I am not sure if this is a Nokia or Microsoft feature, but the latest ROM leaked for the the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 adds a new, but rather useful feature for those on limited data plans.
Under Mobile Network Settings, users are now able to switch mobile data off completely, confining data use to WIFI only, even when it is not available.
The ROMs, firmware 3049.0000.1330.xx, are available for download at WindowsMania.pl here, but of course flashing your device will lead to some data loss.
While the feature is great for those on data limits, I wish for the opposite also, ie. the ability to force mobile data use when WIFI is not available e.g. when downloading podcasts, for those with fast connectivity and unlimited data plans.
Find the ROMs at WindowsMania.pl here.
Nokia promised to announce impressive enterprise wins later in August, and has now delivered in spades, with the news that more than 19,000 Delta Air Lines flight attendants will today begin using new Windows Phone 8 handheld devices to streamline on-board purchasing.
"Delta’s 19,000 in-flight professionals are there for the safety and comfort of our customers, and equipping them with innovative solutions means they can better meet our customers’ needs on board every flight," said Joanne Smith, senior vice president – In-Flight Service. "This is yet another way we’re investing in technology to improve the customer experience."
The Windows Phone 8 device, a Nokia Lumia 820, enables Delta flight attendants to offer:
- Near real-time credit card processing for on-board purchases, including upgrades to Delta’s popular Economy Comfort seating. On-board Economy Comfort upgrades will begin on transcontinental and international flights before being offered on flights across Delta’s system.
- Convenient eReceipts that can be emailed to customers.
- Customers’ use of pre-paid credit cards for on-board purchases.
- Quicker transaction processing times.
- In the near future, the ability to read coupons displayed on a customer’s mobile device.
- More efficient service recovery.
On Aug. 26, flight attendants on Delta Connection flights also will begin using the device.
In the future, Delta expects to provide flight attendants with certain customer-specific information to enable more personalized service.
This solution was developed by Microsoft, Avanade and AT&T after months of development and feedback from flight attendants. The Windows Phone 8 devices will include a Delta-specific customer experience developed by Avanade on the Microsoft Dynamics for Retail mobile point-of sale platform and will operate over Wi-Fi and AT&T’s 4G LTE Network. The agreement includes plans to expand the solution over the next three years to the newest Nokia devices.
Delta also offers its popular Fly Delta app for Windows Phone and today offers in-flight Wi-Fi on more than 800 aircraft.
Delta Air Lines has more than 80,000 employees, serves more than 160 million customers each year and offers service to 327 destinations in 63 countries on six continents.
Read more at Nokia Conversations here.
Thanks Nishy for the tip.
WPDang reports that the China Unicom version of the Nokia Amber update for the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 is now also available to download.
The update has all the expected features except of course Datasense, which is even now only on a limited number of carriers.
As usual we do not recommend flashing your handset, due to the risk of data loss, but if you are bold (or foolhardy) read more about the download and Installation at WPDang.
WindowsMania.pl, who has leaked the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 Amber firmware update, has now also posted a video demo of the software running on the Nokia Lumia 820.
The download for the update and instructions can be found at WindowsMania.pl, but in general we suggested waiting for the official Over the Air update, which would preserve you app data vs flashing the ROM, which will wipe out all third party apps.
WindowsMania.pl always seem to get their hands on the goodies before everyone else and today is no exception.
They have managed to lay their hands on the as yet unreleased Nokia Amber firmware for the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920.
They also have full instructions on flashing these stock ROMs, but note that unlike the official over the air update this will wipe your device, meaning your application data and settings and game progress, unless backed up by the apps elsewhere, will be cleared from your handset and you may lose data.
Posting on their firmware update site, Vodafone Australia announced that testing of the GDR 2 update for the HTC 8X has been completed, and is just awaiting release by Microsoft.
Unfortunately the more complex Nokia Amber release of the Nokia Lumia 820 is still in testing, and for some reason the update for the Nokia Lumia 720 has not been submitted yet.
It seems by keeping it simple HTC may beat Nokia out of the gate with the new software. Hopefully it will not be like Samsung did, by leaving out important features such as Datasense and the FM Radio support.
