I don't see that their offering you the ability to make calls at emergencies justifies or legitimizes their depriving you of your freedoms. The ability to make calls is still a way of luring you to give up your privacy and your freedom (there's a reason why these tracking devices are called *cell* phones :-) So, thank them for what you're grateful of, but also complain and use your freedom and power of choice to demand respect. Don't let the bait buy your silence or make you complacent.
I'm not concerned with the copyriht issues. They're just a distraction. Even if there was no copyright issue whatsoever, the blobs would still be non-Free Software (i.e., software that deprives users of their four essential software freedoms), and inducing people to accept them is socially harmful practice that proponents of software freedom had better not engage in.