I agree with jikobutsu. Orange have nothing to gain (or lose either) by unlocking the bootloader. Maybe gain the goodwill of a few hundred like us. But it would require effort and expenditure (no matter how small) on their part when they're focused on 4G and iphones now.They've moved on.
I reckon they had a good deal with intel over the SD - intel got their chip to the market to see if it worked in the real world, notjust in the lab, orange got a good spec phone to sell at a cheap "own brand" price,so noneed toworry about pushing an unknown brand, and no major manufacturer put their reputation on the line. All orange were obliged to do was release ICS as originally promised - unlike the SF where it was just "maybe" for upgrading from Froyo to GB, it was left to the community to eventually crack that.
I've said on other threads and I'll say it again - if the SD was branded Samsung/Sony/HTC/Apple (!) whatever, then it would be a huge seller.Iit's an excellent phone. Not perfect, but, as a whole, as good as any out there.