In a statement, Android maker HTC said that Carrier IQ is required on its devices by a "number of U.S. carriers." The company did not say whether the carriers are asking for the software to be integrated into both its Android and its Windows Phone OS devices. "It is important to note that HTC is not a customer or partner of Carrier IQ and does not receive data from the application, the company, or carriers that partner with Carrier IQ," the company said. The statement added that HTC is looking at ways to give consumers a way to opt out of data collection by the Carrier IQ application.
A Samsung spokeswoman said the company integrates Carrier IQ into its products at the request of carriers. It did not specify which of its cellphones carries the software.
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