Task killers seem to be the one subject that will never die, and carriers seem to be a big part of the reason why. First things first -- task killers only make things worse. I've said it, folks like Cyanogen have said it (for fun, try filing a bug report with CM 6 and mention that you use a task killer), and even the folks who wrote Android have said it.
So why do the carriers (notably Verizon, but I'm sure it happens elsewhere) insist on forcing one onto your new Android phone? I've heard from two separate sources that it is not Verizon policy, nor is it in the training to pre-install task killing software on Android phones that are being set-up, but reports of it happening (like the source link at the end of this post) are so numerous that I'm starting to wonder. This is where you come in. Cory (our forums administrator) has set up a poll asking about your purchasing experience and if it included a task manager. We need you all to answer so we know just what we're fighting against. And a word to those of you who might be new to Android -- if your carrier did install a task manager for you, do yourself a favor and uninstall it right after you vote in the poll. [Android Central Forums]