It appears T-Mobile is not planning to push out the GDR3 update for the Nokia Lumia 810.
Nokia’s update tracker merely marks the Black update as Not Available, and Pizzaboy on Reddit confirmed with T-Mobile that they will not be pushing out the software.
T-Mobile support called this a normal part of the handset’s life cycle, but with the handset less than 15 months old this level of support is still much less than we expect.
It also raises questions about whether the handset will be getting the Windows Phone 8.1 update, an update Microsoft promises to all Windows Phones, as long as the carrier supported it. T-Mobile, which is the carrier with the most Windows phone customers in USA, is clearly not looking to support the handset a year after it discontinued it.
Fortunately Nokia’s phone business will soon belong to Microsoft, opening up hope for full updates coming to handsets, much like the GDR3 Developer preview.
Do our readers agree Microsoft need to take direct charge of updates? Let us know below.
Contrary to rumours, it appears that the T-Mobile USA Nokia Lumia 810 will not in fact receive an upgrade to LTE support on the carrier.
A hint to this may have been when the handset was left out of T-Mobile’s un-carrier announcement, and the news has now been confirmed by was Randy Meyerson, Senior Director, Product Marketing at T-Mobile, who noted:
“I’m following up as per my note last night. Unfortunately, the Nokia Lumia 810 is not upgradable to LTE. While it is true that it has a chipset that is LTE-capable in certain circumstances, the variant that was used in this device can’t be enabled for LTE.”
The news will come as a disappointment to NL 810 owners, and demonstrates a lack of forward planning at T-Mobile, who could certainly have specified such support when they ordered the handset, but it serves as a warning to buyers never to purchase a handset for future features, even when supposedly confirmed, but rather for what it already present.
While the Nokia Lumia 810 is a nice enough handset, it is not the best specified Windows Phone on T-Mobile USA. That honour goes to the HTC 8X, but is seems buyers of that device will be left out of the LTE party.
WPDaily enquired from T-Mobile and received the following reply:
The Lumia 810 is the only other LTE-capable device on T-Mobile aside from the Note II, and we will share timing of that LTE MR at a later time. Please stay tuned.
The reason is likely related to Nokia’s radio expertise, which allows them to support a wide variety of frequencies with one chipset.
As WPDaily notes, the news is a nice boost for existing owners of the NL 810, but of course does leave new buyers in a bind - Buy an HTC 8X for its nice design, thin profile and very good HD screen, or buy a lower specced and frankly less attractively designed Nokia Lumia 810 for the coming high speed network support.
Which one would our readers chose? Let us know below.
The new Nokia Lumia 820 running on Windows Phone 8 is now available on T-Mobile USA.Â It featuresÂ Â scratchproof Corning Gorilla Glass ,Â 4.3″ OLED WVGA ClearBlack display. It hasÂ got an 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics with 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. This device allows you to expand phone memory using SD cards. It also allows you to change the back shell of the device with wireless charging shell.
This device is now available for order from T-Mobile from $99.99 on 2 year contract for a limited time.
Check it out here.Â Also check out Wirefly to get this device at $79.99.
T-Mobile US has started selling two new Windows Phone 8 devices on its network. Windows Phone 8XÂ by HTC andÂ Nokia Lumia 810 are the two newÂ devices.Â HTC 8X will come inÂ California Blue with 16GB of storage for $199 and Nokia Lumia 810 for $149, both available on 2 year contract with a $50 mail-in rebate. T-Mobile is the only network that offersÂ unlimited 4G data plan on a nationwide basis.
T-Mobile appears to be gearing up to release the Nokia Lumia 810, with a tipster sending us these pictures of the handset from his local T-Mobile store.
The mid-range Windows Phone has a 4.3 inch WVGA device with a ClearBlack AMOLED screen and 8 megapixel rear and also HD front camera, just like the Lumia 820, and will also support interchangeable shells, with the possibility of wireless charging.
The handset is expected to hit the $99 price point.
TMoNews managed to get their hands on T-Mobile USAâ€™s price list for the magenta carrierâ€™s latest devices being sold at Wal-Mart, and if the prices are to be believed, Windows Phone 8 buyers will not have to reach too deep into their pockets to get the latest handset.
From the list the:
Windows Phone 8X: $148.00
Nokia Lumia 810: $99.88
Hopefully T-Mobileâ€™s retail stores will have a similar pricing regime.
Nokia and T-Mobile showed off the newly announced Nokia Lumia 810 at MobileCon. The HSDPA+ 42 MBps handset is a variant of the LTE Nokia Lumia 820 especially and exclusively for T-Mobile.
At 11.2 mm thick it is 1mm thicker than the Nokia Lumia 820, but every swappable back (in black and cyan) comes with wireless charging built in.
The handset has a 4.3-inch WVGA AMOLED ClearBlack display, 8 megapixel rear camera, and Skype HD certified 1.2 megapixel front camera and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. The handset is 145g, slightly lighter than the 164 g of the Nokia Lumia 820, and has longer talk time of 10.5 hours vs 7,5 hours, by virtue of its larger 1650 mAh battery.
The handset is expected to come in rather cheap, in the $100 range and below, which should ensure a good reception on the budget carrier.
On their Conversations blog Nokia revealed a Nokia Lumia 820 variant specifically for T-Mobile USA.
The 4.3 inch WVGA device has a ClearBlack AMOLED screen and 8 megapixel rear and also HD front camera, just like the Lumia 820, and will also support interchangeable shells, with the possibility of wireless charging.
The phone will support all the same apps such as Citylens, Nokia Music and Nokia Transit, and will be optimized for T-Mobileâ€™s 4G network.
The Nokia Lumia 810 is â€œexpected to be available in the coming weeks.â€