See the page at Vodafone Australia here.
Thanks brent3000 for the tip.
Vodafone Australia has posted on their blog that the PR2.0 Nokia Amber update is currently in testing for the Nokia Lumia 820, and that testing will soon begin for the Nokia Lumia 720.
An update is also in testing for the HTC 8X.
The testing phase tends to last less than 2 weeks, suggesting we can expect to see the OS roll out at the end of July or early in August, at least on this carrier.
The Nokia Amber GDR2 update brings back support for the FM radio, brings Datasense to all handsets, an Always ON Clock, Double Tap to Wake , Nokia Smart Camera App , CalDav & CardDav support , and a host of other features, including Bluetooth 4.0 support for the Nokia Lumia 720.
Thanks brent3000 for the tip.
Telecompaper reports that Digicel is bringing the Nokia Lumia range to Trinidad and Tobago.
The carrier will be offering the Nokia Lumia 620, 820 and 920 at its flagship stores across the country.
The Nokia Lumia 520 will be $599 TTD ($93 USD) on contract, while the 820 will be $2899 TTD ($451 USD) and the 920 will be $3899 TTD ($607 USD) on contract.
The carrier has previously offered the Nokia Lumia 610.
There are some people who message constantly on their phones and really challenge a battery to last a whole day.
For those people a removable battery is just not enough, and they need just what Mugen Power has provided – a massive extended battery that more than doubles the capacity of the 1650 mAh battery in the Nokia Lumia 820.
The battery costs $89.50, which is somewhat pricy, and comes with a replacement back available in Black, Red, Yellow and White.
The Mugen Power 3600mAh Extended Battery for Nokia Lumia 820 with Battery Door [HLI-820XL] can be found on their website here. Delivery is from the 4th May.
On their blog Vodafone Australia has announced that the Nokia Lumia 820 is getting a software update tomorrow, and rolling out over the next month, which will enable 4G LTE support on their network.
The PR 1.1.5 update will make the Nokia Lumia 820:
- 4G enabled
- The phone can now play videos sent from a Samsung Galaxy via MMS
- Stability improvement, fixing reboot and freezing issues
- General performance and quality improvements
The update will come to 25% of users in the first 5 days, 50% in the next 15 and should cover all users within 26 days. Users will be notified via an update prompt on their handset.
Interestingly it seems the 4G update is coming to the Nokia Lumia 820 before the iPhone 5 and other Android devices, which is pretty sweet for however long it lasts.
Read more at Vodafone Australia’s blog here.
Thanks Nikhil for the tip.
Recombu posted this round-up of Nokia’s full Windows Phone 8 range, including the Nokia Lumia 520, 620, 720, 820 and 920.
They have also posted a brief overview of the specs, and after handling all the devices interestingly felt the Nokia Lumia 720 was their favourite device, saying:
Oddly, the Nokia Lumia 720. Its slender elegance and balance of power sits well in our hand and pocket. It also seems like the design continuation of the seminal Lumia 800, a classic in our eyes.
This of course is good news, given that the 720 is likely the vanguard of Nokia’s device design going forward, with future handsets likely sharing the slimmer and sleeker profile.
Read more at their site here.
Nokia has been moving their free wireless charging promotion from country to country, hitting US, UK and Germany, and the offer has now finally rocked up in Australia.
Unfortunately not retrospective, if you buy a Nokia Lumia 820 or 920 between the 1st April and the 31st May you can claim a free wireless charging plate at Nokia’s dedicated website www.nokiapromo.com.au.
To claim you merely need your date of purchase, receipt number and IMEI number.
At a value of $69 the offer is too good to resist. Read more at NokiaPromo.com.au here.
Thanks Stephen for the tip.
We have seen the Nokia Lumia 820 being discounted elsewhere, and now the Windows Phone 8 handset is also seeing its price dropped on AT&T.
The Nokia Lumia 820 is now available for only 1c on contract, down from $49.99, and the commitment-free price has also dropped fro $399.99 to £349.99.
The deal is available on both new and upgraded contracts, and if signing up for two years you will also get a free Bluetooth handset.