I want my desire to be unbranded and untouched by Vodafone
Recently HTC pulled it off to be the 1st, after Google themselves, to publish Froyo (Android 2.2) shortly after it's official release for the Nexus One.
The Desire, HTC's current flagship, has proven itself to be a device well looked after by it's manufacturer. A touch of aftersales which isn't that common anymore, and which is indeed one of the things that made HTC the brand it is today.
The problem we do have is the currently Branded sets sold by Vodafone. As all the pro's mentioned in the top section, are turned into absolute shortcomings when it comes to the firmware maintained by this provider.
Not only are they not capable to keep up with the demand of the community. But, even worse, they force unwanted software onto the public. While selling their branded telephone-sets camouflaged as regular HTC Desire telephones. I myself was fooled. As the Cardboard box of the Phone I acquired via one of their many sales-points looked stock, but also the device and the installed OS didn't show any signs of branding... which I thought was a relieve. Even the sales-person in the shop, assured me that Vodafone didn't brand the device I held in my hand... which was the reason for purchasing the device in the first place.
To sum things up: Many of us have been fooled, and even more of us have been horribly misled by the last update pushed by Vodafone. In which, not only their shortcomings in regards to software development were redisplayed: But also, we were scammed to a point in which their unwanted software was pushed upon our devices... without any notification.
What we do want:
1.) Bring back the Desire to what it was: Not covered in apps and logos provided by Vodafone. That's not the product we've bought.
2.) Reprint the Cardboard boxes in order to WARN people about your branding. As this isn't transparent to anyone!
3.) Be more professional when it comes to the distribution and testing of your firmware. Or even better: Leave it to someone with experience and know-how... I.e. the OEM HTC!
With kind regards,
The Android User Community
[UPDATE! : Vodafone has announced that it will remove 360 apps/ debrand the Desire with the upcoming Android 2.2 update via OTA.]