Samsung Galaxy Nexus / Nexus Prime on Orange UK

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  1. balders

    balders Well-Known Member

    cash back......i'm available for an upgrade form the 22nd of november.

    will it have the daft orange square on the back cover?

    will it have a shitty boot animation?

    will it have pointless orange apps?

    more than likely.

    But you are able to haggle a good deal with customer retention's though. Just make sure you have a look around and see what everyone else is offering for the Gnex.

    3 seem to have some good deals.

    Text 500. 24 month 500 mins 5,000 texts 1GB internet

  2. balders

    balders Well-Known Member

    Just having a look over the Orange Features and Spec page for the Gnex,

    Its showing Orange services - Orange Downloads and Mobile TV with a big X next to them, hopefully this means no crapwear.

    Probably wrong though, I can dream.
  3. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    It'll probably have Orange Wednesday and the Your Orange app on there, but I think (hope) it will be as bloat free as possible. I know Verizon's variant in the States is supposed to have minimal bloatware on there and they're supposed to fill their phones up with tripe.

    If I do end up getting it, I'll be getting a case too so the Orange logo on the back won't bother me.
  4. basictonal

    basictonal Member

    do phones usually hit the actual retail shops at the same time they go live on the website shop? (as in official orange website to official orange shop on the high st)

    also a slight hi-jack on the thread topic but here goes (if there is a better place to put these questions let me know):

    i was doing a bit of research on the nexus and looking at the reviews. its not getting as high a score as i would have thought - mostly 4 out of 5 on review sites.

    it seems that the potentially poor camera compared to other phones and the lack of flash (for now) are quite annoying aspects for a supposedly top end phone.

    also lack of an sd card expansion cud be an issue and only 5 homescreens? (havnt owned a modern touch screen mobile before so im not sure this would be a problem for me)

    the battery life is also mentioned but i am taking that as normal for phones with a massive screen?

    so because of this i am thinking of just getting an s2 instead - any opinions on the matter?

    the s2 is getting ICS in the new year but not the vanilla version, as far as i have read.
  5. I spoke with Orange customer services today who confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus is on their system and showing that it's due to be released in 'end November'. There are only 10 days left in November, so I would think it will be sometime soon.

    The guy checked stock, but they weren't showing any stock, so couldn't give more of an update on that.

    He also confirmed that he had someone looking for this phone yesterday and I believe it didn't say that it was coming yesterday, so perhaps their system has been updated overnight/this morning.

    Hope this helps.

    PS anyone got any idea what 3 customer service/reception is like?
  6. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    I got my current handset in an Orange shop before it had been announced on line. It could differ for each phone though.

    To be honest, the camera on most modern phones isn't great, but I was under the impression it wasn't meant to be that bad? I'll need to do a little more reading I think!

    16GB should be fine for the internal memory, just copy stuff to your PC when you don't need it on the phone any more.

    5 homescreens won't be an issue, I found when I was using Sense on my Desire HD, the 7 it provided was way too much. I currently use 5 and I struggle to think of stuff to put on the 5th.

    It's hard to comment on battery life when you've just received a phone. I've found that battery life is generally very poor on most handsets for the first 10 or so days (until the battery/phone has settled) so it's not really fair to comment on battery life yet.

    My mother has an S2, it's her first smartphone. She thinks it's wonderful, I was am little bit "meh". There is no denying the speed, it's slick and the screen is lovely. It just felt cheap and plasticy and I'm not really a fan of Samsungs Touchwiz overlay. It's received all those rave reviews for a reason though so it must be a very good phone.

    Reception is good, my Mrs was with them for 1 contract. Customer service wise, it's probably best we pass on that. :p

    Apologies, if that came across somewhat disjointed.
  7. IRaja

    IRaja New Member

    I have spoken to Orange everyday since last week and as of today morning, the Galaxy Nexus is still not in stock.

    They didn't confirm whether they will be releasing it or not and in all honesty they had no clue about the phone either. They just go by their stock system and there was no update at all.

    I spoke to someone last Friday and they told me that Orange to have it in the warehouses, but the phone is still in the testing phase.

    Maybe they are testing to see that phantom volume drop which has been encountered with the earlier versions of this phone. What do you reckon?

    I'm due for an upgrade tomorrow so I doubt I can get the Nexus now:(
  8. balders

    balders Well-Known Member

    They are testing it with their crapware to make sure it gets in the way and so no one will use.

    I want to talk to the person at the big O that decides they should keep loading that crap on and just ask them, why?

    Just out of interest, does anybody use any of them?

    IRaja, you can still upgrade through Carphone Warehouse or someone like that. Same number, keep all your magic numbers just take a new contract. It might not be as good as going through customer retentions. you pays your money, you takes your chance.
  9. IRaja

    IRaja New Member

    I don't use any of them at all and it's a waste of time and space!

