Android Porting Scam hits eBay
Posted September 23, 2010 at 09:00 am by Ben Elliott
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.
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