having bought a mobile phone from a previous orange shop promotion i wanted to warn others before buying.
i have been told this applies to all pay as you go phones on all netwroks but i can only write about my experience with orange.
if you buy a pay as you go phone and wish to use the provider who supplied it, in my case orange , then there are no problems.
however if you wish to use another provider like vodaphone you will have problems.
what you used to do was get the phone unlocked or flashed and the problem was sorted , the phone could be used on any network.
this has now changed!!!!!!
EVERY payg phone orange sell is BLACKLISTED.
which means even if you get it unlocked you wont be able to make calls with it, the phone is worthless.
the only way around this is to register the phone with a sim belonging to the provider.this will lift the bar.
now the next bit!!!!
if you flash or unlock the phone yourself or on ebay etc, you will be able to use the phone.
however orange have told me that they check these phones every 7 weeks and re-block any that havent been unlocked via orange, bear in mid orange will charge handsomely for this!
i have spent the past few days researching this and it should be considered before buying a cheap phone to use on your existing network , it may not be as cheap as you think.
hope someone finds this useful