Orange France woes


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    Sosu2211 New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi all,

    You have probably seen treads like this a lot, but i have been having trouble finding exact answers to my questions - wondering if people can help me out!

    I got an HTC Desire from Orange France about 6 weeks ago, and have been appalled by the rubbish on there. I have downloaded Youtube, Gmail, GTalk etc to get it up to speed on the apps I actually want, but I understand I can't actually delete any of the Orange pre-installed stuff.

    I work outside France, so want to unlock the phone, but Orange have quoted me a lot, so I have gone to 2 #rd party websites recommended by these boards, and both have told me that the phone imei is too new to be in the database atm :/

    Also, I am yet to see the 2.2 update, and dread the rubbish that will be in there...

    So...

    I am wondering, is there any way I can unlock the phone myself? And then once that is done, run a totally stok version of Android, without any orange interference?

    Any help and advice on this is really appreciated!

    Sosu
     

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    anoniemouse Well-Known Member

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    Sosu2211 New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Many thanks for the reply and info anoniemouse! :)

    Just checked out the links and am so tempted to give it a go. Only issue I have it that I don't have a windows PC to run some of the apps, only Mac OS X and Ubuntu :/ Guess I'll give it a miss for the time being and see what the default Orange install of 2.2 is like... wonders may never cease and it may have less junk than last time!
     
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    A lot of the original rooting methods required a linux machine to interface properly with the phone, i am sure there will be alternatives on the various sites.
     
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    Sosu2211 New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Well, I plucked up the courage earlier, and got to work on debranding:

    Used this guide for creating a goldcard in Mac OS X here:

    Howto root HTC G1/Dream under Mac OS X or Linux Mapleator

    And then the guide to updating to 2.2 without windows by copying the update directly to the gold card:

    http://androidforums.com/htc-desire/177907-froyo-2-09-405-8-update-windows-not-required.html

    It worked a treat!! I can't believe that I didn't do it earlier. The difference in the phone is like night and day.

    I have not had any wifi connectivity errors or issues, connecting to my wifi network still works great, and also 3g/gprs etc seems to be working fine (although I am roaming atm so only had it turned on for seconds).

    It has led me on to 3 more questions though:

    1. The phone is still locked to Orange in France, but I get my unlock code from them tomorrow - can I just enter the code and forget about it, treating the phone like a normal unlocked Desire?

    2. When I want to update to any new versions of Android, can I use the update function in the phone? or will this still be tied to Orange and reuse an orange image?

    3. The MicroSD card I used to make the goldcard is only 4gig, and for photos and music I need a bigger one. Can I buy say a 16 gig card and do the same procedure to create a new goldcard, or I am now tied to this 4gig card all the time?

    Any help appreciated!

    Many thanks,

    Sosu
     
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    anoniemouse Well-Known Member

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    If you are not rooted & just using a generic rom you can use the update on the phone, this will be the updates htc push out & not your carrier updates.
    Once you input your unlock code the phone will be like fully free from Orange restrictions & open to use any sim card, as it will be like it was brought as an open phone from scratch.
    You can make any sd card to a gold card to work with your phone, just use the same procedure you already used.
     
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    Sosu2211 New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks so much for the reply! Looks like I am home free finally :)

    I unlocked the phone today... currently on a local Swiss carrier. I went to a 3rd party after another 'discussion' with Orange who quoted me
     
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    I am on Orange UK & they quoted silly money for unlocking, i also went to a 3rd party site too.
    Glad you are all sorted out though m8.
     

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