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HTC Diamond


je-haz

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Hi,

I'm looking to get the HTC diamond, but it only seems available on Orange.
(I have seen it on O2 for much higher tariffs).

But I have read that orange customise it quite a lot and disable MSN.

Is this true?

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James

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ßeta

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Yes unfortunately Orange do their own OEM Customization on all their HTC Mobile Devices.

However I've been using HTC Devices from various Carriers in the UK since the Original O2 XDA (AKA HTC Wallaby).

I've always reflashed the ROM to the Stock HTC Rom and SIM unlocked the device.

As for MSN not being on the Diamond all you need to do is re-install the App via a cab file.

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je-haz

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thanks for the tips

so do you know what exactly these customisations are for the different carriers?

i dont mind it if the change the splash screen, but changing all the gui with their own naff icons is just wrong!

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ßeta

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Sorry no I don't.

However another way around a carrier custom install is to perform a Hard Reset on the device and then as the unit restarts perform a Soft Reset immediately.

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Kate B

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I've had an HTC Diamond Touch on loan from the PR company (and reviewed it for the Guardian last week). It's a nice phone but be warned that it suffers from memory leak and crashes from time to time. It also suffers from having the lovely but resource-hungry GUI bolted on top of the nice but resource-hungry Windows Mobile 6.1 OS and it can be sluggish, to say the least. It's a lovely phone to look at and it's got a lot going for it, but I wouldn't pay money for it meself. The only killer app for me is that it supports Exchange, as I have my personal email hosted on an Exchange server, and it handles it fairly well.

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Sorry Kate B.. No such thing as a HTC Diamond Touch.. The unit you had was the HTC ELF (AKA HTC P3450 / HTC Touch / HTC Ted Baker Needle / Orange & HTC Touch P3450 / Dopod S1 / T-Mobile MDA Touch / O2 Xda Nova / Vodafone VPA Touch)

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ßeta

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I apologise.. You did review the HTC Diamond. However I've never known it as, or been called the "HTC Diamond Touch".

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Wirral Bagpuss

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I thought HTC had issued a new ROM to overcome the bugs ??

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jaritch

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Vodafone do it.

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jim303

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I've had mine for about a month now.
Initially, it was slow and buggy but after I applied the ROM update it is super speedy - certainly the only usable Windows mobile I've come across.
As for the Orange worries. They have left this one alone completely. All the original software is there and no annoying orange custom software.
(I actually ended up switching networks to Orange as their HSDPA coverage is about 3 times the other networks).

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The other half has this phone she loves it. I have the Touch Pro. One thing I have noticed on both devices is that the GPS on the units is quite poor.

Using Tomtom 7 both the Diamond & Touch Pro suffer from Lag. Driving around London and the units can't tell you which street your on even though there is a good GPS lock.

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