This deal is for anyone already on an O2 contract, even if it’s O2 Simplicity 30 days.

Info

  • You buy this phone for a one-off cost of £285.
  • It doesn’t affect your existing contract, if you’re 9 months in, that’s where it’ll carry on.
  • At the end of your minimum term of contract, you upgrade as normal.  The Desire isn’t taken into account at all.  It’s almost as if you received a discount on a Pay As You Go phone as reward for being an existing customer

How To Get It

  1. Ring 202 from your O2 phone
  2. Press 2 to say you’re an existing customer
  3. Press 2 to select Order/Upgrade options
  4. Press 2 to select Upgrades
  5. Ask the person you get put through to that you want to buy a HTC Desire
  6. If they say that they can’t offer it to you say you know other people that were able to buy it for this price
  7. If they ask if you want to be put through to upgrades, say yes, then repeat steps 5 and 6

FAQ

  1. Can I get it on PAYG?
    No, this deal is for contract customers only, even if you’re on a 1 month Simplicity deal
  2. I’m being told that I need to be put on a 24 month deal, is that right?
    No, tell them you want to keep your contract but just want to buy the phone
  3. I’m being told I need a smartphone simcard and my current “web bolt-on” isn’t enough
    Some people are being told that but just tell them that you’re going to use WiFi mostly and won’t need the smartphone sim.  If they persist just end the call and try again.

Final Tip

Make sure you confirm that this is a one-off purchase, that your contract is unaffected and that the price you’re paying is £285

Discussion

This deal was posted by spottydog on HUKD here.  There you can find discussion of the deal, and other peoples experience of what they had to say to get it at this price.  Don’t be put off that it says ‘EXPIRED’ in the title, that was just some other persons misunderstanding of the deal.
I’ve ordered one myself so know for definite that it works. I’m on a 12 month O2 Simplicity deal, and only 6 months into my current contract.

Here’s One I Received Today

HTC Desire O2

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UPDATE: 22 May 2010 – Voting has now ended.  The results will be published in the next couple of days

Earlier this week I asked readers to contribute a list of their favourite games and applications for the HTC Desire in this article.  I’ve now managed to narrow the options down to 20, and would like readers to simply vote for their favourites.  You can vote for up to 10 applications.

Top Android Apps - May 2010

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Votes will be counted up at the end of this week and the results published on the following weekend.
The top 10 games will be next, so the meantime you’re more than welcome to send a list of your favourite games (however many) to: hello [at] myhtcdesire [dot] com

Thanks to everyone who sent me emails so far!

Disclaimer

This article solely aims to consolidate various points raised by HUKD members regarding the auctions of an eBay seller.  This by no means is a definitive conclusion, and you can choose to buy from this seller if you like – I’m not telling anyone not to!

Introduction

We’ve been discussing this on HotUKDeals, where a seller named bluetooth_megastore (bluetooth megastore) is supposedly selling HTC Desire’s for £245 £265, and in some auctions even multipacks of the phone.  He claims to have over 300 of these phones, and has underpriced them so much that the offer seems too good to be true.  After careful analysis of his whole auction, I personally decided against buying and here’s why:

The Auction

The auctions by him have been posted on eBay since early this week such as this one.  Here’s a few things to note:

