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12-19-2014 10:40 AM
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  1. jazz70's Avatar
    I thought I would make a new thread to post any official updates from Verizon/Microsoft about any news about the fate of the "retired" Icon

    on Mary Jo Foley's site I came across this:

    Update (7:30 pm ET October 10). Via a Microsoft spokesperson, Verizon provided the following statement, which does not address the retirement issue or the status of the Lumia Icon updates:

    "Icon is in stock and Verizon is actively selling it at retail stores for $99.99 after $50 MIR and 2 year contract."

    ridiculous that this is the only official statement we have of any kind since the "Icon is retired" bomb dropped

    keep an eye on Foley's site and her twitter feed because Foley is usually well informed about any matters to do with Microsoft, also check out Paul Thurrott's site because he is also tapped into all news about MS like Foley
    snowmutt likes this.
    10-11-2014 11:45 AM
  2. NancyAnnL's Avatar
    I guess I lucked out (or not). I ordered my Lumia Icon from VerizonWireless.com last Saturday night, and got it for $49.99. I saved fifty bucks using a coupon code I found through a Google search.
    10-11-2014 12:07 PM
  3. Kasey Pierce's Avatar
    I got my Icon for free! :P
    NancyAnnL likes this.
    10-11-2014 08:12 PM
  4. jenny311's Avatar
    Free is always good! And to think, I thought $99 was the deal of the life time when I got me. I still think it is compared to the price I paid for droids before this.
    snowmutt likes this.
    10-12-2014 02:25 AM
  5. juliosa2's Avatar
    Verizon plans to delay the update icon and to say that the phone does not have stock, to promote the sale of the M8 before arrival to AT & T after.
    Zippier likes this.
    10-12-2014 12:16 PM
  6. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    Verizon plans to delay the update icon and to say that the phone does not have stock, to promote the sale of the M8 before arrival to AT & T after.
    This is my speculation as well. It's pretty unfortunate.

    But this thread is actually more for official responses than speculation.
    10-12-2014 01:16 PM
  7. grafixguy#AC's Avatar
    If that is the case the people running things at VZW are idiots. The marketshare for WP is minuscule enough. Why would they even care which phone someone bought as long it sucked them into a data plan with a contract?
    aximtreo and MikeSo like this.
    10-12-2014 01:43 PM
  8. ptmom's Avatar
    Well, yesterday was the last straw. I spent an hour on the phone with Verizon with a representative that did not know what the icon was, that they carried it at one time and that an update was out there. Spoke to his supervisor and she placed me on hold for a half hour. During that time I drove over to my local Microsoft store [I am so lucky to have them near]. I hung up on Verizon not knowing if I was going to switch carriers or phones or do nothing.

    The associate could not have been nicer. He explained how easy the update was to do and assured me that if my phone blew up, they would help me. So, I left thinking I would attempt the update and if it went south, I would come back and buy a new phone. After watching you tube videos a few times, I took the plunge. For the most part it went relatively easy. After two updates, I have 8.1 on my phone and am having a blast.

    If you decide you want to try to update, just be sure you complete a backup. I also saved my files on my computer.

