Updating your Windows Phone 8.1 over a cellular data connection may leave your phone bill unscathed

Updating your Windows Phone 8.1 over a cellular data connection may leave your phone bill unscathed
Updating the OS on one's phone while on the go has always been a no-no. With systems getting more and more complex, patches have started to weigh in at close to, if not more than, 100 MB per download. Now, this is all fine and dandy for users with unlimited data plans, but truth is – a lot of people have a cap on their 'net allowance, especially the budget-oriented consumers.

Now, Microsoft, who has recently aimed its efforts towards the entry-level and mid-tier crowds, with handsets like the Lumia 530, the selfie-centered 730/735, and even the “affordable flagship” - Lumia 830, will seemingly try to negotiate with carriers to allow users to download Windows Phone OS updates via their data connection charge-free. The latest patch for the Windows Phone GDR 1 update (currently only available as dev preview) has a note in the OEM documentation, with instructions for mobile operators on how to enable zero-rating for Windows Updates (zero-rating meaning that whatever megabytes you download from Microsoft's servers, housing the update, will not count towards your mobile bill). The size limit for a free download is set to 100 MB by default, but Microsoft says that operators can set it to whatever number they desire.

Here is the quote from the OEM documentation:

source: Microsoft(1, 2) via WMPoweruser



1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I had to put wifi hotspot/tether(internet sharing) on another phone to update my Lumia 520 to WP 8.1 cyan. I don't have WiFi in my home but has unlimited data on cellular network. I hope they allow an option to update phone through cellular network.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

pfffft first the carriers have to release the update first before we start talking about how it can be downloaded. thank goodness for the preview

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Nice, do Google or Apple allow users to download OS updates via their data connection charge-free ?. Every company should do this if its not the case. It should be mandotary. Give consumers a break financially.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow, this is good MS.

5. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Smart idea... but I agree with tigermcm.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

will some ask "Verizon" when they will update their Windows 8 smart phones to Windows 8.1 and I hope they do it for free. It seems AT & T threat they Windows phone 8 customers better

7. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

I have unlimited internet connection 3G on my phone from RCS&RDS Romania . I did full update with internet sharing from my lumia 930 to help my mother to get full update via internet sharing because that update dont allow 3G connection .. so the device with internet sharing did the update because he think there is WI-FI connection :) .

8. retronig

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Hey that looks like Nala cat!!!!

9. techie_cat

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I came here for nala cat

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