Neil5459, on Aug 26 2009, 07:51, said:
Well, the iPhone is still exclusive to O2
There was another WinMo device earlier this year which had a 3 month exclusive to one of the operators, but I can't remember which it was!
You're absolutely right about iPhone, of course - I was thinking more of WinMo, but didn't make that at all clear!
Perhaps you're thinking of the Touch HD? Wasn't that exclusive to Orange? Even so, it was a 'contract exclusive'; HTC were still availing PAYG/SIM-free stocks to retailers.
My problem now is that I can't think of anything that's available now that comes close to the same sort of power as TG01 has - it's very frustrating, and I just don't get what the advantages are of this deal for anyone. If Orange paid a fortune for the exclusivity rights, well that's money down the drain, because they're not exactly marketing it particularly well, and I don't know of anyone except die-hard phone freaks who know of its existence, much less that it's available on Orange. I don't see how Toshiba sees this as a winner, because their sales are limited only to Orange contracts, and one has to wonder how many people are signing up or upgrading to a handset that they know nothing about. And of course, the consumer loses out, because most people with any sense won't want to join Orange, with their terrible customer service and poor data rates, and for some, I can imagine Orange being the deciding factor that results in a decision not to buy.
Can't get my head around it at all - but in the mean time, I've got £4000 to burn on a handful of 'powerhouse' WinMo/CE handsets, and I just don't know what to go for!