1. WPhoney's Avatar
    Which carriers have the best track record at keeping their devices updated (even if it takes them a couple months to push the updates)?
    08-04-2013 01:06 AM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Are you considering changing carrier?

    What carriers are you comparing?

    What country are you in?
    08-04-2013 01:10 AM
  3. WPhoney's Avatar
    US. Not changing. It will be my first mobile phone.

    I'm torn between the 521/810 (T-Mobile), 520/820 (AT&T) and the HTC 8XT (Sprint). I don't wanna miss GDR2 and 3. I wonder if there's a carrier that is more likely to push the GDR2 and 3!
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    08-04-2013 01:29 AM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    T-Mobile already EOL'd the 810, so the status of updates is unknown. http://forums.windowscentral.com/nok...e-updates.html

    Sprint is just getting back in the Windows Phone market after a long absence.
    08-04-2013 01:34 AM
  5. palandri's Avatar
    If updates are your main concern, an unbranded/unlocked model will normally get all updates, like the phone I mention to you in this thread: http://forums.windowscentral.com/nok...ml#post2066041
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    08-04-2013 01:47 AM
  6. WPhoney's Avatar
    So you believe AT&T and Verizon are more likely to keep updating the devices?

    Let's say I fully pay for a phone from AT&T without a contract, then unlock it and take the device to T-Mobile (or some AT&T MVNO like StraightTalk, Net10, PureTalk, etc). Then, after a few months, news comes out that AT&T is pushing a new GDR to that particular model of phone I bought from them a few months before. Would I receive said GDR if I go back to AT&T for a month on a prepaid plan??

    Reason why I ask is that I don't want to miss the GDRs, but I don't like AT&T Data Plans.
    Last edited by WPhoney; 08-04-2013 at 02:18 AM.
    08-04-2013 01:49 AM
  7. rdubmu's Avatar
    You should get the update. At the same time, my Titan 2 still hasn't gotten 7.8

    Sent from my RM-820_nam_att_100 using Tapatalk
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    08-04-2013 01:57 AM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    You should get the update. At the same time, my Titan 2 still hasn't gotten 7.8

    Sent from my RM-820_nam_att_100 using Tapatalk
    I think that's more due to HTC than AT&T.

    I got the 7.8 update for my 900 on AT&T. However, I believe Nokia is better with updates than HTC.
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    08-04-2013 01:59 AM
  9. WPhoney's Avatar
    If updates are your main concern, an unbranded/unlocked model will normally get all updates,
    Does that apply to unlocked Sprint phones too?

    I like the price of the 520/521, but I'm a bit concerned about the RAM. I need SD support too. I know I'll have to compromise somewhere (specs, updates, phone's price, carrier, plans....), but I'm not sure which compromise I'll make. I like the 8XT, but it seems that Nokia is the de facto WP8 manufacturer.
    08-04-2013 02:00 AM
  10. palandri's Avatar
    You should get the update. At the same time, my Titan 2 still hasn't gotten 7.8

    Sent from my RM-820_nam_att_100 using Tapatalk
    ..and my unbranded/unlocked HTC 7 Trophy got the 7.8 update when it came out.
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    08-04-2013 02:01 AM
  11. palandri's Avatar
    Does that apply to unlocked Sprint phones too?

    I like the price of the 520/521, but I'm a bit concerned about the RAM. I need SD support too. I know I'll have to compromise somewhere (specs, updates, phone's price, carrier, plans....), but I'm not sure which compromise I'll make. I like the 8XT, but it seems that Nokia is the de facto WP8 manufacturer.
    No, Sprint phones are locked CDMA phones.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-04-2013 02:02 AM
  12. enthuz's Avatar
    US. Not changing. It will be my first mobile phone.

    I'm torn between the 521/810 (T-Mobile), 520/820 (AT&T) and the HTC 8XT (Sprint). I don't wanna miss GDR2 and 3. I wonder if there's a carrier that is more likely to push the GDR2 and 3!
    The 8XT comes with GDR2.

