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Hello to you all,

I got myself a Sony Ericsson Xperia 10i with Android on Orange, not a good move :-(

The phone looks good and at first glance even seems to work great.
But...I am having a few problems with it.

The Bluetooth usually works but does drop connection with the phone (in my jacket pocket) on the odd few occasions.

You can not make it auto connect to the headset and I've tried a few different ones, so if a call comes in you have to answer it manually.

Battery ???? if Bluetooth is on you get around ten hours usage or if using GPS, a lot less.

There are three buttons at the bottom of the screen, the middle one wakes the screen up from standby which is a pain in the ass if the phone is in your pocket, the button is very sensitive and the screen doing this gives you six and a half hours battery life this I found out the first day at

The Internet is not very fast and the gps can take ages to connect up and thats if the service is available.

The phone comes with a lot of built in apps but with no description of them in the manual and you can't get rid of them either.

The volume output is also not very good in fact it's crap.

The Android OS is version 1.6 baseband version 1.0.14.

Android 2 has been out a while and Android 2.1 is now out but when I go to updates it says I have the latest software....

If I could debrand the phone then I could update via Sony Ericsson instead of Orange but so far have not found a safe way of doing this without great risk of bricking the phone even using some of my old contacts for advice.

Orange prefers you to use their free apps (surprise there then) and the first stage you have to do on their site is to choose the phone from a list and the X10 is not listed and with no way of typing it in.

I got a voicemail from my sister and listened to it but can't seem to dump it and the orange shop guys don't know how to either.

There are other niggles that have come to light but can't remember them at the moment.

So being a little peeved with the above I decided to ring Orange Customer Care on 150 to then find another BIG PROBLEM, I went to dialler and rang the number but when the phone connects to the other end (this and any other call) the screen switches into standby mode, something that I set in the settings not to do ever except if I do it manually. In turn any key press will bring it to the unlock screen and the moment you unlock it it kills the call which is no good if your on an automated call system and you need to press the appropriate selection as your call is terminated already.

I spent an hour in the Orange shop using their phone to get nowhere apart from I will be called back later when the have spoken to Technical.....3 days on and I'm still waiting.

From what I can find out it so far it seems that Orange are the ones causing the hold up because they need to rewrite their warez to fit the new Os's as they come out and they
are not keeping up.

Orange did offer to replace the phone with the same model but it will still have the same Os 1.6 and problems as I have now, which is pointless.

I am sending a copy of this to Sony Ericsson, Orange and a few gadget review mags.
I will keep you all in touch with my progress as and when things happen.


Thanks for looking,

The Reverend Rat +:-(

Mobile Phone...

Hi everyone,
I have another phone and have had the old number transferred over to my new sim...But...I have lost quite a few numbers that were supposedly backed up on a sim reader / storage gave me around 60% of my numbers back. [insert bad language of choice]

So if you don`t hear from me you are probably one of the dropped numbers...and it's not me being rude :-)

The Reverend Rat +:-)

Hi Scrappi,
Greets From Da Tottenham Court Crew ;-)
Take it easy and see you again soon.

London 2600 5th August meeting report:

Hi all,
My phone is on the O2 network and they have brought in a new free service, it`s job in life is to text you missed calls numbers when your phone has been unreachable.
So I get off the tube and even though I had not asked for the service they had set it up and switched it on by default,
I got a text telling me someone had called along with the persons number.
I rang the number and it turns out to be a surprised friend, surprised because his number is suposed to be withheld....Ooops

I wandered into the O2 shop and used their phone to call technical support, the guy at the other end insisted that, no way was it possible for the system to come up with a hidden number of another the extent he was virtually calling me a liar.
Ok I said, I will take my evidence to the papers and see what they make of it....Aggh cough splutter...what? you`ve got proof???
Of course I have, how about the text you lot sent to me?....ermm we will get back to

5 minutes later they call back apologizing profusely, they`ve run a test and found that there is indeed a bit of a glitch that they did not know about and thank you for alerting them to the fact but there is nothing that they can do about it...followed by loads more apologies :-) I love it when they grovel..

I have since been told that Orange and Vodaphone are running the same sort of service...I wonder if they also have the "glitch"

An interesting way to park your push bike
Here`s a couple of weird looking art students 1
Well thats it for now, thanks for looking in :-)
The Reverend Rat +:-)

Brumcon round two...


We got the full aircraft type safety drill....

I swear his eyes watered....

The city is a nightmare...

I am in the middle of writing a mobile phone water damage, repair guide....

I was wandering around in town and spotted this bloke....

I went to the "Brumcon" in Birmingham....

I hand the girls over to the Police...

Then,... there was this mid month...

This is what happens to your phone when it gets wet....

Rest in peace Ani.

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They won`t sit down for a while :-)

It got a bit wet in London the other night ....

A few photos....

HOT or what ?
The inside of the internet cafe went up to 49.9 C......

The fluorescent lights caught fire...

my "Matrix" like skills kicked in.....

Input ....

Standing near by, there is a black guy with a big spliff and a even bigger smile......

"Notcon 04"


"Extended range Bluetooth devices" and yes it does receive as well as send info.

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