Vodafone Backs Down In HTC Desire Upgrade Row

Vodafone has agreed to remove the Vodafone 360 update it prompted HTC Desire owners on its network to install following a severe consumer backlash.

Unsuspecting HTC Desire customers, thinking they were being sent the Android 2.2 update, downloaded a set of irremovable Vodafone 360 applications and bookmarks, which, according to several Desire customers, spoiled what was otherwise a very good smartphone.

A company spokesperson has said that an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo for HTC Desire users will be released within a week's time.

Speaking to BBC News, a Vodafone spokesperson said: "We will roll out a vanilla version of 2.2. The only thing we will change are the network settings to optimise them for our network."

The update will remove the intrusive Vodafone 360 applications and install the Android 2.2 operating system.

The company has also said that Vodafone 360 applications will be available as optional download in the future.

When Vodafone launched the 360 update, angry Desire users had flooded the company's consumer forums with complaints.

One agitated consumer wrote: “they in one day have managed to annoy most of their customers by spoiling a brilliant phone.”