    Sent from my PG86100 using WPCentral Forums mobile app
    palandri and Laura Knotek like this.
    08-04-2013 02:11 AM
  13. xandros9's Avatar
    No carrier is the best carrier (unlocked)
    HeyCori likes this.
    08-04-2013 11:27 AM
  14. KeegdnaB42's Avatar
    As frustrating as they can be at times, I've found Verizon ultimately tends to come through as far as updates. As long as I had my trophy there was always a little delay but they still seemed ahead of what I heard about on at&t. Since then my 8X (which is now my mom's since I got a 928 last week) got portico not *too* long after it was released and has gotten it's share of firmware patches since then. Same with my dad's 822. Supposedly they're going to be rolling out GDR2 this week so we'll see what happens with that since they're also supposed to finally be fixing group messaging with it.
    08-04-2013 03:57 PM
  15. rdubmu's Avatar
    The Lumia 710 never got 7.8 and never will.
    08-04-2013 10:35 PM
  16. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The Lumia 710 never got 7.8 and never will.
    That seems to be the pattern with T-Mobile. So far they're repeating the same thing with the 810.
    08-04-2013 11:04 PM
  17. pankaj981's Avatar
    Get a phone that's globally available as far as getting updates are concerned and definitely get a Nokia..not coz I am a Nokia fan or something but since you own a global model, you can always flash an updated firmware from some other carrier or even an unbranded version if your carrier wishes to skip updates (in case of the 810) and at this moment AT&T looks like your best bet since it carries Global models...
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    08-04-2013 11:33 PM
  18. rdubmu's Avatar
    That seems to be the pattern with T-Mobile. So far they're repeating the same thing with the 810.
    I believe the international 710 won't get 7.8 either
    08-05-2013 08:30 AM
  19. toddro6's Avatar
    As frustrating as they can be at times, I've found Verizon ultimately tends to come through as far as updates. As long as I had my trophy there was always a little delay but they still seemed ahead of what I heard about on at&t. Since then my 8X (which is now my mom's since I got a 928 last week) got portico not *too* long after it was released and has gotten it's share of firmware patches since then. Same with my dad's 822. Supposedly they're going to be rolling out GDR2 this week so we'll see what happens with that since they're also supposed to finally be fixing group messaging with it.
    don't get my hopes up, man. They have already been crushed numerous times. I was on the phone with them all day Friday trying to figure out what I wasn't receiving picture texts and I asked about the update and got no info out of them on when it was coming out for Verizon. Frustrating, indeed.
    08-05-2013 10:03 AM
  20. inteller's Avatar
    there are no good carriers for updates. You should only buy unlocked unbranded phones if getting the updates on time is important to you.
    08-05-2013 11:02 AM
  21. inteller's Avatar
    If updates are your main concern, an unbranded/unlocked model will normally get all updates, like the phone I mention to you in this thread: http://forums.windowscentral.com/nok...ml#post2066041

    That phone is neither unlocked or unbranded and you will be at the mercy of ATT for updates.
    08-05-2013 11:03 AM
  22. pankaj981's Avatar
    That phone is neither unlocked or unbranded and you will be at the mercy of ATT for updates.
    You can always flash an unbranded or updated rom from another carrier, that's what i meant
    08-05-2013 11:05 AM
  23. WPhoney's Avatar
    You should only buy unlocked unbranded phones if getting the updates on time is important to you.
    Why is that so? I mean, why would a carrier push an update to an unbranded/unlocked phone on its network?

    And what happens if the unbranded/unlocked phone is on an MVNO like Net10, StraightTalk, LycaMobile, etc? Would the MVNOs also be more likely to push an updates to that type of phone?

    Just trying to understand the singularities of the system....
    08-05-2013 11:37 AM
  24. HeyCori's Avatar
    There are no good carriers for updates. Your best bet is to buy an unbranded (not just unlocked) device. Your other option is to buy a flagship phone from a manufacturer that has a reputation for updating their devices (e.g. Nokia).
    08-05-2013 11:56 AM

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