Holy Crap Cole, the smart phone apps are just ridiculous. I have an android phone that I was able to root. (For those that dont know, Rooting a phone allows you to obtain administrative rights to the phone). When we buy smartphones; companys lock certain sections of the phone down. For instance, they will come pre-installed with applications which you cannot uninstall, just plain EVIL.
After I rooted the phone I was able to remove unwanted applications plus install a privacy advisory. (Of course verizon or at&t wouldnt want you to be able to install a privacy advisor or you might be able to tell what these "harmless" apps are tracking)
I couldnt believe it when I received the report.... Reading my SMS messages! my contacts! my phone calls! my voicemail! tracking my location! tracking my web searching history! my photos! ahhhhhhhh!
The worst of all of them was facebook! Man, after that my eyes saw the light and I removed half of the apps that were installed. I also instantly closed my facebook accout (much to the dismay of my friends)
Yes Cole, the smartphone apps are unreal!