Will it come with a nasty Orange logo plastered over it and one of the most useful functions from the menu removed and replaced with a pointless shortcut to the orange wap site / music store...?
Orange has priced up the 3G iPhone: it'll cost French folk €149 ($234/£118) for the 8GB model, or €199 ($312/£158) for the 16GB version. The handset will go on sale in France on 17 July, and those prices apply to new Orange customers who take out one of its dedicated iPhone airtime packages, or one of its Origimi Star, First …
I've been an orange costumer foryears and always wondered why Orange decided to take a perfectly good menu and futtock the usefulness out of it!!
it took someone time and cost some department money to "design" the hideous 2 colour icons pleas orange just leave things alone!
after signing up to a new 18 month contract my shiney new LG secret has no less than 6 shortcuts to paid websites that are top of the list and totally useless... yet good functionality is removed... you all sods!
and you know the lovingly designed OSX style icons will be replaced with some orange and grey skite!!
<sigh> I've nver understood it either. In fact it wasn't until my son (who used to work in a phone shop) pointed out to me that my Orange Sony Ericsson was sadly lacking in some prime features and the menus and skin forked over royally. He also said it was possible to have 'done' by a shop to revert it to the default Sony factory settings. Anyone know if this is possible as it would then negate that seriously crap and annoying WAP 'feature'
Annoyingly (as you have found out) the big mobile players (Voda, Orange, O2, T-Mob etc) have a nasty habit of effectively creating their own branded firmware full of their own tosh and sometimes lacking some features.
However in many cases it is possible to find a helpful shop (http://www.kingmobilephone.com being my usual port of call) who will put the latest manufacturer (Nokia, S-E etc) firmware on, which is usually newer than the players' firmware. The upside being you get a nice de-branded mobile and hopefully some proper features and a few bug fixes.
No problem debranding your phone, and for free as long as you have the USB cable that came with the phone.
Pop along to http://forums.se-nse.net/ and either look at the guides posted on how to do it or have a chat in the newbie section.
We'll get your phone back to it's former glory in no time ;)
After shopping around for a while, I had decided that the HTC Hermes was the best phone to replace my aging Sony P800. The best price to be had was from Telstra (OZ Telco equivalent of BT, with the same effective monopoly drawback and the added inconvenience of having gone "public") as the iMate JasJam (stupid name).
Got the phone home, wasn't bad, but something didn't feel right about it. Got on the net, found *several* sites about the HTC Hermes software and realised that Telstra had f*cked the hell out of the phone (the Wi-Fi LAN functions were almost non-existent, for example). Two downloads (one for the main OS and utilities, one for an upgraded set of radio drivers) and a re-sync later and I had a phone which simply shat over the old iMate version.
Haven't looked back since.
"Apparently last night O2 put up a page with iPhone PAYG prices for the UK (299 pounds for the 8GB model), but it seems to have been pulled."
If that's the case, they can go screw themselves.
At the risk of showing my ignorance regarding mobile telephony. can someone answer me this: I currently have a phone with a T-Mobile (UK) SIM card in it - let's say I decided, on a whim, to pop over to Germany and pick up an iPhone, what are the chances (if any) that my existing T-Mobile SIM would work in the German iPhone?
Purely hypothetical (at the moment) but a tempting prospect nonetheless, since I'm quite happy with T-Mobile's service and having ditched O2 a while ago for being utterly crap I'd rather not sign up with them again, PAYG or not.
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