So Orange won't be supporting it, but you can get it on contract with Orange through Carphonewarehouse who say that, if you have any problems, you should call Orange's customer service support!??!
Don't get me wrong... I believe you when you say that they told you that are not offering it/will never support it, but where's the guy got his info from? I've been told, as have others, that it is "on it's way" or will be "with them soon"... even had one of their customer service people telling me that she was waiting for the handset... it just doesn't add up!
To be honest, I have a year left on my contract and, by the time I'm due for an upgrade, there will be something else new that won't be available on Orange