  • There’s almost no description of the item
  • Standy time is only 6 hours
  • His postcode (BS20 0XX), isn’t a real postcode, it’s just a postcode district i.e the BS20 is real, so gives a rough geographical location, but the second half is just dummy values.
  • The contact details on his auction:
    John Gilligan
    Bluetooth Megastore
    Portishead
    Bristol
    Avon
    BS20 0XX
    United Kingdom
    Phone: 01275|460005
    Email: john.gilligan@hotmail.co.uk
  • The above details don’t match up with the one’s registered to his domain name:
    Richard Thorpe
    41 Cherry Ave
    Clevedon
    N Somerset
    BS21 6DX
    United Kingdom
  • One his auctions stated that the phone’s were running Windows OS, instead of Android.  When asked about it he replied:
    Q: Hello, I notice the description says the phones have Windows Mobile installed on them. The HTC Desire usually comes with the Android operating system. Is this a misprint?
    A: Hi there, we ship the product in from the states where they use Windows Mobile 6.5 as they do in Asia. European phones use Android. We prefer Windows operating system. Thank you for your interest.
  • Item location.  He actually claims that he doesn’t have phones in person at his address.  Instead they’re stored in a secret location in Wales, and will be sent out from there after 7 days.  Doesn’t make sense does it?  If you have them already, why make people wait?  If you’re sending expensive phones surely you’re going to send Special Delivery in which case they should be delivered next day.  Collecting up to, and over 300 orders before processing just seems like making more work for yourself.  Here’s his reply with regards to that:

    Hi thank you for your email.
    The phones are not stored at that address for security reasons. All our sales are dealt with from a secret location in Wales and thus we do not accept cash on collection i’m afraid. Dispatch time is between 5-7 working days.

    Sorry to disappoint, thanks for your interest.

  • 7 days is how long it takes for Paypal funds to clear into a bank account.  When you open a dispute with Paypal, they will only return money that is in the sellers account – Paypal won’t pay out of their own account.  Allowing 7 days means that he can empty his Paypal account, and if you open a Paypal dispute then even if you win there’s not a lot you can do about it.
  • Feedback.  He has no recent positive feedback for expensive items, especially phones (a couple in the last couple of days, but both of which are from buyers that asked for refunds).

Here’s an email received by a buyer who asked him for a refund:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your recent purchase. Due to the large amount of interest and sales over the past 48 hours, EBay have on a number of occasions, closed our online shop and removed our listings as a automated fraud prevention action. They have accepted this is a mistake however, are proving most difficult to deal with in regards to rectifying the situation. We are currently awaiting confirmation that we can re-list again without our products being taken off line for a 5th time. Until this happens, we will not be listing any more products. However, please be assured that we have received your payment (unless you’ve been refunded) and will be dispatching your phone within the allotted time frame stated on the listing at the time of purchase. This is typically up to 10 working days from the date you paid.

I would ask you do not file any disputes with PayPal in the meantime as this will only delay the shipment of your item. However, if you still wish to be refunded after reading the above information, please email us with your name and user ID and we will process the refund. Of course I very much hope you decide not to take this action as we value your business greatly.

On a final note, please do not read in to any negative feedback left on our account at this difficult time. We currently have 100% as of 15:00hr 12/05 and any reduction in this percentage is simply due to the problems we are encountering with EBay. EBay have confirmed any negative feedback left whilst this matter is being dealt with will be removed.

Thank you for your patience with this matter.

John – Bluetooth_megastore

At least he’s honest about how many times eBay have closed his auction.  He’s also specifically asking you not to open a Paypal dispute.  He is claiming that if you ask him for a refund, he will give your money back.  How true that will be if all buyers make that request remains to be seen.

Summary

Here’s the whole thing condensed into a nice paragraph by a HUKD member:

There are loads of signs, feedback dates, name changes, address details and date details from whois, host of landing page for the URL and the fact that it is a flash based supplement sales site, no photos of item, sparse description, no feedback from anyone who has bought high value items. I could go on but you get the idea, these could all of course be explained away but I usually go off if theres even a slight feeling things might not be right then I stay away.

Final Word

As I said from the start, this article only highlights some points made by HUKD members.  I’m sure you’re intelligent enough to make your own decisions, so don’t let me put you off what could be a true bargain!

