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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ars Technica: Challenges Getting Windows Phones Updated

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:30 AM

"If these rumors are true, buying a Lumia 900-or any other Windows Phone handset-is a risky proposition. If you buy subsidized, on-contract handsets, you'll typically be eligible for a new subsidized upgrade every two years. A reasonable expectation, then, would be two years of software support in the form of bugfixes and updates. But if current handsets can't run Windows Phone 8, they'll essentially be cut off from future support in about six months. Developers might still target the older handsets to some extent, but many more will be targeting Windows Phone 8's extended capabilities and richer APIs."

If you are contemplating buying a Windows Phone it will be of interest to you to understand the update strategy from both Microsoft and the carriers proving the phones. As is outlined in this article, it is clearly an uneven playing field and playing strategy from the participants. Ars Technica goes so far as to warn you that buying a Windows Phone like the Nokia Lumia 900 could lead you down a path where you cannot get your phone software updated, depending on which partners are involved. Note that the Android world also has some of these types of issues. It is an in-depth article, but well worth the read, and only takes one click to get there.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Attention HTC Touch Pro2 and HD mini Users: SMS Capability Has Been Enhanced Via Update

Posted by Brad Wasson in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:30 PM

"This update amends the internal management of SMS functionality, and enhances SMS transmission stability."

With this simple note, HTC's European support site has announced a software upgrade for the HTC Touch Pro2 and HD mini that enhances SMS transmission stability. If you have one of these phones you might want to scurry over to the support site and get updating! Note that this update is suitable for ROM versions less than or equal to 1.36.XXX.X.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

T-Mobile Users Upgrading Phones Face Policy Change

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 03:00 PM

"Beginning July 1st, customers that upgrade through T-Mobile Customer Care will be required to pay for their handset upgrades at the time of purchase by credit or debit card instead of billing the charges to their T-Mobile account. EIP customers will be required to pay the first installment only in addition to the Upgrade fee and shipping costs. As for non-EIP customers, T-Mobile will require you to pay the full payment. Customers who want to pay by check or cash will be required to visit their local T-Mobile store to complete their transaction. Government and Business accounts are exempt from this policy change."

TmoNews has reported that, starting July 1st, T-Mobile customers that want to upgrade their phones are facing some new policies. These new policies seemed aimed at ensuring T-mobile gets payment up-front, which, I suppose, is hard to blame them for. If you want more details, a quick trip over to the T-Mobile Support site's "Phone and device upgrade FAQs" page should clarify things.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Server Down Time on Saturday Night

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 05:00 PM

We're doing some upgrades to our server on Saturday night (Eastern US time), so expect some down-time for 2-4 hours. Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sprint Touch Pro 2 6.5 Upgrade Now Available

Posted by Jon Westfall in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 02:00 PM

Feeling like getting all crazy this weekend with Windows Mobile 6.5 on your Sprint Touch Pro 2? Then make a backup and have at it - the downloads are now available!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

HD2 Owners Get No Windows Phone 7 Love

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:40 AM

"Bad news, HTC HD2 owners: Microsoft has finally come right out and confirmed our suspicions that the mighty HTC HD2 won't be upgraded to Windows Phone 7 Series. Joe Belfiore just told us that the HD2 is "not compliant with the Windows Phone 7 Series hardware specifications," which should end any of the lingering doubt that's clouded this issue since MWC."

Well, it's official. The HD2 will forever remain a Windows Mobile 6.5 device. While it's a bummer, it really shouldn't be all that surprising. Microsoft wants to wipe the slate clean with Windows Phone 7 Series, and that means all-new software and hardware. What we're most interested in is that now that Microsoft has made it official this early in the year, will HD2 sales be negatively impacted? Only time will tell.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

HTC Russia Says "Nyet" on Windows Mobile 7 for Touch Pro2 and Diamond2 Devices

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 03:00 PM

"For Diamond 2 firmware is not planned. Of the existing communicators on the market, only the HD2 firmware to get WM7."

