Thanks again, anjasola! Great info. Once I get my deal sorted, I'll post it.
I'm now being told T-Mobile UK will have the 8800 "in the week of 19 March". Either Vodafone and Orange signed a 30-day exclusivity deal, or T-Mobile is just lagging in getting these to market for some reason; maybe the T-Mobile UK version will be a fusion-powered, 5G, Google-in-my-pocket nano-Cray. I'm guessing lagging, as O2 now also carries the 8800. [BTW, it seems I'm the only bloke in the UK screaming for this thing, at least on T-Mobile. Screaming into the wilderness again. Ho hum. Apologies for foaming at the mouth, I'm losing it with these empty hands. Watch this ]