Bad news is no way to start off a new year but there’s unfortunately not much that can be done against this decision. Those who were relying on Navifirm to get early access to updates, ROMs and/or firmwares will definitely be sad or angry to read the following statement reportedly issued by Nokia.
IMPORTANT NEWS FROM NOKIA BULLETIN 12-21-2012:
Nokia will close open connection to Nokia Firmware Repository during January 2013 and implement access control.
Ater this, login to Nokia Online is required to access Nokia Firmware Repository.
During transition phase (December 2012-January 2013) both open and restricted channels are open, but the open channel will be closed at the end of January 2013
After this, application updates and device software downloading are possible only by using the latest service software releases with NOL login supported.
Most of the first looks and early reviews of software updates, as well as news on upcoming refreshes, came from or in relation with Navifirm. There are no details at the moment concerning the type of account needed or the reason behind such restrictions but it looks like starting end of next month many of us will have to wait for the refreshes to land the official way.