Category Archive: Windows Phone

May 03

Tired of waiting for your carrier (AT&T) to update your Windows Phone to 7.10.8107? Do it yourself!

As the title probably gives away, I’m a Windows Phone user.  Why is that important?  Well, I have a v1 Samsung Focus on AT&T, and I recently just got tired of waiting for AT&T to roll out updated builds post 7720 (aka Mango), which include things like the “disappearing keyboard” fix and security updates.  AT&T has stated that they aren’t rolling out 8107 (or 7740 for that matter), but will roll out a “post-8107” update (probably “Tango”, or the “WP 7.5 Refresh”).  The caveat is that they have not specified to which devices this update would be pushed to, and the v1 Focus is EOL (as are all v1 WP7 devices on AT&T), the relatively new Focus S/Focus Flash are soon to be EOL, and so far only the Nokia Lumia and HTC Titan II have any builds post-7720 on AT&T, so it’s hard to say for sure any devices prior to these two will actually be updated at any point in the future.  The original WP7 promise was that all devices would get updates, and carriers could skip only one and had to release the next.  Well, AT&T seems to say otherwise, and given 8107 has been available since January 2012 (and 7740 was available November of 2011 – AT&T didn’t push that one out either…)  Guess that wasn’t true, huh.  While I am pretty peeved at AT&T on this, I still have a functional device that works with everything in the marketplace – normally, I’d be OK with this decision (so far).  However, as mentioned, build 8107 contains security updates as well as a pretty significant set of bugfixes for the “disappearing keyboard” fiasco and email threading issues with Exchange, this is really kind of a silly update to skip (not to mention it goes against the original “one release” skip promise.

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