Questions and Answers (Last Updated: 15 May 09:58)

Due to some various good questions and points raised in the comments section, I’ll answer them as best as possible here:

  1. Please can you get your facts right?
    Yes.  All the information I have provided is purely facts.  I have linked to the various webpages where possible, any quotes are completely unedited and I have also created screenshots of all webpages referenced by me in the article.  If you find that any of my facts are wrong, then do specify and I will correct myself.
  2. I ordered my phone, and have received it within the given time, what do you have to say about that?
    Please can you post dated photographs of your phone, along with some form of proof of purchase.  This would be very reassuring for both myself and other buyers.
    Along with this, can you state where you bought the phone from eBay or the website? If eBay can you state the item number? How long did it take to arrive? Which delivery method was used?
  3. I heard that their eBay store got closed because of overwhelming demand that eBay had not anticipated
    Sorry but until now I have never heard of eBay closing down a sellers store and prematurely ending all their running auctions on account of them being too popular.  Here is a copy of the email I received from eBay after the auctions were cancelled, make of it what you like:

    Dear XXX,

    We can see that you’ve had contact with bluetooth_megastore through eBay recently.

    We think this eBay account has been used without the account owner’s permission, so we’re now restoring it to them. To protect this member’s privacy, we can’t share any more details about their account.

    People sometimes misuse eBay accounts by sending emails from them. In these emails, they invite you to buy or sell outside eBay, or ask questions that have nothing to do with eBay. They do this in the hope that you’ll respond and give them your email address.

    We strongly recommend you treat emails from this member with caution and don’t respond if you hear from them again.

  4. I see nothing wrong in their feedback so why have you written this report?
    To reiterate myself: “As I said from the start, this article only highlights some points made by HUKD members.  I’m sure you’re intelligent enough to make your own decisions, so don’t let me put you off what could be a true bargain!”
  5. Are you an eBay seller that is trying to put out the competition?
    Nope, I’m just a HTC Desire owner running a personal blog to share my experience with this phone.  The only gain I can make from this seller is a few hundred more visitors to this site when everyone receives their phones!
  6. You say he has no feedback, then contradict yourself by saying he has 2 from issuing refunds
    I probably should have been clearer about the point I was trying to make which is: “He has no recent feedback from selling expensive items that have been received by the buyer”
  7. Buying through eBay, aren’t I covered by Paypal, eBay and my credit card company?
    No, in reality you’re only truly covered by your credit card.  Paypal and eBay are restricted in terms of what action they can take.  I fell victim to a fraudulent seller who was advertising iPods for £100.  After realising that it was a scam after speaking to other buyers I opened a Paypal dispute.  The only money I was able to get back was money the seller had in their account.
  8. 10 days sounds a fair amount of time to wait if he’s really busy doesn’t it?
    Possibly, but if the seller knew he was going to be so busy these 10 days processing previous orders, why not just list after 10 days and provide next day delivery?  It would attract a lot more trust and buyers would very quickly know for definite whether the auction was legit or not.  Listing over 300 phones for sale when you’re already stuck with a backlog of previous orders doesn’t sound like a very good idea.
  9. If you don’t like him, then don’t buy from him!
    That’s exactly what I have done. I’m not asking or telling anyone to avoid his auctions.  People can make their own decisions.

In the past couple of weeks, most of the hype has been about ‘Froyo’, and the features that it may/may not include.  This article aims to help everyone understand what it actually means, discusses potential features, and what it actually means for you as a HTC Desire owner.  Let’s start with basics:

Android

Android is the operating system that is installed on your mobile phone.  If you consider your phone to be the hardware – the touchscreen, buttons, camera, mic, trackpad all the little components on the inside, then the operating system (OS) is the software that makes the hardware come to life.  From the moment you turn your phone on, Android is running.  It provides you with everything you see on the screen, whether its your homescreens, making a call, sending a text message or taking a picture, all of it is done using Android.  This operating system is developed by Google and provided free of charge.

