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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Current State of Windows Phone 7.8 Updates

Well, if you Windows Phone users haven't gotten the news yet, Microsoft has released the Windows Phone 7.8 update for all Windows Phone 7.x phones. As of now, all unlocked phones can get the update. If you have a carrier-locked phone, you are basically at the mercy of the cell carrier for updates.

I am not sure about the state of updates for phones on the Verizon and Sprint networks (maybe someone on those networks can fill me in on the current situation). I have AT&T as my cell carrier. AT&T has a colorful past as far as Windows Phone updates go. For all updates through Mango, things went smoothly. Once build 7720 came out, AT&T only released updates for phones that came with Windows Phone 7.5, leaving all phones that came with Windows Phone 7.0 out in the cold. However, I have good news. AT&T IS going to release the Windows Phone 7.8 update to ALL AT&T phones running Windows Phone. The current status of the update is: "Testing". Once AT&T is done with "testing", it will be released to everyone (via the usual Zune method). According to people in AT&T's support department, the update should be out before February is over. For now, all we can do is to be patient.

T-Mobile is a different story. T-Mobile has said outright that it will not release the Windows Phone 7.8 update to its phones running any version of Windows Phone. Personally, I think this is a slap in the face to ALL T-Mobile customers with WP7.x phones. Customers bought WP7.x phones with the expectations of support and updates. Now, I do realize that there comes a time when support for a device stops, but this is too soon for that.

If you have been scouring the internet looking for update help for carrier-locked phones, you might have heard about a utility called Seven-Eighter that downloads the updates and forces them onto the phone. I say use it at your own risk. I have seen threads in various forums all over the internet with people asking for help because they used Seven-Eighter to update their phone and now something doesn't work. If you are not technically minded (or like stability), I recommended that you wait until the carrier releases the updates. I will also add that this has the possibility of voiding your phone's warranty as well, so please be cautious.

My main phone is an LG Quantum. For quantum users (on AT&T), some people on the internet have proposed using the registry editor in the MFG app to change the MobileOperator string from "ATT-US" to "BEL-CA" (stands for Bell Mobile, a Canadian carrier). I say that this is not a good idea. When you do that, you don't have an AT&T LG have a Bell Mobile LG Quantum instead. This can cause complications for any normal usage (and maybe updates as well). Your warranty can be voided this way as well.

Right now, the only safe way to update is to wait for the carrier to release the updates. If you are very impatient, you can try alternate methods to force the update(s), but be forewarned that things might not work as they should. I invite you to share your thoughts and/or update experiences via the comment box below.

While you're waiting for the new updates to come your way, why not drink some delicious Mystic Monk Coffee? Mystic Monk Coffee (use this link or click on the picture below to access the store and purchase) is what you really need when it comes to coffee. Trust me, it's good coffee (in most instances, much better than Starbucks coffee) and you won't regret buying some (just keep it away from your computer keyboard or laptop/tablet). If you like tea more than coffee, they also offer tea. Using the link (or picture below) to buy the coffee (or tea) helps the monks out and helps me with college expenses as well. The coffee (or tea) also makes for great gifts for friends and family as well.

For my existing Windows Phone apps, the update for both the paid version and the free version of Mobile Media Manger is out. The update for BSA Eagle Tracker is now in the works. If you want to get my apps now (while waiting), please use the following links:

BSA Eagle Tracker download:
Mobile Media Manager (paid version) download:
Mobile Media Manager (free version) download: