@Optus can you explain why despite serious privacy concerns and proven security flaws in so many of Huawei's products, you are both...
I've raised this issue a number of times over the years and yet nothing has been done. For a telecommunications company to put so many customers privacy at risk is totally negligent on your behalf.
The very least you should be doing is allowing your customers to choose whether they are prepared to risk their privacy by offering BYOD on ALL your internet plans.
@petergdownload you simply have no idea what you're talking about. I know you like to think you've got all the answers and perhaps for some of the posts on these forums, you do. But trust me sunshine, when it comes to me, even on my worst day you still don't come close. Even if you disregard the discussions you and I have had previously, the difference here between you and me is evident by your reply to this post alone.
Firmware / software updates, particularly in telco are ESSENTIAL to ensuring both device functionality and given the nature of telecommunications equipment (here's a hint, what's the purpose of a telecommunications device?) security updates are also IMPERATIVE. And this isn't a matter of opinion, it's fact. Think iPhone "antenna-gate". It's why radio firmware in every single mobile device is required and often, customisations and changes are regularly made to suit locality and services offered by providers. And both Google and Apple wouldn't be spending millions to unnecessarily release security updates to their mobile operating systems on a monthly basis if they were "empty files" and offered no benefit.
In case the above isn't clear, the question was not addressed to you, I'm not interested in your opinion and you have nothing of any technical value to offer.
So, I'll throw this question back to the intended recipient, @Optus
There is a BIG difference between firmware and software when you start talking to a embedded programmer or a system developer who knows about embedded devices.
In the vast majority of cases firmware updates are few and only last until the next modem of the device is out as most manufacturers want you to upgrade and force you to do this by stopping updates. Also most firmware update release notes I have seen and have been involved with are not easy to understand in some cases with regards to what changed as they are not designed for end users to read.
The problem now days is that Linux has replaces allot or RTOS's and as such allot of software developers are getting into the embedded device area and they don't have any idea about resources or multi threading in an embedded device or how to recover from exceptions/runaway threads.
As for Huawei no one has found any issues with the modems or phones or embedded devices Huawei sell and no one is as far as I have seen is banning these or stopping these from being imported/sold.
It is a different story for Huawei networking devices (Mobile or internet switches etc) as these are what are being banned / stopped checked etc. So your original post did not reference these devices.
As for HOW Optus create havock by only selling Hawai and Nokia mobile modems (yes Nokia as well) to end users with cut down firmware that has features removed compared to overseas models I am in 100% agreement as it stops end users from upgrading the firmware and they have to wait for Optus to pull their finger out. There are ways to hack the firmware on some devices to allow you to upgrade them, but this cannot/should NOT be done by the vast majority of end users. If you know what a JTAG is used for then I would advise you go for it.
Only some of the Huawei modems are locked to the Optus network.
As for how Optus document that only the devices they sell work with the optus plans is not 100% correct based on what I have seen on some whirlpool threads and I know personally that the list does not include old modems that will work that are not included .
Overall the original post IMHO should be posted as three seperate posts as follows:
1) Why Optus document that they only support Huawei devices with Optus specific firmware, which stops the end user from upgrading the firmware when the manufacturer releases an upgrade s the end user has to wait for Optus to do a release.
2) Optus slow or non existed support for existing and past modems sold. You will need to supply details on this one to show that optus are either/both slow or do not release updates at all after they stop selling the modem.
3) Security flaws - need to give references or links as there are no details on this in you post and I have not seen any regarding Huawei phones or modems. There are generic issues with Android that are across the board with specific Android versions, but these are not just Huawei devices and as such if this is the case is yet another post.
@TheRealJoel As far as 4G Home Broadband product goes setup the B818 in Bridge Mode and use any router you choose.
Think of this forum as like one of those security seminars in Dubai that you no doubt attend each year. There are lots of people with lots of different views and knowledge. However you've taken it on yourself to stand up in the back row and start yelling demands at the speaker on the stage. All the while telling everyone else in the room to be quiet because this is not a conversation that concerns them.
Put simply you seem to be in the wrong place and asking the wrong questions to the wrong people.
Personally I appreciate you keeping not only my internet but everything outside of it up and running. However if you do want to effect change you're probably going to have to do more than just tell everyone you're the smartest person in the room - on the internet nobody knows you're a dog.
Hopefully the person up on stage will shoot you a reply (although I'm pretty sure it will be fairly generic.
@TheRealJoel Some real stats are that I have worked on systems with 400 VM's at the back end with 2800 remote sites with 96K networked devices in total at the sites. And this does NOT include all of the other systems I have been involved with or where my code has been used in.
@AndrewC1 - Congratulations. I don't care and am not impressed.
@petergdownload - You're still a f*cking flog and talk tough when you're hiding behind your keyboard.
You guys clearly live your lives hanging out like a bunch of losers in Optus forums answering questions that were never addressed to you. Good for you.
Now, for the third time, @Optus - your response please?