Thanks for the help fellas.
I don't worry about the warrenty thing - one could always claim/demand a replacement if anything should happen to this one. Ain't that why we insure our mobiles?
Anyway, I've managed to debrand my phone by using this tutorial
in Win7, took a couple of goes (it's all about timing) then updated the firmware without all the bloatware (only SE stuff) and so far the phone seems to be happy. Now, I'm just about to re-root the phone and take out all the useless crap I don't use before I install the stuff that's actually useful
Curious. Why can't service providers, provide us with mobiles, like they left the facory? I mean, seriously, who actually uses all that crap?? Ain't it like buying a PC laptop and doing a new install minus all the bloat?