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T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 710 Will Not Receive Windows Phone 7.8

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I am really angry about this.

trsprague

Feb 7, 2013, 5:14 PM
I have been waiting for a long time, and now this??? I really like T-Mobile, but this is ridiculous. Can't it follow suit with others who are allowing the 7.8 update?

Does anyone know how I could do it manually? I am not into "flashing" my phone, or turning it into a brick. I am pretty technical, but don't want to risk ruining my phone. Is there a way to force it to update through Zune or some other tool?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I love the phone itself.

Thank you!

Terry
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tzsm98

Feb 8, 2013, 2:40 PM
Google 7.8 manual update. xda has links and instructions.

This leaves me two devices in a row where T-Mobile has determined to end of life my device before the manufacturer did. My Nokia Astound was not updated to Nokia Belle when every other C7 variant on the planet was. It will take, perhaps, one more of these customerr service fails for me to jump ship. I love Nokia hardware but really dislike T-Mobile's lackluster support for it. The last Nokia device they supported well was the 6301.
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trsprague

Feb 8, 2013, 7:11 PM
I couldn't agree with you more about Nokia. I hope it makes a resurgence. I even like the familiar alerts that I used to hear when I had a Nokia phone years ago. It's funny you mention the manual update, because I have been apprehensive about trying it out of fear of bricking my phone. But there are some really good instructions out there and it worked like a charm. It's really like upgrading anything else. SO, my phone has new life. I really love it and will probably upgrade at some point to the higher end Nokia, but this is a good interim step to get more mileage out of a perfectly capable phone.

Here is the link I found. It is amazing how happy it makes you feel when you are able to resize your tiles! LOL.

http://www.reddit.com/r/wi »...
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srich27

Feb 11, 2013, 9:32 AM
Does that work for US T-Mobile 710s? The first comment in your link says it only works if the carrier has the update stored on their network somewhere for Zune to pull from. It doens't sound like T-Mobile will have the update anywhere to be found though :\

The only reliable way I've heard to get the upgrade is to manually flash the .cab files, which I'm a little more hesitant to do than I am with flashing Android ROMs. Mostly because the guide I read stressed that it was DIRE that you had to update ALL the language packs as well, that the language packs HAD to be for your specific phone model, and that it only worked if there were exactly 22 Language packs. The place I was getting files from had 24 packs for my phone, so I decided to ...
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trsprague

Feb 11, 2013, 4:12 PM
Hi there. If you go to the link in my previous message, and click the "seveneighter.zip" link, the instructions are really clear. Believe me, I have been scared to death to try anything like this, but the instructions were very straightforward. Within ten minutes, my Lumia 710 was updated, no problems whatsoever.

I love re-sizing tiles. You'd think that would be a minor feature, but it totally makes better use of the home screen and allows you a lot more flexibility. It's just like having a Windows 8 phone.

So, it does say that do it at your own risk, but I decided to take the plunge (normally I wouldn't) and I am so happy I did!

I really like T-Mobile, but I am sure it was a conscious decision to try and sell more Windows 8 phones...
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srich27

Feb 11, 2013, 4:19 PM
Thanks! I'll give that a try tonight or tomorrow (depending on other things). Honestly, the new homescreen is the thing I want most from the update. The "small" tile in 7.5 is fine for things with Live info, but takes up WAY too much space for simple things like a calculator, new OneNote, etc. Scrolling through a 2-wide vertical column 25-30 apps long is NO FUN. I imagine the new size and better use of the right side of the screen will make a nice compact home that retains all the useful at-a-glance nature of WP.

Here's hoping!!
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srich27

Feb 13, 2013, 11:31 AM
Just wanted to let you know that I followed your instructions last night and was quite successful in updating my 710 to 7.8. Seems like a new homescreen shouldn't be so exciting, but I find I really do like the new version better.

If WP8 fixes the app availability issue, I very well may have to upgrade to a newer Lumia for my next phone. Unless Samsung does something amazing that triggers my tech lust, anyway XD

Thanks again for your help!
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trsprague

Feb 24, 2013, 3:16 PM
I really couldn't believe how easy it was. Again, I was very fearful about turning my phone into a "brick," but then I said what the heck, I'll give it a try.

I know...a home screen shouldn't make that much difference, but it is really nice to have more space to organize tiles. I LOVE IT. It's breathed new life into my phone.

I love the phone otherwise too. It's a workhorse. I rarely reboot it...something I seemed to be doing all the time with my previous Androids. And the battery lasts all day.

And I have all the apps I need. If I should want an Android one, I have a tablet anyway and will just do it from there.

Glad it worked for you!
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Advancedtechfl

Feb 9, 2013, 3:50 PM
That's too bad... I've had 7.8 for about 3 months.
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