That is what I thought. I can't believe that you don't have an option to limit what it shows.
only way to limit what it shows is to turn things off, and frankly, the only things on the status bar are what you normally find on other phones. They do seem to take up a lot of space. If you turn off NFC (which is something i never really use) the square icon with the curvy "N" in it goes away, and that seems to free up some space.
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