Orange homescreen freedom… at last!
Orange need lessons in listening. Their customers scream at them telling them they’re doing something completely wrong but they just carry on regardless. I’m referring of course to the Orange homescreen that they’re seemingly going to insist is applied to every new phone they release. Their customers don’t want it and it looks like they’ll lose customers if they carry on ignoring us. What to do to get rid of the Orange homescreen.
If I could show you a graphic of what it did look like I would but I despise it that much I won’t have it adorning my blog under any circumstances. Here’s an image provided by msmobilenews.com which is very reminiscent of the homescreen on the Nokia 6680. However, the homescreen on the Nokia 6680 cannot be turned off or altered in any way – well done Orange.
Luckily there is at least one way around having this abomination on your beautifully crafted Nokia 6680 and that is to have it flashed with a generic version of Nokia’s firmware by your local Nokia Service Point (NSP). After doing a lot of reading on nokiafree.org and allaboutsymbian.com, having it flashed is literally the only way to properly remove it and re-instate Nokia’s Active Desktop which, I might add, knocks spots off Orange’s crappy colourless implementation.
There is, I’m told, a few side-effects of having your phone flashed but I’m yet to discover any with my phone. Those of you with a “Line 2” might be affected (so I’ve heard) but I can’t say because I haven’t got “Line 2”.
It is noteworthy that the first time I went to get my phone flashed I was given “bad news”, they said they couldn’t do it as the software (I presume Nokia’s flashing software) was only offering them the operator firmware versions. It turns out that this was down to the fact that Nokia have split their software into two versions; their own (generic) software and the operators’ own abominations.
Ladies and gentlemen, I now present you, Nokia’s Active Desktop on an Orange 6680.
Orange, do yourselves a favour and ditch the homescreen idea, it’s woefully inadequate and, to be quite frank, shit.