We often hear about Nokia handsets getting the Tango update, but less often of the first generation handsets getting the software update.
It is therefore welcome to hear that Bell Canada is pushing out the Windows Phone 7 Tango update to the HTC HD7 and the LG Optimus Quantum, particularly given that the carrier is no longer offering any Windows Phone 7 handsets at all.
Professeur Thibault has noticed in the latest and last episode of Chuck, the LG Quantum makes a surprise appearance, in the place of the usual iPhone product placement.
The Professor however notes the product placement was not used to best effect, with no tiles even being shown off and no picture being attached to the caller ID, making it difficult to identify the OS. However nothing gets past sharp-eyed Windows Phone fans
Read more at professeurthibault.fr
According to a leaked internal memo Bell will start pushing out the 8107 Windows Phone 7 update, which famously fixes the â€œdisappearing keyboardâ€ issue, amongst others.
The update will be pushed out in two waves, the first tomorrow and the next on the 25th, a week later, via on-device update notifications.
Interestingly the term â€œcommercial refresh 1â€ suggests there may be more â€œcommercial refreshesâ€ on the way.
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WPCentral reports that AT&T has marked their current Windows Phone 7 line-up, including the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, HTC Surround and also the HTC HD7s as end of life, meaning current stock will be sold-out but not replenished.
Fortunately AT&T has already announced their new Windows Phone 7.5 line-up, including the Samsung Focus S, HTC Titan and Samsung Focus Flash. Interestingly it does mean the end of Windows Phone 7 device with a hard keyboard on the network, but I suspect those were never big sellers.
Now the only question which remains is when AT&T will release the new crop of devices.
This morning we wrote that Telus has posted instructions for the update to Mango. We can now add Bell Canada to the list of carriers ready also, with the carrier posting update information to the LG Optimus Quantum on the 15/9/2011 ( a day before the aborted â€Mango dayâ€).
I think at this stage the job will be to find which carriers are not ready, and once we do hurry them up a bit, as they are clearly holding us all back.
Thanks Marc for the tip.
The Windows Team Blog has announced that the troubled Samsung Omnia 7 on Orange will now start receiving the NoDo and post-NoDo 7390 and 7392 updates in about 10 days, as they have entered scheduling.
Also on the receiving end of the updates is the LG Quantum on AT&T, which will get the 7392 post-NoDo security update soon also.
Read more at the Windows team Blog here.
Winrumors have received an internal email from AT&T which strongly suggest AT&T will start pushing out the pre-NoDO and NoDo update for the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus on the 19th April. Surprisingly HTC Surround owners will have to wait till mid-May for their update.
Interestingly the email notes that while the headline feature is copy and paste, AT&T have also added their own â€œadditional functionalityâ€ unique to the network.
See the email after the break.
Another week has passed, and the prospect of an AT&T push of the NoDo update has also been pushed back another week, as the latest update of Microsoftâ€™s â€œWhereâ€™s my update pageâ€ ironically shows.
As Windows Phone Metro poignantly states, the only evidence of any change is that the date on the table has been updated. Given that â€œearly Aprilâ€ is rapidly receding, it is likely the second starred item will soon also disappear from the table.
Of course with all manner of hacks available to get the update on your phone for those most eager to get it, it is likely pressure on the carrier has been much reduced.
Thanks Steven for the tip.
At present Telstra is carrying the HTC Mozart and the LG Optimus 7Q (better known as the Quantum) and will soon have the HTC HD7.
Windows phone 7 has been selling well down under, and obviously these users are as eager to get their updates as everyone else.
On their new HTC HD7 pricing announcement page the company has announced their time scale for the push.
Software updates for our current Windows Phone 7 customers
We know our Windows Phone 7 customers want the latest, best-performing software for their smartphones. Weâ€™re working with Microsoft and phone makers to deliver OS updates as quickly as possible. The Windows Phone 7 â€˜pre-updateâ€™ has passed Telstraâ€™s test program and we expect Microsoft to make it available to our 7 Mozart and LG Optimus 7Q customers late this week or early next week. Additional software updates for both devices will follow in April.
Hopefully testing for the NoDo update will progress much more rapidly than the Pre-NoDo update, but I suspect â€œin Aprilâ€ actually means late in April and likely May for most users.
Thanks Chris for the tip.
