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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Carriers & Updates
by Jbso on Mon 14th Oct 2013 18:53 UTC
Jbso
Member since:
2013-01-05

Why don't folks who are always complaining about updates put their money where their mouth is and start buying unlocked phones? Subsidies are nice, but you can't expect carriers to offer that and not want anything in return. Decide what's more important to you.

Edited 2013-10-14 18:54 UTC

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RE: Carriers & Updates
by Nelson on Mon 14th Oct 2013 19:01 in reply to "Carriers & Updates"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Unfortunately for Windows Phone, unlocked phones still must wait for regional roll outs. Its less terrible, but still bad.

This is a way better solution.

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RE: Carriers & Updates
by darknexus on Mon 14th Oct 2013 20:04 in reply to "Carriers & Updates"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Why don't folks who are always complaining about updates put their money where their mouth is and start buying unlocked phones?

Well, I already do, and I agree. If updates are important to you, and you don't want an iPhone, you damn well should buy your phone unlocked and without carrier influence. Too bad this isn't always easy to do, and I'm not referring to cost. If you're on a US CDMA network (Verizon or Sprint) it's damn hard to directly purchase an unlocked CDMA device without importing it (unless you want an iPhone, then you can just buy it straight from Apple). You can, and the carrier will activate it for you (our CDMA uses non-removeable sim cards) but you'll jump through some hoops to get it. GSM is, of course, simple though you should make sure to get an all-band phone if you can as our GSM providers (AT&T and T-Mobile) differ slightly in the used frequencies for HSDPA.
I have put my money where my mouth is, and will continue to do just that.

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