Every carrier does it to some extent, and it's obnoxious. Same sorts of apps came on my One S, and since it is my phone, I rooted and used Titanium Backup to back it up (just in case of some sort of system dependency), freeze it, and then uninstall it. International One S ROMs do not suffer the same fate, for whatever reason, and my guess is that the One X international phones don't either. That tells me it's T-Mo (in my case), AT&T (in your case), and other carriers forcing that garbage.
I make one exception, though. T-mobile supports wifi calling via UMA
. Wifi calling is awesome when I'm at work because T-mo's coverage inside my building is suspect at best. Outside (and in other buildings, even) is not an issue. I just work in a dead spot.