HTC Sense

As a Desire owner, it’s safe to say you’ll have come across the term HTC Sense.  HTC Sense is a version of Android which has been customised by the company that made your phone, HTC.  As Android is free and open-source, it’s open to any developer to download the code and edit it for themselves.  HTC have gone and done just that, creating a fantastic variation of Android.  HTC Sense includes the homescreen that you get, the widgets, the Mail, Browser, Messaging applications, even the on-screen keyboard you get and other similar features.  In simple terms, HTC Sense is Android, but modified by HTC.
NOTE: If you’re using a phone by another manufacturer, then it may also have a variation of Android, for example Motorola phones call their variation MotoBlur.  Phone that use the Android OS as supplied by Google without any/minor customisation are referred to as running Vanilla Android, with Vanilla being the geek-term for plain.

Donuts, Eclairs and Froyos!

All these desserts are Google’s names for the Android OS as it matures over time.  Android is under constant development by Google.  Each new version of Android is assigned a codename based on a famous sweet snacks which go in alphabetical order.  Donut is Android 1.6, Eclair is 2.1 (the version you have on your Desire) and Froyo is 2.2, which is due to be released around 19 May.

Android Versions on HTC Desire (and other HTC Phones)

As mentioned earlier, HTC phones come with a modified version of Android called HTC Sense. With each new version of Android, HTC get the code from Google and then apply their changes to make it into HTC Sense.  This process can take from days, all the way up to months.  This means that you can’t expect the HTC Sense version of Android to be released on the same day as the Vanilla release.  You have to wait for HTC to finish altering and testing it.  HTC Hero phone owners are still waiting for their HTC Sense version of Eclair from HTC – Google released Eclair in January!

About Froyo

Froyo is the next version of Android which is rumoured to bring some exciting new changes to Android phones.  The most interesting of which are described below:

  1. Flash Player 10.1 – Up til now Android phones have used Flash Lite, which is only a very limited way of viewing Flash content.  Flash Player 10.1 will allow you to view Flash content on your phone, in almost exactly the same way as you would on your PC.  For example, you should be able to watch iPlayer directly from the BBC website, play Flash games on certain websites and view websites that have been created using Adobe Flash.  This feature is guaranteed to be included in Froyo.
  2. Applications on SD Card – If you rooted your handset you’ll know how useful it is to use your MicroSD card for installing applications on.  It means you’re no longer restricted to the limited capacity of your phone.  Google have now decided that they will allow this functionality in future versions of Android.  This is great news considering how many games and applications use quite a large amount of storage space.  This feature is most-likely going to be included in Froyo, but not guaranteed.
  3. Tethering –  this allows you to connect your phone to your computer, and share the mobile internet coming into your phone with your computer.  For example, if you’re travelling on a train with a laptop where there’s no WiFi, you could plug your Desire into the laptop using your USB cable and enable tethering.  The laptop would then be connected to the Internet via the mobile internet connection of your phone.  Bear in mind that most mobile networks state that your data allowance can’t be used for tethering.

What Does It Mean for My HTC Desire?

Well, Froyo will be announced on the 19 May at a Google Conference.   It will be released on the same day, or within a few days in it’s Vanilla form.  The Vanilla version will work on phones whose manufacturers didn’t bother with customising Android, for example the Google Nexus One.  For the HTC Desire, we’ll be waiting for HTC to create the Sense version of it – and it’s whenever they’re ready that we’ll see the update on our Desires.

Summary

  • Android is an operating system
  • HTC Sense is Android that has been modified by HTC
  • Froyo is a codename for version 2.2 of Android, Eclair is the codename for version 2.1
  • Froyo will be released around the 19 May 2010
  • Froyo for the Desire will be released when HTC modify Froyo with their changes to make it into HTC Sense

What Now?

Well, I hope you now have a better understanding of what it is that makes your Desire tick.  If you have any questions, or spot any mistakes do let me know.

Those who have been waiting around for the HTC Desire on O2, then you’ll be please to know that it’s now available (they’ve been taking orders all week) and some people have already received their phones.

If you’re in the middle of an existing contract, then there’s the opportunity to get an in-contract upgrade for £285.  You stay on your current price plan and it doesn’t restart your contract.  It’s just a one-off cost of £285 for the phone, which is a bargain if you ask me! (Thanks Adam Leyton for clarifying this).

