Went into 2 orange shops in Cambridge, and neither had anything displayed about a special deal, similarly no price change on the web.
I understand a retention deal, but why sell a phone cheaply, if the only way you get the price is by attempting to buy it at 149 ???????
Check my posts . You will find that your blade is not sleeping properly, or is only asleep half the time when.in 2g mode. It is operator dependant hence the change when roaming. On 3g mode blade sleeps 90/ of the time
. I didn't find a fix
Just wanted to add that I have found that my Network provider, BTMobile which is a virtual provider using Vodafone network in the UK, for some ( yet to be determined) reason causes my blade to keep waking from deep sleep in 2G mode. Even though 2G has a stronger signal, the wakes use more power than 2G saves. This is a network / SIM thing, nothing to do with phone settings. Orange SIM / Network for instance doesn't exhibit this behavior. So worth checking 2G is actually saving you battery.
To reply to my own topic, I have now cycled through 2.1 Orange Stock and 2.2 SS on Gen1, and 2.2 SS/ 2.3 GSF on Gen2. Thought it might be the Radio Firmware.
Results are all the same, lots of wiping and clean installs.
In ALL case GSM mode (data OFF) when in sleep seems to spend about 60% time at minimum clock speed for the ROM, and 40% of the time in deep sleep.
WCDMA/3G mode (data OFF) in sleep seems to spend <10% time a minimum clock speed for the ROM, and 90% plus in deep sleep.
So you lose battery either to the processor or the radio, you choose :-(. Or put it in airplane mode and all is good, but kind of limits your connectivity ......
EDIT:- Aaargh. After a week of messing, I have found that it is SIM card/Network dependent. I have 2 Orange 2 Vodafone and a "3" Sim in the family. The two Vodafone SIMS exhibit this behavior, but the orange ones don't ( and 3 doesn't do GSM ). All get good signal here, so must be something more subtle. Might be another reason why people see differing power usage.