My S3 arrived this morning from Orange.
I was initially quite surprised as on booting up, the exploding Orange symbol appeared, and I expected the usual over-the-top branding and bloatware. But there doesn't appear to be any, apart from the tiny (and useless) Orange Plus app.
Having checked, it too does not have the software update version.
I can't believe that yet again Orange are putting their own restrictions on this phone.
It must surely contravene some element of the Trade Descriptions Act. Customers are paying full price (plus) to acquire the phone on a contract, and yet they are not getting what they are paying for.
As I'm within the 14 days 'cooling off' period I will be calling Orange tonight to cancel the upgrade and return the phone. I'll go to Carphone Warehouse at the weekend to get a proper unbranded one.