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Orange San Francisco now only £62.99 @ Argos

fozeyfozey

Great phone at this price. Free to easily unlock to any network and once you root and customise with better ROM you have yourself a bargin Android.

They also have the dark grey version for only a pound more.

£10 top up must be purchased at the till which is pretty bone.

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    johnnylube
    Oos at the 10 stores nearest me..... Thats a shame
    critster
    theres one avalible in salisbury
    fozey
    Thats where I have just been lol I did not buy it though as already have one.

    Theres also one in Andover available
    scotty2
    Also the Monte Carlo is £79.99 but that is OOS at my ten nearest stores.
    fmiah
    San fran seems to be oos in most of London and herts!
    Syzable
    There are 3 available within 100 miles of me.



    Edited By: Syzable on Feb 18, 2012 13:23
    whingygit
    1 in skeggy,andover and fakenham
    MarkShopper
    Good price, but out of stock virtually everywhere.
    scrumpypaul
    none in north east england of either colour.
    buster13
    Two available at Llandudno, North Wales.
    rodman
    no stock in london, tipical argos
    lushlady
    Where are they!?
    Got all excited til realised i may have to spend a lot
    on fuel to get it!
    Judosteffer
    Not bad, but I have had the mark 1 for a year and am fed up with it. The running swedish spring rom, but too slow, and its over clocked to 748mhz
    oceanic
    out of stock deal as usual by argos to generate traffic which leads to them selling other stuff like possibly the normal priced not so much a bargain san francisco 2, after people realise this phone is not in stock.

    Good post by fozey, to let everyone know about it, as maybe there is 1 in the whole country for that 1 lucky person. But its cold from me, as its not a deal, you should be able to buy a deal, it shouldn't be imaginary (which out of stock deals like these "deliberately" are created by these companies) and annoy the hell out of me.

    Edited By: oceanic on Feb 18, 2012 13:35
    timz
    Managed to reserve one!
    louisekernow
    Always the same with Argos deals. Only ever a few in stock.
    imsofly
    sh1t deal for even sh1tter phone. Had 1 before and its very slow and frustrating even with a custom rom and overclocking.
    AdzyUK
    None in my area but 2 in my cousin's area, reserved both. Will come in handy I guess but no replacement for my iPhone.
    Rubisco
    Lots available in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, looks like you English are out of luck X)
    OpineDevine
    Does anybody know if this can act as a wifi hotspot?
    AMO1980
    It was a great phone in the past, but not a great phone to buy now.
    Android is moving on although you can install 2.2. on the phone.
    The phone resells to places like Envirophone for about £3.

    It's main differentiation in the past was that you got a lot of high end features like HSDPA mobile internet and WiFi etc in a budget phone. That differentiation is meaningless today as all budget phones have them.

    It's not like an iPhone 3GS where you can upgrade to the latest iOS 5.0.1 and it still runs fine. Android has moved on and this phone was once the best budget phone on the market but not worth buying today - definately not at £60+.
    Rubisco
    OpineDevine
    Does anybody know if this can act as a wifi hotspot?
    Yes.
    Rubisco
    AMO1980
    It was a great phone in the past, but not a great phone to buy now.
    Android is moving on although you can install 2.2. on the phone.
    The phone resells to places like Envirophone for about £3.

    It's main differentiation in the past was that you got a lot of high end features like HSDPA mobile internet and WiFi etc in a budget phone. That differentiation is meaningless today as all budget phones have them.

    It's not like an iPhone 3GS where you can upgrade to the latest iOS 5.0.1 and it still runs fine. Android has moved on and this phone was once the best budget phone on the market but not worth buying today - definately not at £60+.
    Better phone for the price?
    molerat
    4 white 6 grey within 100 miles of me, most seem to be in small towns.

    Edited By: molerat on Feb 18, 2012 14:05: .........................
    abfmdf
    The major plus of this phone is the ability to hack it and the size of the screen.

    Although a great phone for the time a technology moves fast with and this one is certainly looking dated (poor camera, slow CPU, small amount of ram, poor battery life)

    I think most people on HUKD own one, and most are probably looking to upgrade from it
    SilverBlack
    Out of stock on both phones nearly everywhere.

    ****

    banned by HUKD for some reason......

    Edited By: SilverBlack on Feb 18, 2012 14:01
    imsofly
    Rubisco
    AMO1980
    It was a great phone in the past, but not a great phone to buy now.
    Android is moving on although you can install 2.2. on the phone.
    The phone resells to places like Envirophone for about £3.

    It's main differentiation in the past was that you got a lot of high end features like HSDPA mobile internet and WiFi etc in a budget phone. That differentiation is meaningless today as all budget phones have them.

    It's not like an iPhone 3GS where you can upgrade to the latest iOS 5.0.1 and it still runs fine. Android has moved on and this phone was once the best budget phone on the market but not worth buying today - definately not at £60+.
    Better phone for the price?


    Be honest, i would rather buy a half decent "dumbphone" rather than buy this for £60. Because it cant do anything properly cause its so damned slow. And battery life, dont even get me started on battery life.
    sten
    Noone outside this forum seems to know the san fran? I've never seen another san fran, and I take the tube and go to uni often enough.
    AMO1980
    Rubisco
    AMO1980
    It was a great phone in the past, but not a great phone to buy now.
    Android is moving on although you can install 2.2. on the phone.
    The phone resells to places like Envirophone for about £3.

