Sorry grizzlyflea, and everyone else, but I think we've seen the best days of the SD. Contacted local shop, spoke to someone with some sense. Was told that the phone I'd ordered on the web would be in after I got an another email. Spoke to Customer services, online order section, nice bloke in Newcastle. Advised me to cancel the order, he hadn't heard of one passing through their system for days.
Tried three local shops in person for stock, none available nor expected. NEVER believe any shop assistatnt who says DEFINITELY. I would be VERY surprised if any more SDs hit the shops again. As Horsa said, no branding, no street cred. It might have sold in thousands, but iPhones and Samsungs sell in millions. It's had a lifespan of six months, around half the main players - iphone, HTC, Samsung.
IMHO it's turned out to be an experiment by Intel to see if their chip worked in the real world. It has, but it's been let down by poor support by Orange and poor build quality. Maybe if Vodafone had been behind it, then it'd have been a bigger success?
I also spoke to customer services about my duff power button. Sorry, not covered by Intel's 2 year warranty, wear and tear. but we will send it off for free repair. It's not fit for purpose, I said - only 6 months old. Threatened them with trading standards, young lad (who kept calling me "mate") had no response. Offered a loan phone, a cheap Samsung flip, or a Galaxy Ace - if I left 60 quid deposit !!!!!! Wouldn't do a straight swop. even though I said the web is full of reports of this. (which supports my view that it's already deleted.)
In any event, it's STILL a great phone, with a great screen, but we've been guinea pigs, pure and simple, sucked in by a low price. When my contract finishes, and the two others I pay for (wife and daughter) I'm away from Orange like a shot. And next time it'll have to be HTC or Samsung, I'm sorry to say.
Meanwhile, I'll carry on, using Xolo ICS, and thank everyone here for the helpful and amazing work put in by Ricky and others.