The standard deals are those which were posted earlier, though bear in mind that if you order through Topcashback, there’s a potential £35 cashback:

O2 HTC Desire Contracts

Considering all the negative attention Vodafone are attracting with their “unlimited data” being limited to a measly 500MB, I’d personally suggest going for O2 if you’re stuck between the two.

Here’s an excellent article from Bitterwallet (it’s well worth reading despite the profanities).  It highlights the latest development in the whole Vodafone debacle as they continuously try to justify deceiving their smartphone customers, without making any proper sense.

The Article

Yesterday dinnertime, Vodafone’s Customer Service team invited Bitterwallet to contact them so they could clarify the situation concerning their changes to data charges. Over a day later we’ve still heard nothing, which pretty much sums up Vodafone’s handling of their announcement concerning Out of Bundle data charges.

An official post appeared this afternoon on Vodafone’s eForums, answering some of the hundreds of questions and complaints that have been posted in the past week (the thread now has over 1,000 posts). It still attempts to employ smoke and mirrors to confuse customers:

1. The 3% of customers who use their 500MB, is this 3% of highend smartphone users? or people with old nokia 6600s?
It’s 3% of people with a Mobile Internet Bundle on their account. Normally the only time we’d sell such a bundle would be with an internet ready device, so it’s fair to assume a large percentage of these will be smartphones.

My Nokia N73 had an internet bundle on it. It wasn’t a smartphone by any stretch, certainly not in comparison to current handsets. It’s fair to assume these usage figures would look different if Vodafone cared to quote actual percentages.

2. What constitutes ‘excessive’?
It’s anything in excess of 500MB on a standard Mobile Internet bundle.

This is, of course, on Vodafone World, where nobody watches video, streams music, or uses any other data-intensive web applications. The sky is yellow, cars are made of marshmallows, and unicorns shit rainbows and gold. And bravo for getting around to defining the term you’re using to justify the new charges you announced… er… last week.

3. How many months constitutes ‘a few’?
You will receive a text alert informing you that you’re close to exceeding your monthly allowance. If you continue to exceed your allowance the following month, you will be contacted and we will discuss your options (which may include upgrading to a Mobile Broadband bundle for example). If after this you will continue using your data out of bundle you may incur charges (as per our announcement).

So the answer is three months, then? If you exceed your data allowance for three months in a row, you’ll be charged for the third month. Is this based on usage in consecutive months only? What happens if you exceed yoru limit for two months, then don’t the following month – can you exceed it the next month and not be charged? It’s that sort of detail you need to think about before continuing to fart out these announcements.

4. How long is “a longer period of time”?
As per 3)

ANSWER THE QUESTION.

5. Why does the Nexus tariff include 1GB but the Desire only gets 50% of that?
Different products come with different packages, we’re always reviewing our offers and will let you know if anything changes.

Here’s a better question – why are you even offering a 1GB data allowance on a near-identical phone when you keep claiming next-to-nobody uses that much data? Be honest, it does sound like you’re totally full of shit with these replies, doesn’t it?

6. Will affected customers still retain a Fair Use Policy in their agreement after 1 June?
There will be an allowance (just like there is now) and if you exceed that, you will be contacted, consulted and may incur charges along the timescales as per 3). The Terms and Conditions say that you would be (see under data access).

Was that a yes or a no? You’re about to trip yourselves up. I wonder if you’ve spotted it yet?

7. Will affected customers be automatically charged if their monthly uses strays over 500MB?
Please see 3).

Talk to your staff, Vodafone. Your own forums are riddled with accounts of customers been told they’ll be automatically charged following the changes. You’re still contradicting yourselves.