    It's main differentiation in the past was that you got a lot of high end features like HSDPA mobile internet and WiFi etc in a budget phone. That differentiation is meaningless today as all budget phones have them.

    It's not like an iPhone 3GS where you can upgrade to the latest iOS 5.0.1 and it still runs fine. Android has moved on and this phone was once the best budget phone on the market but not worth buying today - definately not at £60+.
    Better phone for the price?


    In all fairness, I don't know and the San Fran 2 isn't anything spectacular for its price.

    However, with Android regaining full charge after releasing 3.x at tablet and now having just released ICS 4.x which merges those features, the Android market is moving at an extremely fast pace.

    Personally, I believe that even if I were to buy one of these phones, it would be fairly short lived, so if there are no decent offers out for the same price, I'd find out where all these traders like Envirofone are selling these refurbished phones to. If they're buying them for less than a fiver, even with their profit margins, I'd guess you're better off going second hand in this one case.

    Most people won't have used them for years and so they aren't likely to be knackerd. To be blunt I bought mine new from Orange for £75 with £10 mandatory top up about a year ago. I then upgraded and unlocked it to 2.2. which made it faster. Very nice. But even then, as the screen's so small, whilst its portable, and the fact that its slow compared to today's standard, I don't really surf the internet with it and so the phone's been relagated to a backup phone. I don't really touch it anymore and its not worth selling.

    I'm going to wait awhile for the budget ICS phones and then a bit more for an incremental release before getting my next phone which will have a larger screen for web surfing. (something the OSF has in its next phone because it realises the same problem).
    danroyle
    oos at ten nearest stores for me
    MLKotP
    I can't believe so many are critising the speed here. It is perfectally acceptable to most usage, browsing, using Navgation software etc. Cm7 is great, it adds so much. I can even play Nova etc acceptably on mine with so tweaks. Yes, it's not for gaming, but it works fine for the majority of tasks most people want to do. And with custom ROMs, it can do a lot.
    dreamsofubuntu
    @OpineDevine: it can be used as a wifi hotspot but something like that eats battery at a ridiculous rate
    GlentoranMark
    Played Pokerstars with their new App on mine yesterday, that's my life ruined :p
    Dealier
    I've got one of these, it's a great phone for the price.

    I've just checked the stock local to me and there are two available in Dumfries, one at Loreburne Place and one at Church Place
    abfmdf
    Given you can still buy the Rapport at most Asda stores (for £40 total)
    http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/t-mobile-rapport-android-2-2-upgradeable-2-3-smartphone-wifi-3g-gps-capacitive-screen-1093048?page=10
    I think that is a better deal considering it is almost half the price and comes with 6 months free internet (only signifcant difference is screen size)
    http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=4204&idPhone2=3391



    Edited By: abfmdf on Feb 18, 2012 14:24
    AMO1980
    MLKotP
    I can't believe so many are critising the speed here. It is perfectally acceptable to most usage, browsing, using Navgation software etc. Cm7 is great, it adds so much. I can even play Nova etc acceptably on mine with so tweaks. Yes, it's not for gaming, but it works fine for the majority of tasks most people want to do. And with custom ROMs, it can do a lot.


    Personally, I don't think the question is whether or not the OSF is a good phone or not. The answer to that is - yes, its a great little phone. I think the question is really whether a £75-100 phone released about a year or more ago is worth paying £62 or so today. And I think everyone has their own opinion on that one, but I would certainly get it second hand and expect to keep it a shorter length of time than your average phone seeing as this phone is at or nearing the end of its life cycle (even with a 2.2 upgrade).
    crazyal
    AMO1980
    It's main differentiation in the past was that you got a lot of high end features like HSDPA mobile internet and WiFi etc in a budget phone. That differentiation is meaningless today as all budget phones have them.


    Yes, it's all about the differentiation. The differentiation is what is key here.
    MarkShopper
    imsofly

    Be honest, i would rather buy a half decent "dumbphone" rather than buy this for £60. Because it cant do anything properly cause its so damned slow. And battery life, dont even get me started on battery life.


    I am still happily using one and think that comment is harsh. If you switch off apps running in the background and install a battery manager app then it's fine. If you can afford more, better to go for a better phone nowadays though, I agree.
    mRActivate8
    even if they sell this for a pound no one is going to get one... what's the point displaying this price if no one can buy..
    GlentoranMark
    MarkShopper
    imsofly

    Be honest, i would rather buy a half decent "dumbphone" rather than buy this for £60. Because it cant do anything properly cause its so damned slow. And battery life, dont even get me started on battery life.


    I am still happily using one and think that comment is harsh. If you switch off apps running in the background and install a battery manager app then it's fine. If you can afford more, better to go for a better phone nowadays though, I agree.


    I get 5 hours constant battery use out of this every day listening to podcasts and internet radio (I'm on GiffGaff so no worries about the costs.) Battery life sucks and the phone hangs at times (I feel due to the processor struggling) but I'm still pleased that I bought it. When I last felt like changing it, there was nothing else on the market that came close for the £120 price I paid for it. If someone can come up with a suggestion then I'll happily listen.

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