I signed a new contract over the phone with Orange a couple of days ago and upon starting up my new handset I was surprised to notice there didn't seem to be any Orange bloatware.
The startup screen on my old Android phone had an Orange animated logo explosion thing but this phone just has the Samsung logo animated. There's not even an Orange logo on the case anywhere. I've had a few phones from Orange over the years and they've all had a logo on. THe only thing that has anything to do with Orange is an app called SIM Toolkit, that when you click it has two options: Call Orange and Information. Maybe that's just info on the SIM card? I dunno.
I was going to put my mate's SIM in to see if it's network locked but then I remembered this trick. Using dial code *#7465625# is your carrier-branded phone SIM Locked?
It's unlocked! I seem to have an unbranded, unlocked phone direct from Orange! What's going on? Have they seen the light, or, more likely, is it something to do with the EverythingEverywhere merger?