    Don't look back, just do it!
    NancyAnnL, aximtreo and snowmutt like this.
    10-12-2014 08:28 PM
  9. jenny311's Avatar
    That's awesome, I broke down and had my husband update mine last week. I am enjoying it as well. But it is still missing some of the features only available with the update Verizon is with holding. Did the rep at the MS store mention if the developers preview would continue to offer updates so we can get features only available in cyan and denim. I want to be able to say "Hey Cortana" at some point LOL! But I've also heard that denim will offer more useful features like when snoozing a reminder having more time options etc.
    10-12-2014 09:08 PM
  10. SwimSwim's Avatar
    That's awesome, I broke down and had my husband update mine last week. I am enjoying it as well. But it is still missing some of the features only available with the update Verizon is with holding. Did the rep at the MS store mention if the developers preview would continue to offer updates so we can get features only available in cyan and denim. I want to be able to say "Hey Cortana" at some point LOL! But I've also heard that denim will offer more useful features like when snoozing a reminder having more time options etc.
    Just use Developer Preview for everything. I've been using Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 since August: With improved Snooze time options, Live Folders and all. It is impossible to "miss" an update using Preview for Developers, so assuming one day Verizon see there error of their ways and releases Cyan and/or Denim, you can rest assured that you will receive the update in full. So I'd highly recommend taking the plunge, it's well worth it.
    snowmutt likes this.
    10-13-2014 01:13 AM
  11. NancyAnnL's Avatar
    I got my Icon for free! :P
    Both my husband and I wanted to get it when it was free, but we had to wait for our contracts to be close to renewal, and Verizon would not budge on renewing us 2 weeks early so we could take advantage of the free Icon. (We were told by an associate in the Verizon retail store that it was likely they would let us renew since our contract was up so soon, but they would not). Then the online price went up to $99, then $149, then down to $99- all within less than 2 weeks. When it seemed stabilized at $99, I found a coupon code online for $50 off certain Verizon phones, so we both got it for $49.99. Free is better, but I'm okay with what we paid. I do, however, think the $30 upgrade fee is ridiculous.
    10-13-2014 06:54 AM
  12. merlot2k1's Avatar
    Both my husband and I wanted to get it when it was free, but we had to wait for our contracts to be close to renewal, and Verizon would not budge on renewing us 2 weeks early so we could take advantage of the free Icon. (We were told by an associate in the Verizon retail store that it was likely they would let us renew since our contract was up so soon, but they would not). Then the online price went up to $99, then $149, then down to $99- all within less than 2 weeks. When it seemed stabilized at $99, I found a coupon code online for $50 off certain Verizon phones, so we both got it for $49.99. Free is better, but I'm okay with what we paid. I do, however, think the $30 upgrade fee is ridiculous.
    It just shows it's all about who you talk too. I has just under a month to go on my contract and they let me out early so I could grab the Icon for free. The interesting thing was I could only get the phone free online and not even do the store pickup, because they wanted $150.
    10-13-2014 08:18 AM
  13. dby2011's Avatar
    Never go to the store, call verizon directly and they will most likely let you upgrade early. That has always been my experience
    10-13-2014 08:24 AM
  14. NancyAnnL's Avatar
    We did call Verizon (not the store)- they said, "No". Moot at this point- when Verizon decided to let anyone whose contract was up Nov.15th or earlier upgrade last month, we did.
    10-13-2014 08:46 AM
  15. NancyAnnL's Avatar
    An interesting dialogue raising the possibility that we might have to get the firmware updates directly from Nokia. Cyan update on Lumia Icon since "retirement" - Microsoft Community
    10-13-2014 08:47 AM
  16. tgp's Avatar
    We did call Verizon (not the store)- they said, "No". Moot at this point- when Verizon decided to let anyone whose contract was up Nov.15th or earlier upgrade last month, we did.
    They made this exception for users who wanted the iPhone6/6+ at release. Did it only apply to those upgrading to the iPhone? I assumed that you could upgrade to any phone using that exception, but maybe not.
    10-13-2014 09:09 AM
  17. NancyAnnL's Avatar
    They made this exception for users who wanted the iPhone6/6+ at release. Did it only apply to those upgrading to the iPhone? I assumed that you could upgrade to any phone using that exception, but maybe not.
    I'm not sure to which exception you are referring. We were told in the Verizon corporate store to call VerizonWireless and ask them to let us upgrade early (2 weeks). This was just before they announced (on Sept. 15th) that anyone whose contract was up on or before Nov.15th could upgrade now. VerizonWireless said, "No". Then the Verizon early upgrade announcement came out about a week later, so we both upgraded. Unfortunately, by that time, the Icon was no longer free. But yes, the "official" early upgrade announcement was/is for every Verizon customer- not just iPhone users/buyers. I believe they have a special offer for iPhone buyers that they can trade in their iPhone for an iPhone 6 for free.
    Last edited by NancyAnnL; 10-13-2014 at 05:52 PM.
    10-13-2014 09:41 AM
  18. tgp's Avatar
    anyone whose contract was up on or before Nov.15th could upgrade now.
    I believe this exception is the one Verizon made for the iPhone 6/6+ release. What I do not know is if you had to upgrade to an iPhone to take advantage of it, or if the option was open to upgrading to any device.
    10-13-2014 09:44 AM
  19. NancyAnnL's Avatar
    The early upgrade is for every Verizon customer whose current contract expires on or before Nov.15th. There is no restriction on the upgraded phone because it is a "normal" upgrade offer- they are just letting customers who are near their renewal date upgrade early. My guess is that it is to spread out the anticipated holiday "flood" of purchases. Verizon has a separate offer for iPhone customers; they can trade-in an iPhone iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, or 5S for a free iPhone 6 with a 2-year contract renewal. This article clarifies both offers:
    Verizon offers early upgrades as iPhone 6, 6 Plus loom - CNET
    tgp likes this.
    10-13-2014 04:37 PM
  20. odin09's Avatar
    I missed the Nov 15 early upgrade by a week! Just my luck.
    10-13-2014 04:54 PM
  21. NancyAnnL's Avatar
    I missed the Nov 15 early upgrade by a week! Just my luck.
    Too bad!
    Check before your renewal date though; they (VerizonWireless.com) told us on the phone that you can typically upgrade 9 days before your contract is up. I have no idea why they picked 9 days, but supposedly you can do it at that point instead of waiting until the specific renewal date. That would apply to in-store purchases as well.
    10-13-2014 05:45 PM
  22. ptmom's Avatar
    No I didn't ask the MS rep about Denim. I can only believe that the dp will be released before Verizon :-) so I will just keep updating via that method. The more I think about it, could Verizon be thinking that the Icon was TOO good of a phone that people would stop upgrading? I have owned cell phones since the old "bricks", I usually updated them 6 months early until Verizon took the unlimited plans away. But now I buy them outright to keep the unlimited....I usually get bored with a phone or begin to hate it for some reason after a year. The Icon is the only one that has kept my interest. Maybe because it is so stable, battery life is great and it allows me to change the phone homepage whenever I want.

