In Telstra’s latest Handset Software Update notice the carrier has revealed that the GDR3 update has now been delivered to them by HTC for the HTC 8X and 8S, and for the Nokia Lumia 925 and 1020 and are now in the first phase of testing. The venerable Nokia Lumia 920 is expected to enter testing in January 2014 only.
Testing normally only takes a small number of weeks, suggesting we could see the software update roll out by the end of the year or early in January next year.
GDR3 will bring improvements in custom ring tones, a driving mode, the ability to close apps from the task switching screen and also glance screen and camera improvements via Nokia’s customizations.
It seems Windows Phone is gathering even more carrier support.
We reported yesterday that O2 Germany was testing their My O2 app, and today we hear that Telstra in Australia is also beta testing their Telstra 24×7 app.
The app is available as an open beta, but does require users to sign up at Telstra’s support forum first.
The app supports viewing your balance, checking usage on your various devices, and buying credit.
To sign up for the service read more at Telstra’s site here.
TechAu.com reports that major Australian carrier Telstra has cancelled all pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 1020, due to a software issue so severe they were unable to give a date when the handset would be available.
In compensation however they were offering buyers a free, no commitment Nokia Lumia 520, which just dropped from $179 to $99 on Telstra, and must surely be costing the carrier even less. Thats a pretty sweet consolation prize.
It is not known what Telstra’s software issue is (possible something like AT&T’s online file locker?) but the handset is happily being sold by Optus and Harvey Norman.
Have any of our readers been a beneficiary of Telstra’s largesse? Let us know below.
Via TechAu.com, thanks Brent3000 for the tip.
Telstra Australia has shared some news regarding the GDR3 update for Windows Phone with its subscribers.
HTC had cancelled the GDR2 update to their HTC 8X in favour of jumping to GDR3 directly after apparently “identifying issues” with the software.
Telstra now expects the GDR3 update to be submitted for testing in late November, which suggests the software will start to roll out in the middle to end of December.
It is likely we will see a similar roll-out around the world for the software update, which is expected to bring a screen rotation lock and other minor improvements to Windows Phone 8 handsets, and allow Windows Phone to support the latest screen resolutions and processors.
See the page at Telstra here.
Nokia has announced that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is heading to Australia on the 17th September.
The handset will hit carrier Telstra on that date, and will be available from Optus from the 1st October. Both carriers will only carry the Black version.
The handset will also be available unlocked from AUD$899 RRP from the usual sources such as Harvey Norman, who will have Black and Yellow, and Dick Smith and Allphones stores, who will have Black, Yellow and White.
Harvey Normal will also carry the camera grip and charging shell in October.
We regularly get tweeted questions as to when the GDR2 handset will start hitting Windows Phones. Unfortunately most carriers are not very forthcoming about such information, but Australian carriers seem to be a bit more open than most, which makes things a bit easier.
Telstra have posted this handset update schedule, which reveals that the GD2 update for the Nokia Lumia 920 is currently in testing there, and should hit handsets by the 18th August.
It is likely testing is running a similar time line on other carriers, meaning we should see updates starting to roll out for most handsets in August. This is of course barring any issues such as the HTC 8X experienced, which may delay things.
Thanks dhillon for the tip.
Nokia has announced that it is bringing its Nokia Lumia 925 to Australian carriers Telstra and Optus, and also selected retailers in the next few weeks.
The handset will hit Telstra stores from Tuesday, 30 July, and Optus from Thursday, 1 August.
Telstra consumer customers can purchase the Nokia Lumia 925 on a $60 Every Day ConnectTM plan with a $6 handset repayment per month for 24 months, with $600 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1GB of data.
If you can not wait that long the handset will hit selected retailers from the 17th July for $699 outright.
Those retailers include Allphones, Dick Smith, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Network Communications, Fone Zone and Leading Edge.
Nokia Australia’s managing director, Steve Lewis, said interest in the Lumia 925 has been encouraging.
"The Lumia 925 is undoubtedly Nokia’s best smartphone yet and we’re hugely encouraged by the interest in this device from our partners and consumers."
"I believe that Nokia has reinforced its reputation as a major player in smartphone imaging, design and mapping and the Lumia 925 exemplifies the developments Nokia has made in these areas."
The Nokia Lumia 925 is the first Windows Phone to ship with the Nokia Amber update in place, allowing unique features such as tap to wake and an always on clock which so far is not available on any other Windows Phone.
See Telstra’s product video after the break.
Telstra is pretty good at letting us know when their phones are getting updates. In their latest post they note, despite still awaiting firmware, that they expect to certify Windows Phone GDR2 on either the 8th or 15th July, which means this OS update, which brings new features like CalDav and FM Radio support, will likely start hitting handsets by the end of that month.
Of course this timeline is specific to Telstra, but it is likely to be the same around the world, except of course for AT&T, which always tends to move a lot slower.
See the page at Telstra here.
We have seen a few great Windows Phone 8 deals recently, but I think the HTC 8S may take the cake for the cheapest yet.
Telstra is offering the handset on Pay as You Go for only $129 Australian ($125 US). While the handset has the same basic specs as other devices in the price range (512 MB RAM, no front-facing camera, only 4 GB of storage) at this price it is cheap enough to buy for a teen or to keep in the glove box, making those issues much less relevant.
See the deal at Telstra here.
Thanks Brent3000 for the tip.
Australian carrier Telstra has released some information about the near forgotten Windows Phone 7.8 update coming to WP 7.5 handsets.
On their page the company announced that testing of the update has been completed for the Samsung Omnia W and LG c900k, and that the update will be pushed out in around 2 weeks, on the 6th June.
Interestingly the HTC Titan, presumably with the same firmware, had its update retracted and is awaiting new firmware, suggesting Samsung and LG, who likely do not care much, is pushing out the old and buggy update and phones will be worse off after the update.
HTC Titan 4G owners on the other hand it seems will continue to wait a seeming indefinitely for their new firmware to finally be available.
Do our readers agree that the best bet may just be to buy a new handset? Let us know below.
Here’s an interesting titbit courtesy of Telstra customer support.
According to CraigR from the Telstra Products and Services Team the GDR2 update for Windows Phone 8, which is expected to bring a host of minor goodies, including FM Radio support and double tap to activate, is set to go into carrier testing in Mid-May, at least in Australia, which normally means the update will be pushed out around 3 weeks later.
He also mentions that the 1308 update, which caused battery problems, were retracted by Nokia in favour of the 1314 update, which presumably fixes the issue.
Of course it may be that Telstra will be getting the update after everyone else (not an uncommon situation), which may mean we will see the update hit our handsets even sooner.
See the thread on Telstra here.
Thanks Rami for the tip.
WPDownUnder reports that Nokia is unsurprisingly End of Lifing the Nokia C5 Symbian smartphone, which resembles a dumb phone more than a modern smartphone.
Surprisingly however it appears from leaked media that Telstra is suggesting customers who may have opted for the $230 Nokia C5 to switch to a Nokia Lumia 520 instead.
The handset, which is yet to be released, will likely be around the same price as the retiring Nokia C5, but of course has a radically different form factor and user experience.
It would be interesting to see if Windows Phone could pick up customers from such a direct swap, but it is of note than Nokia still sold 2 million Symbian handsets in Q4 2012, indicating that there remains a market there for Windows Phone to go after.
Read more detail at WPDownUnder here.
Some colour variants of the Nokia Lumia 920 are less common than others, with the grey and cyan ones the rarest.
If you have been holding out for the the iconic Cyan Nokia Lumia 920 Telstra has now got you covered, with the handset now available exclusively at their online store.
The handset is available for $65 per month. Read more about the deal here.
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