Unnecessary Telus icons on smartphones

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pcaker
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On my recently acquired Galaxy Note 4 there were at least 2 unnecessary Telus icons taking up valuable screen real estate, and misleading the user.
1. A world globe labelled with "Internet" under it was nothing of the sort, but instead took you to a Telus website.
2. On many app screens a home symbol appears on top left of screen. Once again, this does not relate to the app or take you to a useful app "menu" or to your own home screen, but instead takes you again to a Telus website.
Given that I and many others will already have a Telus icon "T" on screen which will take us to our Telus account, it is irritating to have 2 more similar and unnecessary icons imposed on the user. Most users only need to access Telus websites occasionally, therefore imposing so many and redundant means of access is irritating.
That top left icon should be replaced by something relating only to the app in use - how about access to the app menu or settings, which on some apps is still hard to access or find. I miss the "menu" button on earlier phones, so much simpler than all these different kinds of sweeps which may or may not produce the desired result.

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v9
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@packer-Welcome to forum: You reached an important point, there're some useless apps on Cellphones nowadays. In the case of our network TELUS it has-I'd say more than 2-Extra apps In my "Samsung Gs4" beside those you mentioned-I got another one recently, called (Telus-Featured)

 

When tap it display a filter to choose OP-Systems like: Apple-Android-Blackberry-WPhone: If selected Apple it takes to iTunes -If android to Play Store,.etc. The (Telus-Featured) I find it useful. Back to unnecessary apps. Could be a strategy to eat it up the user-Data & get in overage charges.

 

Because all these extra apps, occupy memory space and some, works in the background like Google apps that-sum more than 10 in phones powered by Android. On top of that every week, come up with at least 10 updates, taken 2-3 mins. to installed.

 

YES, we can un-install some, but it's been said affect the functionality of the devices. Manufacturers should include, instead apps to clean, catcher & junk files like..One sweep, CCleaner or create one to (Add-reduce: Data consumption) I'd pay for it Hu-ha!..Ok Iet's hear opinions on this topic, from other members. Greetings from <v9>

@v9-12 yrs.Telus mobile user & Ex-BC Tel cable installer.
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v9
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@packer-Welcome to forum: You reached an important point, there're some useless apps on Cellphones nowadays. In the case of our network TELUS it has-I'd say more than 2-Extra apps In my "Samsung Gs4" beside those you mentioned-I got another one recently, called (Telus-Featured)

 

When tap it display a filter to choose OP-Systems like: Apple-Android-Blackberry-WPhone: If selected Apple it takes to iTunes -If android to Play Store,.etc. The (Telus-Featured) I find it useful. Back to unnecessary apps. Could be a strategy to eat it up the user-Data & get in overage charges.

 

Because all these extra apps, occupy memory space and some, works in the background like Google apps that-sum more than 10 in phones powered by Android. On top of that every week, come up with at least 10 updates, taken 2-3 mins. to installed.

 

YES, we can un-install some, but it's been said affect the functionality of the devices. Manufacturers should include, instead apps to clean, catcher & junk files like..One sweep, CCleaner or create one to (Add-reduce: Data consumption) I'd pay for it Hu-ha!..Ok Iet's hear opinions on this topic, from other members. Greetings from <v9>

@v9-12 yrs.Telus mobile user & Ex-BC Tel cable installer.
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xray
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I'm not familiar with the Samsung skin on Android but I suspect that the globe icon is just the Android browser and that the TELUS web site as been set as the default home page. Just go to the browser settings and change the home page to something else.
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Thanks v9 and xray, you can also download a launcher in your device from the Playstore, you'll be able to customize your device the way you like it. Feel free to download Chrome as your web browser, I use it on my s4 and it's great.