at&t WP7 Owners Likely To Start Receiving Updates 4/19

WindowsPhoneLogoI have received this bit of information from multiple sources, the dates and the content match, so I would have to categorize it as "likely to be true". I have received this information from an at&t employee and also, Microsoft has updated today (but dated it with yesterday’s date) the Where’s my phone update? page [HERE].

Officially, two of the three Windows Phones sold by at&t have changed status from "testing" to "scheduling". This means that in the next 1-10 days the update will begin popping up on users’ phones. The phones that have passed testing are the LG Quantum and the Samsung Focus. The HTC Surround still requires more testing because of a package that is unique to the HTC Surround still needs to be fully tested.

attlogoThe updates for these phones will include the February Update (a.k.a. Pre-Update) and the March Update (a.k.a. NoDo, Copy & Paste). Additionally, because these phones are provided by at&t, they will include an two extra features.

The first one called "WISPr" which is a protocol that will make your phone switch from 3G to an at&t hotspot WiFi connection whenever within range of one. This is a great idea, but the jury is still out on whether the execution of it is something worth using.

The second one is the ability to sync your contacts from your Windows Phone into your at&t address book. The excuse is that your address book will be able to sync into at&t’s cloud so you never lose that information… oh,wait! Wasn’t that what your Live account does already? And your work account too? Why on earth would you ever want to do that? Well, some have said that if you ever want to change mobile platforms you should have a similar app on your other at&t offerings… but this will not help you if you want to leave at&t. Nice.

We are finally going to get our update… now to Microsoft, the manufacturers and the carriers let’s put this experience in the past and start working on not repeating this disappointment to your customers ever again.ILoveWindowsPhone

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Editor in Chief/Founder Diego Samuilov is an executive, consultant, IT strategist and book, e-book and web published author. Diego has worked in Microsoft’s environments since 1990. Since then, he has successfully filled many positions related to the Software Development lifecycle. Having worked as a developer, analyst, technical lead, project lead, auditor and, since 1996 a project manager, manager, director and VP in the Software Development, Server, Desktop and Mobile environments. Diego is very passionate about the software development process, which has played a great part in his skills development. Since the introduction of the first ever PDA (the Apple Newton MessagePad) in 1994 and Windows CE in 1998 he has pioneered and pushed the envelope in the field of mobile software development. He has developed many solutions used in mobile markets, desktop and server environments. He participates in public and private developer community events. He actively collaborates with the community at support forums and blogs. Diego is the author of "Windows Phone for Everyone" available [HERE].