8. Can you please provide a real-life example of a customer who reads and replies to 10,000 emails, reads 8,000 BBC news stories and uses no mobile applications whatsoever? You’re currently justifying a 500MB data limit with a completely fictional example of usage. Vodafone are suggesting that customers who buy smartphones don’t use applications.
The figures given were to illustrate the volumes for the vast majority of customers, but it’s almost impossible to give an accurate example as everyone uses their phone differently. I posted here demonstrating my own usage. I’ve just updated the post to give a more accurate measurement, but it shows that with the two smartphones I’ve used I havent’ excelled 500MB before. Again, everybody’s usage is different though, so I’m not saying all of yours will be the same as mine.

Hey, this is our question! So let’s have a look at it. Oh. It’s horseshit as well.

“The figures given were to illustrate the volumes for the vast majority of customers…”

Newsflash – they do no such thing. They’re don’t illustrate anything because customers have no frame of reference. It not how people use smartphones, therefore the example is entirely irrelevant.

“It’s almost impossible to give an accurate example as everyone uses their phone differently”

What? And the example you keep giving is accurate? Come on, Vodafone, statements like this are taking the pure piss out of every customer you have. How about an example that recognises users may stream video or audio, or use any sort of data-intensive applications? Your current example doesn’t even accept that applications even exist – how accurate is that?

9) Have vodafone changed any of the wording in their T&C’s?
These are our current Terms and Conditions. See under data access, we have always said customers would be charged for excessive use.

And there you are. The current terms don’t say customers would be charged for excessive use. There’s lots of stuff about how Vodafone may ask customers to moderate their usage, and reserve the right to charge – nothing whatsoever to say Vodafone would charge. In fact, there are dozens of examples of people using more than 500MB and never being charged – the point being that a Fair Usage Policy allows this degree of flexibility. By stating anything over 500MB is ‘excessive usage’, that removes any ambiguity and there renders the Fair Use Policy null and void.

Then again, Vodafone have only just got around to defining what ‘excessive use’ actually means – and according to a senior manager, that only happened today. He also says it’s “highly unlikely” customers won’t be charged if they use 600MB a month, so how the christing hell is anybody meant to have any clue about what they might be paying?

Complicating the issue further is Vodafone’s decision to remove the term ‘unlimited’ from their tariffs, despite plenty of customers believing they signed tariffs that allowed unlimited data, a promise that, according to many customers, was seemingly reiterated by Vodafone staff.

There’s also the point that Vodafone are still talking about making changes to the standard terms and conditions. If they modify the standard terms, they have to give customers 30 days notice, rather than the 14 days they are still yet to give in time for 1 June when the new charges begin; therefore Vodafone are still in breach of their own terms, and those of Ofcom, too.

Sorry Vodafone, but there are more holes in your story than a hen party from Hull.

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via Bitterwallet

This is the last article regarding the Vodafone issue on this site – if you want to keep track of what’s going on then you could always check Bitterwallet (they have RSS and Twitter) and I’m sure there’s a Facebook Group to boycott this change in terms too. (Facebook group doesn’t seem to be online right now).

It’s been a while since the original Application lists on My HTC Desire were compiled, and I know there’s a lot more awesome applications on the Market now including Dolphin Browser HD, Twitter and Cubed Music Player.

I’d like to create Top 20 Applications and Top 20 Games lists for the HTC Desire, and would be grateful if you could participate too.

How To Participate

Just email me a list of your favourite applications and games at: hello [at] myhtcdesire [dot] com.
When I’ve got enough entries I’ll add up the figures and produce an article with the results.

Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time out to help out this ever-growing community of HTC Desire owners!

HERE’S WHAT TO READ AND SHARE

Background Information

As mentioned in a previous article, Vodafone have introduced a new ridiculous change in their terms which states that they’ll no longer be offering the soft-cap of 500MB on their so-called “unlimited” data package.  Instead, you’ll now have to pay extra as soon as you exceed that limit.

In defense of this petty limit, which is pretty much an insult to customers, they say:

500MB means you can read and reply to 10,000 emails, download 24 Google maps and read 8,000 BBC News stories. Today, a tiny fraction of our customers use their full allowance.

