Sorry for another San Fran listing but for those struggling to find stock at Argos looks like Prepaymania have the black ones back in stock. However, now looks like you have to add the £10 top up - price is £89.99 but when checking out adds £10 top up automatically. I know the white ones are available at same price but some prefer the Black/Grey one.
Possible £5 Quidco cashback as well - I think.
White one also available on their website at the same price as their ebay store - however, the price on their own site includes £10 top up whereas no mention on their ebay listing that it includes the top-up.
A couple of links below for advice on upgrading etc:http://www.orangesanfrancisco.co.uk/android/how-to-install-custom-roms-android-2-2-from-scratch-on-the-orange-san-francisco-zte-blade/http://www.orangesanfrancisco.co.uk
For people just reading this thread and not previous ones handy tips from another post below:
If you have an orange PAYG simcard you can get £20 off which brings it down to £89.99, just call the sales team on 0800 079 2000 and ask for the discount! Some people have got it for £78.99, it often takes multiple phone calls to get it for that price and you will also certainly need an orange payg sim card that you have topped up recently to get a price of £78.99, £82.99 or £89.99 which are the 3 prices most people get quoted. As of early december nearly everyone is getting the £78.99 price now, it seems orange is happy to sell it at that price for existing payg customers.
Paul @ Modaco is releasing custom roms, forum for Orange San Francisco/ZTE Blade custom roms here: http://android.modaco.com/category/453/zte-blade-blade-modaco-com/
Talk Time: 4 hours
Standby Time: 9 days
Dimensions: 116 x 56.5 x 11.8
3.5 inch touchscreen, 480x800
Camera Features: 3 megapixel
Connectivity: WiFi / Bluetooth / USB / SatNav
Music: MP3 / FM Radio
Network Band: Tri band
Memory: 512 MB internal (160mb spare) / Up to 32gb Micro SD Card
Email: POP3 / IMAP4
Data Speed: 3G +
Operating System: Android
Version: Eclair v2.1
Other: Orange WiFi, Your Orange
Applications and Features: Orange Maps, Orange Messenger by Windows Live, Orange App Store, Email, Orange Wednesdays
As a comparison to another lowER value android phone the HTC wildfire, the photos are 3mp instead of 5mp and look rather alot worse, i've compared them. The battery life it approximately half of the HTC wildfire, HOWEVER the screen is bigger and 480x800 res so its far easier to read, you are able to zoom in on webpages and read correctly where as you can only see in 100% zoomed in or fully zoomed out on the htc wildfire. The wildfire uses 240x320 resolution so there are many apps that aren't available on the android market for it, there's many more available for the Orange San Francisco. The cpu is 600mhz vs 528mhz and is considerably faster on the orange san francisco i've found. The HTC Wildfire has Android 2.2 firmware update available now. The orange san francisco is way cheaper. The Samsung i5500 Galaxy Europa is available for £99+£10 topup at e2save, it also has advantages and disadvantages over the san francisco.
FREE Unlock calculator: http://www.nextgenserver.com/calculator/
Put your IMEI in (which is printed on the box and is also available at Settings-About Phone-Status-IMEI), select ZTE, leave default model as ZTE BLUEBELT. Put a non-orange sim card in and enter the code and press "unlock" and it will then be done.
Samsung i900 Screen Protector fits brilliantly without any cutting. For a soft gel case the Nokia e71 is a great fit but will require you to make a hole as the speaker is covered, as of 8th dec there are no silicone cases that are designed for the Orange san francisco available yet, usually they are out a few weeks after new handsets are released.
Link to Wiki page which will give you lots of info about this phone: http://wiki.jimatech.com/index.php?title=Orange_SanFransisco_Mobile
This phone for can sometimes be bought for £159 with one years pre-paid credit on orange in shop. Also £129 for the phone with 6 months credit. (Credit is loaded automatically every month at £10 for one whole year on the sim card, along with free extras which you choose such as free internet or calls etc). This is alot cheaper than buying the phone separate and than topping up £10 each month over the year. You can buy this phone on contract on orange's site but its very expensive, cheaper to buy the phone and use payg sims or the £7.50/month vodafone sim or £10/month tesco sim depending on your needs.
Vodafone UK 3G/MMS settings for PAYG and also Contract sims, tested and works perfectly: http://pastebin.ca/1991037
Wifi is a problem for this phone, for many users it stops working, we believe this is a driver problem of the handset, its unknown if orange will release a software update, i can't find an option on the phone to search for software updates, you may need to take it instore to get it upgraded if/when a fix is released. Apparently android 2.2 custom roms fix the wifi problem. Please phone orange and ask about a software update to fix wifi and reply in this thread with their response.
Android 2.2 a.k.a froyo won't be released by orange according to their tweet: "We have no plans to launch 2.2 on the San Francisco I'm afraid". There is no option on the phone to check for updates so unless they release a usb software update online or their staff instore do them then its unlikely we'll ever get an official fix for the wifi not working all the time, which is likely a driver problem.
Blade wifi fix a free app available on android market reduces/fixes the wireless dying when your phone is in sleep mode, another way to reduce the problem is to disable this setting: Settings-Wireless & network settings-wifi settings-menu (button)-Advanced-Wifi sleep policy-Never
Screens are now TFT and not AMOLED in order to reduce their costs. Some older batches of the grey phones used to be AMOLED but not anymore. TFT reduces battery life and has a backlight when the screen is black instead of being completely black which AMOLED does. To find out if you phone has AMOLED you should switch it on, the black background surrounding the orange logo should be completely black, if its grey your screen is TFT. Another way to find out if your phone is TFT or AMOLED is by dialing *983*24474636# in the dialer. Your phone will then say 1 of the following:
Glass: LEAD OR
Some websites describe the colour as grey, some as black, its actually grey, there is no black version available."