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Details in Orange July catalogue on pricing (not on web yet).

for those that don't know, this phone is £430 simfree. Its considered to be one of the best phones around at the moment, the top 4 phones (arguably):

screen keyboard:
iPhone 3G
HTC Touch Diamond

real keyboard:
HTC Touch Pro (Diamond with keyboard and microsd socket)
Sony Experia X1
Blackberry Bold
Nokia E71

http://www.htc.com/www/product.aspx?id=46278
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banned#1
Not a bad starter that.

Was expecting more. The phone is still pretty expensive direct.

Is the Touch Pro (tytn III) actually available yet though?
#2
vibeone
Not a bad starter that.

Was expecting more. The phone is still pretty expensive direct.

Is the Touch Pro (tytn III) actually available yet though?


The only provider that has confirmed the Touch Pro to me is tmobile. No delivery date yet, but expect it to be August.

rgds
banned#3
I meant direct - I'm not sure its released yet is it?

I'd prefer a Touch Diamond with a numbe keypad really, a la Touch Dual.
#4
£720 over the whole term.
or money savers can wait just 1 or 2 months and the price will drop.
#5
Play are selling this sim-free for £399 before discounts: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/203860/htc-diamond-399-00-at-play-com-sim-/showthread.php?t=203860

That thread also mentions some good value orange deals starting from £25 per month (handset 99p)
#6
..that said...
it is a killer phone for windows mobile lovers,
With built in GPS and Auto Focus camera
#7
It's £400 sim-free from Play.com (less £16 quidco!)

Excellent phone, shame about the battery...
#8
Pity it's on Orange, so you get all their garbage branding on it. I'd get it on O2 or sim-free, but as it stands the Orbit 2 is probably the better option on O2. Free web surfing bolt on and 600m, 1000txt, for £30pm.
banned#9
Scribbles
Pity it's on Orange, so you get all their garbage branding on it. I'd get it on O2 or sim-free, but as it stands the Orbit 2 is probably the better option on O2. Free web surfing bolt on and 600m, 1000txt, for £30pm.

Easy to flash. I'd rather buy whatever network I was on, and flash it to the HTC rom.
#10
Scribbles
Pity it's on Orange, so you get all their garbage branding on it. I'd get it on O2 or sim-free, but as it stands the Orbit 2 is probably the better option on O2. Free web surfing bolt on and 600m, 1000txt, for £30pm.


When you first switch it on right after set up there is a message saying waiting to install "ORANGE GARBAGE". Press soft reset exact at that point. You will have a clean windows.

If you are not given the chance to this message box just hard reset it from settings (Clear Storage) and then follow above.

You are right about free data plan though. T-Mobile are best and generous IMHO.
#11
I like the soft reset thing lol
I don't like Orange's bastdized today screen and themes. I dunno where they get off on putting that **** on all their phones.
banned#12
Scribbles
I like the soft reset thing lol
I don't like Orange's bastdized today screen and themes. I dunno where they get off on putting that **** on all their phones.

Nobody does.

XDA-Developers.com is your friend, although with the soft reset method, you don't actually change the rom anyway.
#13
vibeone
Nobody does.

XDA-Developers.com is your friend, although with the soft reset method, you don't actually change the rom anyway.


Quite right, great website to get the unlocking, roms and literally everything windows mobile.
However soft-reset method is easiest and that is why I recommend it to everybody new to windows mobile.
#14
Scribbles
Pity it's on Orange, so you get all their garbage branding on it. I'd get it on O2 or sim-free, but as it stands the Orbit 2 is probably the better option on O2. Free web surfing bolt on and 600m, 1000txt, for £30pm.


That's a good deal - can you list where you found it
#15
Oranges support for recent HTC phones has been dire, not helped by recent HTC phones not being that geat either.

I think there was a class action against them in the US as so many failed to do what they should have as smart phones.
#16
Scribbles
Pity it's on Orange, so you get all their garbage branding on it. I'd get it on O2 or sim-free, but as it stands the Orbit 2 is probably the better option on O2. Free web surfing bolt on and 600m, 1000txt, for £30pm.


If you reflash it with a rom from the XDA forum mentioned above you obviously debrand whats inside - I debranded the outside on my silver HTC phone with a sugar cube - which strips the paint but does not scratch the paint (but try a tiny bit first) - but I dont know how it goes with black painted phones.

WHen I had difficulties with my phone - Orange gave me the manufacturers number to call for advice in the far east.
#17
If you go through beepy.co.uk you can get it for 99p on a £25 a month contract (18 months) and get £40 Quidco.
#18
That's nice but I'll wait for the Omnia.
#19
backtothecaves
That's a good deal - can you list where you found it


http://shop.o2.co.uk/mobile_phone/O2/Xda_Orbit_2?lastPage=/mobile_phones/Pay_Monthly/page3

It comes with licenced CoPilot Live 7 GPS software, car kit, windscreen holder, UK/IRE maps etc. It even comes with a screen protector. £30pm over 24months or £35pm over 18 months. You have to change the free bolt on from the default free O2-O2 calls to free web. Don't forget £35 cashback from Quidco.

24 month contracts are not everyone's cup of tea, but £30pm is great for a phone that I know will have two years longevity. You can always start incrementally dropping the tariff cost after 9 months. The Orbit 2 is a class act at an affordable price.
#20
I saw the T-Diamond the other day on tottenham court road . The chap swore blind it had a memorycard slot which he couldn't show me. One call to the HTC rep later & and we had a redfaced recant. Anyway this leads to my other point... measly 4GB built in memory with no option to increase via memory card...most PPC lovers mess with their phones .. especially if you're a regular visitor to XDADEVELOPERS . Experienced (sensible) modders alway have a an off board backup to hand if anything goes wrong while ''cooking'' their phones usually stored on the MIcroSD card.
If this phone went belly up , your back up would be completely destroyed if it resided on the phone because there is no MIcroSD to save the back up to (you could save to your desktop but I'd rather have to hand anytime anywhere).
Not sure if there is an incorruptible partition on the internal memory to save things to. In anycase I've an 8GB card in my Orbit. & nothing would persuade me to reduce capacity.
I think I'll wait for the TOUCH PRO.. no 4GB capacity ..but at least you have a memorycard slot to expand to the limits your pockets can stretch!!
BY the way the handset's really compact & very flat when placed next to my Orbit.
The touch Pro is exactly the same dimensions but about twice as thick because of the slide pad!!
#21
can someone please post the pricing details that appear in Orange's July catalogue? (i.e how much is the phone on a £35 contract and if there any better data plans)
thanks...
#22
ibiza

I think there was a class action against them in the US as so many failed to do what they should have as smart phones.


Yep, more details here on the exact issue that users have been experiencing...

http://www.htcclassaction.org/

...and what has and has not been done about it :)
#23
I have an 8gb MicroSDHC in my XDA. Any PDA with no memory slot is not worthy IMO, it should be mandatory on a PDA. Got my Orbit 2 yesterday, and it's bloomin gorgeous!!

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