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

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[4]: Why the delays?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 14th Oct 2013 16:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why the delays?"
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

That's lame. I'm not really upset that Apple gets that privilege, just that its not available to others.

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RE[5]: Why the delays?
by darknexus on Mon 14th Oct 2013 19:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Why the delays?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

That's lame. I'm not really upset that Apple gets that privilege, just that its not available to others.

No reason it couldn't be, but the way the mobile handset market is handled right now is flawed. To fix this, carriers need to be reduced to the dumb data pipes they truly are and all phone subsidies/rentals would need to end.

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RE[6]: Why the delays?
by mkone on Mon 14th Oct 2013 21:52 in reply to "RE[5]: Why the delays?"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

"That's lame. I'm not really upset that Apple gets that privilege, just that its not available to others.

No reason it couldn't be, but the way the mobile handset market is handled right now is flawed. To fix this, carriers need to be reduced to the dumb data pipes they truly are and all phone subsidies/rentals would need to end.
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Here in the UK, you now get contracts like the O2 refresh, which basically sells the phone to you for the list price, but allows you to pay for it over a period of time interest free. Of course, you would then have to sign up to a contract of the appropriate length.

The market is already moving that way.

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RE[6]: Why the delays?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 14th Oct 2013 22:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Why the delays?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I understand some of the necessary testing to ensure that the device doesn't screw up their networks, but I would assume that the FTC in the US does most of this. What ever is left for them to actually do, I'd prefer it to be automated and standardized. So with a new version of software, it could be given to a central authority that would just put it in their test lab, press a button and get a report. Done. Over the air to all.

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RE[6]: Why the delays?
by moondevil on Tue 15th Oct 2013 07:00 in reply to "RE[5]: Why the delays?"
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2005-07-08

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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