Ben Elliott · Sep 23, 2010 at 09:00 am

Android Porting Scam hits eBay

One of the most major breakthroughs in the field of HD2 software development since the device’s release has been managing to run the popular Android operating system instead of the pre-installed Windows Mobile, offering a new level of choice for the consumer.

Regulars of this site will know that they can find out exactly how to get Android running on their Windows Mobile site simply by making use of the searching and browsing features of the forums. Moreover, it’s common knowledge around these parts that such information is free.

Unfortunately, members have recently been alerted to an increasing trend on eBay. Some sellers have been taking advantage of the lack of technical knowledge of others by selling the information that is freely available on sites such as xda-developers, as if the winning bidder has bought the ability to use Android on their HD2.

While the scams seem to be in a legally grey area,  it is obvious that such abuse of other people’s hard work to improve a developing community is wrong. I’m sure that all of you reading this would never fall for such tricks but you may have friends or relatives who don’t know that they can get Android without having to pay a hefty fee (often merely for a link to the appropriate porting thread on this site).

Please try to alert others to these listings so that they don’t have to throw their money down the drain as a penalty for not being a smartphone expert. It’s also advisable to report the listings to eBay as some are being deleted by the site upon detection.

If you would like to contribute to the ongoing discussion of the topic, check out this thread.

Thanks go to XDA member nicandris for the tip!


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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