That's a translated quote from HTC Russia's Twitter account, though as of right now the tweet has been deleted and the page Engadget linked to is now gone. Oh HTC, you should know better - you can't publish something, then try to un-do it after it's gotten out there. At any rate, I'm not sure which surprises me more: that the HD2 will be getting a Windows Mobile 7 upgrade, or that the almost-as-expensive Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2 won't. I'm not so sure I believe that the HD2 will get an upgrade to lacks some of the things that are part of the Chassis 1 spec we read about earlier this year. We can all hope though, right?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

T-Mobile Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrades In Early January?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:30 AM

"The good news is that this isn't the 400th article this month talking about a potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger. The better news is that this rumor has a stronger chance of coming true than a Sprint/T-Mobile merger. One of my trusty ninjas hit me up tonight with information claiming that a Windows Mobile 6.5 update will see the light of day for the TouchPro2 and Dash 3G beginning January 6th, 2010"

It's a rumor reported by TMoNews, to be sure, however hopefully it's somewhat accurate. I mean when else will T-Mo finally get around to popping out the 6.5 updates for these two phones anyway? (Actually, if past track record is any indication, January 6th 2011 is probably just as likely). Hopefully though within a month us loyal T-mo users will have an official 6.5 upgrade - you know, the OS that was released on October 6 -- for those devices released in early and mid summer!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Microsoft Getting Serious About Windows Update For Devices?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 05:00 AM

The I Started Something blog has run across a new job posting at MS that indicates Microsoft is getting serious about the Windows Update feature on a mobile device.

"Our goal is to enable customers to anticipate and enjoy a predictable stream of new and improved capabilities for their Windows Phone via a Device Update service that is worry-free and easy-to-use"

It is going to not only have to be as easy and worry free as the iPhone update mechanism, but as powerful as well. Apple has kept the iPhone users that originally purchased the device in 2007 up to date where the hardware allows, and the new 3.0 OS will still work on those original two year old iPhones with only minor limitations in capabilities. Contrast that today with a lot of Windows Mobile 6.1 devices that won't be upgraded to 6.5 due out this fall, giving their owners far less than even one year of having a device with the latest features.

The article indicates this feature won't be on 6.5, which may be true. 6.5 is probably too far along to have any major changes to it before the release date, so it may be 7.0 before we see this implemented.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

HTC Touch HD ROM Upgrade Improves GPS, Fixes Bugs

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 08:00 AM

HTC has posted a ROM update for the Touch HD, which, alongside the usual batch of bug fixes, improves the performance of GPS and emergency call connections, and updates the connection setup database. It's a free download, although you will need to provide your serial number in order to gain access to it.

Monday, April 6, 2009

HTC Will Be Offering a Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrade, For Free, On the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Talk" @ 03:43 PM

I just received word back from an HTC representative that they are indeed going to be offering a free upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 on both their Touch Diamond2 and the Touch Pro2:

"What I can say on the matter is that HTC has committed to offer a free upgrade from Windows Mobile 6.1 to Windows Mobile 6.5 for both the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2. I don't have details on timing by carrier or region - just that we will be offering the upgrade for free."

This fact had been assumed by some people, but every written comment I could find simply stated that these two phones were "upgradeable" to 6.5. As we all know, being technically upgradeable means nothing in this market - only a public comittment to actually do the upgrade is what matters. Now that HTC has made this comittment, you can go ahead with your Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2 purchases from our affiliate store. ;-)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Samsung SGH-i780, Verizon Wireless XV6900 Receive Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrades

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:10 PM

Both the Samsung SGH-i780 (European version) and Verizon Wireless' XV6900 (HTC Touch) have finally been blessed with Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades. Visit our Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade thread for links to these upgrades, as well as many more.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Windows Mobile 6.1 Upgrade Thread

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 09:45 PM

There's no shortage of Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades available for download, so we've compiled and linked to (hopefully) all of them to make searching for that device upgrade just a little bit easier. If you know of any we've missed, hit us with a link and we'll add it to the list.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Palm Pulling Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for AT&T Treo 750 on October 31, 2008

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 03:10 AM

"The availability of updates that include Windows Mobile 6 for Treo 750 smartphones will expire as of 10/31/2008. Users of these devices who want this update must download it before the expiration date."

HTC isn't the only one pulling upgrades. If you have an AT&T-branded Treo 750 and want to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6, you have a little over a week to do so.

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