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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Dougie Nucleus, May 20, 2011.

  1. Dougie Nucleus

    Thread Starter

    Good Day All

    Patience please - new smartphone user.....

    Got a Desire HD on ebay - it wasn't advertised as brown so I'm trying to return it.

    However - it is supposedly unlocked, but it turned on as I took it out of the box and one of the first things I saw was a large "3" logo. Since I don't want to remove the plastic sleeve around it, I'd rather not test it by simply insert a new sim and see what happens.

    If unlocked, why the carrier's logo? Is there anything I can do via the touchscreen to establish its status?

    Other ebay ads include the claim "no logos". Does this mean unlocked?

    And whats "rooted"?

    Many thanks! - Doug

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  2. 05needhamn39

    05needhamn39 Newbie

    The phone could still be unlocked as the "3" logo is just part of the firmware (kind of like the operating system). The only way to test is to put in a different sim as far as i know. As far as the brown goes i only noticed this on my phone a month after i bought it as its very subtle in anything but direct sunlight. and its a very dark brown, i personally like it ;-)

    Rooted is kind of like being the administrator as it means you can alter things companies would rather you left alone. I.e device speed and type of firmware. Rooting is optional and risky, but opens up a world of possibilities if you take the plunge!!!

    Hope this helps!!!
  3. Mitchturbo

    Mitchturbo Well-Known Member

    Htc DHD at the moment only come in chocolate colour... Although its more browny/dark grey.
    Although under certain lighting it is possible to mistake it for black lol... The chocolate colour kinda gives it the same feel as the original Desire I think. Would love to see one in white though lol, might have to treat myself to another case ;)
  4. RussWWFC

    RussWWFC Android Enthusiast

    I'm glad I don't sell my stuff to you, wanting to get rid just because you don't like the colour.

    Unless they explicitly stated it was another colour, then you'd be in the right
  5. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate!
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    Brown is totally the new black this season.

    What 05needhamn39 says, it may have the network logo on the back of it, but if it's actually unlocked the only way to test would be by putting another networks SIM in. If it's rejected, then you'd have grounds to send it back as it wasn't as advertised. If it's just the colour, apparently Orange do a black version, but the standard model is brown.
  6. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42

    I wanted the black Orange one, but for some inexplicable reason it was
  7. Mitchturbo

    Mitchturbo Well-Known Member

    I personaly wouldnt buy a second hand smart phone especially of eBay...
  8. Dougie Nucleus

    Thread Starter

    Thanks All for the education. There are some black ones on ebay - I may sell this one on...

    Regards - Doug
  9. Shonan

    Shonan Android Enthusiast

    Im on three and would maybe interested in buying it off you for the missis, if interested drop me a P.M fella :D
  10. loulou

    loulou Well-Known Member

    I bought mine second-hand from ebay in January..any gadget can be a risk but I had no problems.

    It was a female seller, she hadn't wiped her MicroSD card and had barely used it, just to test the camera/video, it seemed. I saved me
  11. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate!
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    What's the number?
  12. loulou

    loulou Well-Known Member

    rwireless: Hidden menus in Android phone

    "*#*#4636#*#* (*#*#info#*#*)". Read that it doesn't work in Froyo 2.2.1, and not working in Gingerbread either.

    Definitely managed to access it. It displays the battery usage in hours..though I found the hack months ago.

    Have to do a bit of reading.

    Apparently the app Spare Parts can tell you the battery history. http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.androidapps.spare_parts

    Other methods: http://androidforums.com/desire-support-troubleshooting/197780-battery-level.html
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  13. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate!
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    The *#*# thing just shows time since last boot and Spare Parts force closes when I try to access Battery History/Activity.

    Thanks though, now I know it can be done, I'll investigate.
  14. Dougie Nucleus

    Thread Starter

    Shonan - I've decided to keep it. Mitchturbo is right, its not THAT brown, and a black protective cover disguises it fine.

    Cheers - Doug
  15. Dougie Nucleus

    Thread Starter

    And another thing - I presume there's an instruction manual available on the HTC website? Or is it in the phone software somewhere?

    Thanks All - Doug
  16. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate!
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    If you mount it as a USB Device to your PC, there's a .pdf file on the root of the SD Card.
  17. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42

    You can also get them here if the seller has removed it from the sdcard.
  18. Spaceprobe

    Spaceprobe Android Enthusiast

    Sorry its a phone, what does it matter if its dark brown (looks nice in my view) or black. Buying anything on Ebay these days is a minefield.

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The HTC Desire HD release date was October 2010. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 8MP camera, 768GB RAM, Snapdragon S2 processor, and 1230mAh battery.

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