Earlier this morning we posted rather convoluted instructions on how to debrand HTC devices by removing the registry key discovered byÂ Rafael Rivera which removes the need to wait for carriers to start pushing the NoDo update.
Now Bryan Campbell has sent us some instructions for LG owners to do the same for their phones, and thankfully it is much simpler, not even needing to have the phones developer unlocked.
The instructions are as follows:
1. Enable the MFG application by going to the dialer and dialing ##634# then pressing call.
2. Launch the MFG application and enter 277634#*# when prompted for a password.
3. Select the Engineer Menu item.
4. Select the Other Setting menu item.
5. Select the Edit registry menu item.
6. Set the input boxes on this menu as follows:
Select ROOT_PATH: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Input SUB_PATH: \System\Platform\DeviceTargetingInfo\
Input KEY: MobileOperator
Data Type: STRING
7. Select Query and write down the result in case you need to re-brand for some reason.
8. To debrand just enter the same information above and leave the input data field blank. The tool will say fail but it really did set correctly.
You can now connect to Zune and check for updates.
Bryan notes the back allowed him to get the pre-NoDo update, and hopefully the NoDo update will be along shortly also.
Thanks Bryan for the tip.
We previously brought you news of carrier AT&T slashing the prices of the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus to $99 for US users, with speculation that this new low price point might be a permanent state of affairs.
It’s worth mentioning that this is far from the only sub-$100 WP7 deal – Costco are currently offering WP7 devices for $50, while Amazon Wireless currently has the Focus, Quantum for a mere $0.01US – plus, of course, contract charges. (Thanks to commenters ScamHarbor and lkl for bringing this to our attention.)
US carrier AT&T recently slashed the prices of two WP7 devices – the LG Quantum and the highly popular Samsung Focus – to a mere $99 USD on a two-year contract. The price without a contract also fell to $399.
It is possible this was a random sale or temporary discount, however WMPoweruser reader Saad Hashmi believes it could be a permanent price change: the cut has not been advertised as a sale, and has been introduced offline as well as online. He reports:
Today my cousin needed to return a router to AT&T so I went to the local store in Southern California and I decided to check out the price. There it was on the sign: “$99 on contract”. That rules out a web-only sale too. So after my cousin had returned the router. I asked one of the employees there about the phone’s price. He said they just got word of the new pricing last night and changed it in-store this morning. I asked him if it was permanent and he replied, “I’m not completely sure. Like I said, we only just got the message yesterday and it just said to change the price” (not 100% his words).
AT&T is an important first port of call for many smartphone buyers looking for a new contract; if this pricing scheme is permanent, it may indicate a more aggressive approach towards pushing WP7 to customers, which can only be a good thing. However, that the WP7 devices are placed at the bottom of AT&T’s smartphone catalogue may tell a different story.
The HTC Surround, as before, remains at $199.
The Samsung Focus and LG Quantum have both just seen a steep discount on AT&T, with the handsets, which started at $199 now available for only $99.99 with free activation and shipping.
Interestingly the HTC Surround is still $199.99, but however also benefits from free activation and shipping.
See the deals at AT&T here.
Thanks Rocky for the tip.
Consumer Reports, who have condemned the iPhone 4 due to its antenna design flaw, have been much more welcoming to the US batch of Windows Phone 7 handsets.
According the SeattlePI, in its January 2011 issue, said the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum on AT&T and the HTC HD7 on T-Mobile "all fared well in preliminary evaluation."
In the report they note:
Windows Phone 7. The main screen has customizable Live Tiles with real-time updates from the Web and social networks. It drives large displays — we’ve seen it on phones with 4.3-inch screens — and supports networked, player-to-player gaming. One omission: At press time, it lacked cut and paste. The older Windows Mobile OS remains on a few phones, none of which we now recommend.
APPS There were about 1,000 at press time. The system can access movies and music in Zune marketplace.
Hopefully, by the time the next report comes round, the cut and paste issue will be a thing of the past, and the app store will have many thousands more apps, allaying their major concerns.
Read more at SeattlePI here.
In the 14 minute video review he commends the keyboard, loves the battery life (which he notes is much better than Android handsets he tested) and comments that sound quality is good, with absolutely no dropped calls at all.
Have any of our LG Quantum owning readers had the same experience? Let us know below.