OK. I gave in and ordered a black one from Noel Leeming today.
I played with the display model and that was it. Hooked.
They only had gold in stock which really wasn't my style, so the black is on order, should be a few days.
Now I have to decide if I am brave enough to do that thing that was referred to earlier in this thread and remove the horrible, horrible Spark logo. Why we have to have that on non-Spark phones I will never know.
If you manage to get rid of it, let me know. Ive attempted 3 times with no success. I asked about the possibility of getting it done at PB Tech. They investigated for me apparently & was told "Regarding your inquiry about firmware & Spark logo, it is not able to change. We can re-flash firmware, but it would still have Spark logo when you power it on"
I started a thread on this topic. Page 2 has the most helpful info from members https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=97&topicid=223318&page_no=2
It makes no sense to me: why should Spark get free advertising? VF certainly do not do it on handsets they supply, so how is it that the handsets sold by the third party retailers all end up with Spark software?
And do you need to change that software to make the phone work properly with, say, VF?