    There is really no need to look at another phone.
    10-13-2014 09:58 PM
  23. quantum tao's Avatar
    I usually get bored with a phone or begin to hate it for some reason after a year. The Icon is the only one that has kept my interest.
    the year is not up, you still have time to get bored.
    MikeSo likes this.
    10-14-2014 08:22 AM
  24. jazz70's Avatar
    I tried to stick with WP 8.0 as long as I could hoping a update would drop in these 3+ months so I am in the process of updating to DP now, no reason to wait for Verizon anymore for an update they may or may not ever release imho

    I am thinking if the Nov 7th rumor of the M8 coming to At&t is true the exclusivity contract with Verizon should run out and maybe there will be some movement on the update for the Icon around then, if there is no update around then and we continue to get the wall of silence from Big Red about anything to do with the Icon we may be sol for any kind of update from Verizon
    10-14-2014 09:58 AM
  25. tagoofy's Avatar
    Ok, first post but have been lurking for a while...

    Just heard from a person within our rather large company that Verizon's "current date" for WP updates is "mid-November". Person works in our IT and this info came from a source they work with in Verizon. Our IT person was told this just this morning. Don't have any other details (v8.1? V8.1.1? All phones? Some phones? ... I don't know).

    Just passing on what I heard, third hand from a possibly reliable source, so take it for what it cost you.

    Here is hoping...
    "Hey Cortana!"
    10-15-2014 11:29 AM
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