June 12th, 2010, 08:13 AM
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Why are O2 so CRAP for Android phones?
I suspect this may have something to do with O2 being the prime iPhone retailer.
I like O2. I really do. Really good coverage, really good customer service, and they sell phones outright for WAY, WAY cheaper than other networks, like 25% cheaper. I guess because other networks just do not want you to buy phones outright. Example: HTC Desire - £349 to £399 from most shops ... £270 from O2.
I was keen on getting the HTC Desire, until I tried the HTC Legend in a Vodafone shop ... although the Desire is more powerful, I just felt it was too big an object - the Legend was just right. However after much asking around, it appeared the Legend was EXCLUSIVE to Vodafone (although none one would say it was outright), Vodafone have poor coverage in my area, and I want to stick with O2. Bah!
Then, I heard about the Wildfire - more like the Desire, but more compact like the Legend. Hooray! This could be just the thing. It's out in two days!
Its not listed on O2's site. The guys at O2 'don't know' if they'll be getting it in or not. It's already listed for pre order from ... Vodafone. And no one else.
O2 sell several HTC phones, but most of them are WinMo or that weird other linux-based crap thing. They only sell ONE phone that is Android - the Desire. NOTHING ELSE! (well, apart from the Dell Streak but that isn't a phone)
What the **** is up with O2 and Android? Do Apple insist on it so they get exclusivity on the iPhone4?