It's only because the Blade was cheap and easy to unlock that it's been so successful, it would look rather bad for ZTE if their new phone did't take off, which is what will happen if it can't be unlocked.
Absolutely - don't want to sound like a nay-sayer, but after all this initial excitement, if it stays locked to Orange people are gonna be a bit less enthusiastic about it and it's performance shortcomings will come more to the fore I reckon
All the same, my sister is, I'd say, a pretty average San Francisco user and though I unlocked her phone she's stayed with Orange and would probably appreciate the extra screen size (cept she has a blade already so wouldn't buy one of these) - so among regular users, I'd say this might have some significant appeal, even locked
I'd be interested to find out what proportion of San Franciscos in the wild are still on Orange
One has to assume Orange have that info (if only in terms of number accounts being topped up regularly versus initial hardware sales). A good chunk of their decision to lock more tightly or not would be a numbers game like this
All this said, one has to admire Paul's confidence, that the unlocking solution is a matter of "when", not "if"
[edit - at least, it was in his review - he seems a bit less confident above
Edited by The Soup Thief, 10 August 2011 - 03:36 PM.