BUT I'm free to use it as I like. It was SIM-unlocked as soon as it came out. Not only does that let me use it on Vodafone, but I can get off the plane in HK and pick up a local sim card. Google Maps is super-handy in a foreign country - and it's a much cheaper way of getting online than hotel internet.
Custom ROMs (2.1/2.2) no problem, USB/WiFi tethering, etc.
For all its technical limitations, at least I've never felt that Huawei were trying to stop me using my paid-for phone as I please.
Now, I want a more capable phone, and the Defy has caught my eye as being a worthwhile step up from the Pulse, but not as ridiculous a price as an iPhone. However, Motorola's policy appears to be:
@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we'll continue with our strategy that is working thanks.
( http://www.androidce...nd-bad-attitude )
I would hate to invest £250 in a phone and feel I was entering battle with a company that was determined to release new firmware that locks me out of my phone, that there was no trustworthy way of getting it SIM-unlocked, etc. Is this a problem with the Defy ? Or are things all fine, and I'm being paranoid ?