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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by CarsnGadgets, May 20, 2010.

  1. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I heard that the orange Desire has various orange apps and changes to the browser and maps etc. as well as a boot screen. :mad:

    Is the O2 desire branded at all other than a boot screen?

    If it is, what have they done and how hard is it to undo?

    cheers. :D

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  2. mirrorimage

    mirrorimage Well-Known Member

    Nope. Its pretty clean.
    Actually, call into the shop and ask to see one before you buy it; all the stores should've gotten demos
  3. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    thanks, will do.

    But because i havent seen a stock, un-molested Desire in the flesh yet, Im not sure what to look for to see if anything is missing or changed.

    Guess the O2 sales assistant would know if I asked him... maybe...

    what shall I check? the browser and maps, google features, Installed apps, anything else?

    thank you :D
  4. steveroe

    steveroe Newbie

    O2 screen on boot, but that's it.
  5. playstation

    playstation Lurker

    can confirm o2 boot logo
  6. mirrorimage

    mirrorimage Well-Known Member

    Yep... just the boot screen.
    There isn't anything else on the phone; menu or anything thats branded... the browser loads with o2 active, but that's easy changed!
    Any questions, lettuce know!
  7. CarsnGadgets

    CarsnGadgets Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    thanks a lot guys much appreciated, will probably be getting an O2 one then :D
  8. purplepixie26

    purplepixie26 Newbie

    and a ringtone - the o2 hold music. (bit odd)
  9. Desire D

    Desire D Well-Known Member

    Just for the record, on the Virgin Mobile Desire, there is also a boot up logo, a widget link on the home screen (easily deleted) and some .mp3's on the supplied 4GB Micro SD card but I think that's about it - hard to know without seeing one on another network.
  10. stringent

    stringent Member

    Ahh the joys of SIM free handsets. :)
  11. origdav

    origdav Newbie

    Anyone know how to remove the O2 boot screen? Thanks
  12. djtosh

    djtosh Lurker

    i upgraded through a carphone warehouse o2 contract and they sent me an unlocked sim free version. no o2 branding or programs present anywhere.
  13. Rotor

    Rotor Member

    I did the same thing except on an Orange contract. Ordered through Carphone Warehouse and got an unbranded, unlocked phone.

  14. dergal

    dergal Lurker

    Also some navigation software - only findable if you 'search' your phone for telmap...

    I want to know how to go to unlocked, unbranded HTC Desire, so I can upgrade!
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  15. aldredd

    aldredd Member

    Huh, never knew that - how do you get it off German though?

    Back OT, :D yep, just boot screen, wallpaper, ring tone, web home page.
    Nothing to worry about - does make you wonder why it's taking them to long to update to froyo!
  16. DCFC79

    DCFC79 Android Enthusiast

    well the networks do they're thing to the update dont they
  17. elwyn

    elwyn Newbie

    Ive only noticed the boot screen saying O2 on mine
  18. pr1vatepiles

    pr1vatepiles Newbie

    got mine from o2 was ment to be sim free and stuff but had the o2 logo on startup and three bears tone. no biggie, rooted it now and very happy with it. could be worse after what other networks put on phones.
  19. richcowell

    richcowell Member

    I got an o2 branded phone, not heavily branded at all, though the update to 2.2 wasn't available... So I debranded using the guide of this page:

    HTC Desire: Updating To FroYo (Official OTA) For Network Branded Handsets… | Mike Southby

    It's the clearest guide I've seen so far, literally step by step...

    In my experience (quite varied, mainly with Nokias, but many other manufacturers too over the years) o2 are generally the best network work mucking around with the software/firmware... Orange are definitely the worst, with Vodafone coming in a close second...

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