Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Oct 2013 13:31 UTC

The roll-out of the previous update - GDR2 - isn't even complete (thank you, carriers), and Microsoft is already pushing out the next one, GDR3. This update for Windows Phone 8 is the last one before 8.1 comes out next year, and brings with it a number of small improvements, such a close button in the multitasking view, a driving mode, support for newer hardware and 1080p displays, a rotation lock, and more.

There's no telling as of yet when Windows Phone 8 users will be getting the update, but non-branded phones will most likely get it first. On top of that, if you're a Windows Phone developer, you can get the update straight away.

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RE[6]: Why the delays?
by moondevil on Tue 15th Oct 2013 07:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Why the delays?"
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In Portugal it was pre-paid from day one for normal customers, when the mobiles got cheap enough to be bough by normal people.

So the market evolved in such a way that only business had contracts, while normal users had pre-paid. They were either free if payed full price, or sim-locked for one/two years with some part of charges used to pay for the mobile.

Nowadays carriers try to shove contracts down people throats, with tricks like pre-paids which are actually contracts that you can quit anytime, but not many people adopt them.

As for buying mobiles goes, since almost all Portuguese now tend to have multiple mobiles, the prices of mobiles carrier free vs carrier locked are about the same, as carriers stopped subsidizing them.

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