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Old June 12th, 2010, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

FFS!!!

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?

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I think its more down to Vodafone being very good at getting exclusive handsets more than anything. O2 also tend to announce handsets very late so I would hang on and see what happens.

Vodafone reception is also pathetically poor where I live so Im also looking for something Android from O2 in the next 2-3 weeks although size doesnt worry me so much coming from a HD2
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You could try getting an unlocked handset off eBay/Amazon/wherever and use it with O2's £15/m contract which offers 300 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data(this will not be available from the 24th, so get in now!).


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O2 sell several HTC phones, but most of them are WinMo or that weird other linux-based crap thing.
LOL, you do know that Android is linux based??

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They only sell ONE phone that is Android - the Desire. NOTHING ELSE! (well, apart from the Dell Streak but that isn't a phone)
I got the streak as my primary phone and works pretty damm good now that I have worked out the software! The size was a little daunting at first but hasn't been a issue at all.

Good Luck with the hunt
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You could always try either the Sony Ericcson X10 or the X10 mini/mini pro. There is also a samsung with Android not sure which 1 it is though. The Wildfire is available on o2 if you purchase it via Carphone Warehouse
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I've had a crazy week with o2, Saturday just gone i renewed contract with them and agreed on the HTC desire. but i'm still waiting to receive my phone.
Eventually today it's been dispatched, but no one at o2 could tell me prior to it being dispatched when I could expect to receive it!
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Well I went into an o2 store yesterday and bought an HTC Desire and had no problem. If going to purchase pay as you go do it in store, good offers ( got my Desire for £325) and most phones are available even those not on the online store.
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A couple of weeks ago decided to download the O2 upgrade to 2.2. Had been wanting to root it and get a rom but feared bricking mobile. The O2 upgrade ended up bricking it on the O2 screen anyway but they replaced it. It has left me with the same problem. Lost everything on old and have a 32gb SD which Iíve copied and cleared. So Iím starting from scratch and feel that probably Leedroid is the most popular.
Which route should I follow for rooting?
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Old January 28th, 2011, 05:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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well o2 is now the exclusive UK HTC windows phone provider and so all their new HTC phones will be HD models. It's rumoured they probably won't be getting another HTC android phone after the Desire. They are probably never gonna have the Desire HD themselves. They are big competition for the exclusivity deal! You can get Android models from other suppliers and keep your o2 contract (say carphone warehouse). Disappointing for customers though. They are losing customers over this! poor decision
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