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No Windows Phone 7.8 for T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 710

No Windows Phone 7.8 for T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 710
Recently, there has been some speculation that the Nokia Lumia 710 would not be getting the Windows Phone 7.8 update, and that was confirmed with a brief statement that T-Mobile gave to TmoNews. Some might shrug their shoulders and say "who cares?" while others will be looking through the contacts list on their Nokia Lumia 710 for the name of their attorney. We can't blame the latter group. After being told for months and months that you would be receiving an update and then backing away from it at the last second, just when all of the other models are receiving it, just doesn't seem fair. And the statement from the carrier failed to explain why the device could not be updated.

Nokia Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710

Probably the most lamented feature that now won't show up on the Nokia Lumia 710 is the resizeable Live Tiles. This feature, along with the Bing Wallpaper picture of the day and the twenty new themes for the phone, were all lifted from Windows Phone 8. Microsoft basically came up with Windows Phone 7.8 as a way to appease those who had an earlier Windows Phone model. None of the Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 7.5 flavored handsets could be updated to Windows Phone 8 because of hardware limitations. Windows Phone 8 supports larger sized screens and dual-core processors. And while anyone could buy a Windows Phone 8 device, those with a Nokia Lumia 710 are still locked into their two year contract and won't qualify for a subsidized phone for some time.

While the Windows Phone 7.8 update wouldn't have turned a Nokia Lumia 710 into a high-end model, it might have made the phone seem a little fresher and more fun. Will T-Mobile or Nokia throw owners of the Nokia Lumia 710 a small bone for their suffering? We will have to wait and see.

At this time, the Nokia Lumia 710 will not receive the software update. T-Mobile is committed to enhancing customers’ experience with our devices, including providing upgrades to the latest operating systems, and T-Mobile aims to deliver software upgrades when it will provide a better experience for our customers. We’ll share additional information on upgrades for the Nokia Lumia 710 when they are available.

source: TmoNews

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posted on 06 Feb 2013, 02:08 9

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Another job well done tmo :)

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 02:17 7

2. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Great job tmo . First you don't allow Nokia astound to receive update for symbian 3 to symbina belle .
Now you don't allow lumia 710 to get updated to wp7.8 .
I salute you

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 02:40 1

3. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


hungarian T-Mo 710s are receiving the update. is this US specific news?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 05:53 5

4. Deaconclgi (Posts: 274; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


T-Mobile always cripples their Nokia devices in some way by blocking updates or removing parts of the firmware!!!! Even with the 5230 Nuron, T-Mobile decided to remove the customizable home screen! Yes, NO home screen widgets for the Nuron while other regions had te 5230 with a vastly superior user interface with music widgets, large scrollable contact widgets and other advanced features. T-mobile went out of their way to make the Nuron appear to be a dumb phone. The Nuron didn't even have kinetic scrolling while the regular 5230 did.

As the other poster said, same trend continued with the Astound while the C7 moved on to much greater and better UIs, operating systems and experiences, Tmobile told users to suck it.

Now the 710 too....makes me wonder about how they will treat the 810....

Is there someone with an "I hate Nokia" diploma on their office wall at T-Mo corporate making the dumb decisions?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 17:14 1

10. hepresearch (unregistered)


AT&T did the same thing with the Nokia N75... they removed S60's traditional Active Standby feature, and replaced it with this abomination called "TabTop", which most Symbian fans truly hated with a passion. It did just that... it turned a perfectly useful and great Symbian phone into a feature-phone look-alike with some unusual music and camera skills. When you're willing to throw the Vanilla ROM on it just to get rid of "TabTop", I think that's sayin' something...

My friend who got rid of his Lumia 710 and got an iPhone instead, last year, would probably be happy to know that he made the 'right choice'... he would have hated what T-Mo is doing by denying WP7.8 to that device.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 07:33 1

5. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Ok, so this is all the wp7 phones not getting the update.
Now lets list all the android phones not geting 4.2, 4,1 or even 4.0 lol

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 18:13 1

11. ZeroCide (Posts: 692; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


This is a totaly different scenerio. Usually the phones not getting an android update are due to manufacturer not building an upgrade for the device. Nokia has gone out and build an update for the device only to be stopped by the carrier. Totally different than not getting an android update.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 08:47

6. Zahidasad (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)


Wow.. What a mess.. Well what about unlocked 710's? T-mobile sets that are being unlocked and used with other networks.. Whats their fate??

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:39

7. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


T-mo is starting to piss me off with their lack of support for their phones. That said, if I can convert my Dell Venue Pro to 7.8, then i am sure the guys at XDA-Developers have the CAB files to update it.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 15:46 1

8. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


XDA 9 times out of 10 will have a solution to your phone(and other) woes

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:52

13. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Yep.. they did for the Dell Venue Pro.. and the 710 is similar enough to the other early Nokia sets I am sure the Force CAB method will work on them too :)

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 16:26 3

9. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)


I updated my 710 Monday night. I used a tool called seveneighter.

I actually got the phone new on Saturday. When I heard it would not be updated, I was prepared to return it. Then I found this easy solution. Works perfectly.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 00:15

12. jsdechavez (Posts: 706; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Good job, mate.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 14:46

15. nnorton44 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


Thanks for the info, I thought my 710 was out of luck. Seven-Eighter updated it perfectly!

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 10:54

14. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


I don't understand why T-mo is doing this to a phone they are currently selling.. not supporting the Dell Venue Pro.. get that one (Begrudgingly) but the 710..? The HTC Radar got 7.8 I believe, but not the Nokia..? I can not understand why..

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