Okay I broke down and bought myself one this evening ... Since yesterday it's been available for GBP150 in the Orange shops on Pay as You Go.
So it's on charge now and I'm waiting to be able to use it. Only 3 hours are needed to charge it so by 9PM I'll be able to play away! Will need to contact Orange a little later to get the unit unlocked, but unfortunately they charge GBP20 to do that. Oh well :-)
Full reviews and details to follow tomorrow or Monday.
Oooooooooh it's just like Christmas!