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    One more thing, whats the actual call quality like? And how is it for texting? I tend to prefer the numberpad with predictive text, how is that on the San Fran? I can find quite abit of info saying how good the screen is and functions, but not on the actual calls and texts.

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    Call quality - first rate.

    I was a bit worried about how texting would be, I'm also used to the numeric keypad and "real" keys but this one is a doddle. It helps if you rotate the phone 90' to get the keyboard the full length (if you have fat fingers!) You can customise it to suit as well.

    Orange released this ad today, albeit a little late - most stores are running out of stocks!


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    For texting, you could get the swipeIT keyboard....

    My favourite way of writing texts!

    You swipe your fingers across the on-screen keyboard, a line follows, and when you take your finger off the screen, it gives you a choice of words. Get it free from Android Market!

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    OK, just got this phone and I'm looking to unlock it. I dont have an ebay account as I dont use it, but I have looked at buying an unlocking code using a guest accound but it says postal delivery on the item. How do I change it to email, or do I need to create an ebay account for me? I'm guessing it's pretty obvious, but as I've never used it before I dont want to make a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penfold View Post
    OK, just got this phone and I'm looking to unlock it. I dont have an ebay account as I dont use it, but I have looked at buying an unlocking code using a guest accound but it says postal delivery on the item. How do I change it to email, or do I need to create an ebay account for me? I'm guessing it's pretty obvious, but as I've never used it before I dont want to make a mistake.
    Check out the Wiki for recommended unlockers:

    ZTE Blade - MoDaCo

    Even though it says "postal delivery" it isn't, you get the code by Ebay message 5 mins later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnix View Post
    I'm tempted.

    Quick question - is the SanFran chock full of Orangeware? Can you de-brand it, and if so do you lose anything nice?

    Great news about being able to unlock for peanuts.

    Edit: Found out you can choose a regular Android startup screen, so you don't have to keep it Orangey.

    So the only question is unlocking it, and if that that be done for 99p over t'web, then it's earmarked for my Christmas stocking.
    It's not too bad, there's about half a dozen apps. You only lose Orange Wednesdays, Orange Store, a mapping prog (Google maps or OS lite is better anyway), web browser (again, go with Dolphin or Opera) and a text messaging app (Handcent is a great replacement).

    There are three options, you can use Sebastian404's de-orangeated ROM. Or the Modaco custom ROM. Or simply "root" the phone, mount it in Linux and then remove the apps manually. You can actually re-install the Orange apps if you like. The Modaco custom ROM now includes Apps2SD, which allows you to install apps to the SD card rather than the phone's memory. Get a class 4 or higher card though. (About £20 for a 16Gb Kingston card).

    Again, check out the Wiki for links and advice:

    ZTE Blade - MoDaCo

    I used imei_unlock on Ebay on my three SF's and got the code within 5 minutes each time.
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    I got around to removing my Orange apps today. Was quite simple:

    1) Download and install the Android SDK. (You'll do this anyway for the USB drivers)
    2) Go to a command prompt
    3) Navigate to the TOOLS folder in the Android SDK install
    4) Type ADB REMOUNT (Enables write access to the phone)
    5) Type ADB SHELL (You'll now be in a Linux shell on your phone)
    6) Type SU (to give root access)
    7) Type CD system
    8) Type CD apps
    9) Type LS (this will give you a listing of all apps installed)
    9) Type RM <filename_of_app_you_want_to_remove.apk>
    10) Type REBOOT

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    At first I wasn't getting a full day, but that was while I had everything turned on and was on it constantly.

    Now the fad is wearing off and I'm not on it all the time about 3-4 days.

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    Separate process.

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    OK, so I've got it unlocked...now what....What are the essential apps that I must have? I must say, I've found texting a lot easier than I expected

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    Depends what you want!

    Games? Angry Birds is the big one of the moment

    Apps? Winamp for music....Kindle for books....Astro File Manager will help you....UKTraffic for traffic reports.....BBC News (does what it says!!)...Likewise BBc Sport.....Tesco Clubcard.....Wapedia.....

    Just some of the myriad apps on my phone!

    Have a scroll through the market and see what you fancy! You will find other threads on here for Android apps!

    Good luck!

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    OK, I have already looked at a couple of those, but after installing any apps I decide I dont like them and delete them, do they leave any rubbish behind? In other words, is there any reason not to install apps just to have a look at them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by penfold View Post
    OK, I have already looked at a couple of those, but after installing any apps I decide I dont like them and delete them, do they leave any rubbish behind? In other words, is there any reason not to install apps just to have a look at them?
    I don't believe it leaves anything behind, but with Astro installed, you can take any loose folders out anyway!

    I install loads of apps.....play/look at them, uninstall, and start again! Seems to be fine!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnix View Post
    Update time:
    Battery life is pants compared to my old Symbian S60 (which is old hat but ultra efficient), but I can stretch to 24 hours with moderate use. Youtube kills it, not surprisingly, but hey ho.

    I used the GPS navigation function which was excellent - Google navigation was spot on. I didn't realise the phone had a compass until I tried the foot navigation feature - it's quite something.
    Battery life is the bane of my life, with the GT540 too!

    However, I charge overnight, and that seems to give me enough for the day.

    GPS through the navigation app is cracking! No need for a Tom Tom anymore.....and I can't believe that Nokia were punting their phones on the fact that they had GPS nav.....it's a shoe-in on any smartphone these days!!

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    I use the following:

    Opera
    Dolphin
    Advanced Task Killer
    Astro File Manager
    Barcode Scanner
    Bump
    Compass
    Daily Dilbert (!)
    Facebook
    Ebay
    Frozen Bubble
    Google Goggles
    Google Skymap
    Handcent SMS
    IMDb
    Bejewelled
    Netcounter
    OS Atlas Lite
    Google maps and streetview
    Post It Desk
    Quick Settings
    Wifi Analyzer
    Terminal Emulator



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