Whilst what they’re saying about the email, maps and news is true – it does NOT reflect a typical data usage scenario, especially for users of smartphones such as the Desire who are more likely to be browsing the full web (assume the BBC News statistic is based on using their text-only mobile site), watching videos, connecting to social networks, downloading apps and all the rest of it.

This is totally despicable behaviour on Vodafone’s part, but the folks over at BitterWallet have provided an excellent article on exactly what this change means for you as a customer, how Vodafone are effectively cheating you, and all possible action you can take including a letter template that you can send to Vodafone.  I truly respect these guys for fighting for the freedom of the everyday UK consumer.

I strongly insist that you read through it, and pass on the information to anyone you know who is a Vodafone UK customer.

HERE’S THE ARTICLE

This article is written by Paul AKA Munkeycop, via Twitter.

Update. 25 May 2010: This method will also solve issues where you get an error message saying “Google Talk authentication has failed”

Introduction

All day yesterday I was unable to download any Android apps from the marketplace, it was very annoying. The phone would constantly say ‘preparing download’ and that was it, there wasn’t even an error message. It turned out the problem wasn’t with the phone but it was to do with a change that Google made to their email service this week.

All over the world googlemail.com is known as gmail.com, here in the UK it is called googlemail.com due to a copyright dispute. However, Google sorted out the legal stuff and this week offered all UK users the option to move over to a gmail address. They claimed the switch over would be seamless but it would seem that they’ve overlooked Android handsets.

Once I changed over to gmail.com my HTC Desire was suddenly unable to download apps from the Android Marketplace. The issue is with the ‘Talk’ application on the handset (Talk is Google’s equivalent of Windows Instant Messenger). When downloading from the marketplace, in the background, ‘Talk’ signs in on your Google email address and that is what authenticates the handset to commence the download. In my example it was still signing in on my old googlemail.com address but this no longer existed (I was also getting an error message stating that Google Talk would not authenticate, a telltale sign of this problem). This is why I was unable to download anything. What doesn’t help is that there is no option on the handset to change the settings for the Talk application, you are stuck with the settings you already entered when you set up the phone for the first time.

The Fix(es):

Option 1 – Not Recommended

Remove your googlemail.com account from your phone then add the new gmail address. The problem here is that removing your googlemail.com account from your phone requires a full phone reset, this involves losing EVERYTHING on your phone and starting again from scratch. Not good.

Option 2 – Much Better!

Go into your google email account settings (via a computer, not your handset) and switch back to your old googlemail.com address. The second I did this and restarted my handset’s internet connection the applications started downloading again.

In order to refer Gmail back to googlemail.com follow these steps:

  1. On a computer, log into your gmail.
  2. Click Settings (top right)
  3. Click Accounts and Imports
  4. At the bottom, next to ‘Change Account Settings‘, click on ‘Google Account Settings‘.
  5. On the opened page it will tell you near the top whether you have a gmail or googlemail address.
  6. Go back to the previous page, next to ‘send mail as’ there is a small ‘switch to gmail?’ link, click this.
  7. Then, click the link that says ‘go back to googlemail‘, then on the next page click the next button to confirm (I think it’s the big blue button).
  8. Then click on the ‘Google Account Settings’ link from step 4; this should now confirm you are back on a googlemail account.

Credits

This article is written by Paul AKA Munkeycop, via Twitter.
If you have anything tips, tricks or news to share then feel free to email: hello [at] myhtcdesire [dot] com

f3d0r at XDA-Developers has created a new widget for Android which lets you use your camera flash as a torch (or flashlight if you’re Atlanticly inclined in that way).  It’s simple, it does the job well.  The main advantage of this over other apps is that it’s just a toggle widget that sits on your homescreen.  Click it whenever you light to turn the light on, and again to turn it off.  Though it’s not available on the Market yet, you can download from here: http://www.mediafire.com/?nzkcjwrxnyr

The installation instructions are same as usual, either download to phone and install OR download to PC, transfer to MicroSD card, use Astro File Manager to browse to file and install