    Since I am on a business account, I have to upgrade with Orange directly unfortunately. Worst case scenario is getting an upgrade for a high value phone, selling it, then getting the nexus offline....but that might cost! Really annoying they can't even give a date, or even a range!
  10. Volitalis

    Volitalis Member

    It seems i'm not the only one desperate for this handset on Orange! I've been receiving calls every day for the past 2 weeks from Orange Loyalty, and for the first week I was told different stories; "it's in testing", "we're not getting it", "we are getting it" .etc.

    However in the past week, things seem to be looking up and I was told categorically by Loyalty that it is in fact imminent. To underline this, I spoke with someone who had no idea what a Galaxy Nexus was so I was put on with the Loyalty Manager who confirmed they were to be getting the phone in 'late the next week or so."

    The Orange help page confirms this (thanks for this rmcdowell):

    IRaja, you'll still be able to upgrade even if your contract runs over. I'm 3 weeks out of contract, it just stays on a monthly rollover.

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  11. Wile E Coyote

    Wile E Coyote New Member

    I'm also in the same position and the above info is very re-assuring, thanks.

    I wouldn't read much into the help pages though as the SE Arc S has been on there for months and they still don't stock it!
  12. Yathushan

    Yathushan Well-Known Member

    I really hope Orange gets the Galaxy Nexus. Cause right now I have my mine through phones4u and the swappables aren't working because they are not currently supported yet.
  13. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    I was in Phones4U today and had a play about. Whilst ICS looks and feels awesome, the phone itself has a typical plasticky Samsung feel too it and I left feeling a little underwhelmed and disappointed. :(
  14. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker Moderator

    To be honest... that's what I was expecting when I saw that it was a Samsung.

    I think that, by the time I can get a new contract phone (2013), there will be enough devices out there that run ICS (or even the next version of Android) for me to have plenty of choice.
  15. IRaja

    IRaja New Member

    I spoke to Orange again today and still they said they are not sure if they will release it or not as it solely depends on the testing. They said they test the phones intensively which is why Orange release phones later than other networks.

    If it fails the test, then they won't release it. If it passes the test, they will release it. I was also informed testing can take up to 60 days for phones.

    Furthermore, they said when the Nexus does release, there will be little to bargain with as the phone is brand new and over
  16. rmcdowell

    rmcdowell Member

    I'd prefer to wait and see what Orange actually do. They are plugging the S2
    heavily at the minute which may explain in part why some people are getting negative vibes from them on the nexus.

    I would be very surprised if Orange were in such early stages of testing the handset to the extent that they had no idea if they would stock it or not. Otherwise why would they have a help and specs page on their website?

    The tarriff/handset structure wont be aka the iphone4, you can get a panther 31 24 month tarriff plus handset for
  17. balders

    balders Well-Known Member

    The Sensation XE has been released on Orange and they are charging quite a lot for that. Because I'm only a band 3 user,
  18. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker Moderator

  19. balders

    balders Well-Known Member

    I didn't take the 3 contract, I've heard mixed reviews on 3's 3g reception. Although it couldn't really be any worse than Oj's.

    Tried that angle with orange as well, a lot of it depends on who you talk to on the other end. One bloke at would knock some off the ex contract, called back later and taked to someone else who wouldn't budge.
  20. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker Moderator

    I know what you mean about Three... if you get back on the phone to Orange, ask to speak to a manager... I think that their customer retentions managers would bend over backwards to keep people. How long have you been with Orange?
  21. balders

    balders Well-Known Member

    Thats a good idea about talking to the organ grinders rather than the monkeys, sorry if anybody works for orange call centers around here.

    I've not been with Oj for to long, just 2 pervious contracts. Enough to have quite a few magic numbers though.
  22. D-U-R-X

    D-U-R-X turbo drinker Moderator

    A couple of years... that's enough for them to want to keep you - not like you only joined them last year!

    All about organ grinders, not monkeys - they also have the power to grant more wishes!!
  23. imperialdalek

    imperialdalek New Member

    I was in the Milton Keynes lounge store on Saturday 26th November 2011.
    I asked the salesman about nexus galaxy and he confirmed that Orange are definitely getting the phone.

    The Samsung Note (cross between an S2 and a tablet) will appear first, then the nexus galaxy.

    I asked him if that was rumour or fact and he stated that it is fact.
    He went to a training / managers update session (whatever orange call them) and handled a samsung note and also the galaxy nexus.

    According to him, the time-frame he'd been given as a guide was - it will be "in store" just before or just after Christmas.

    I was pleased as I've also been hoping Orange will get the phone.
    Obviously, until we see it in the "coming soon list", in-store or in the web shop I'd hold off the celebrations.....

  24. imperialdalek

    imperialdalek New Member

    OK this is totally bonkers....

    I was just checking the orange site using a Google search and google returned this URL

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus | help & support | Orange UK

    I guess we can pop the champagne corks then...........

    Happy Days..............
  25. rmcdowell

    rmcdowell Member

    The Note is already available from Orange for those interested readers!

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