Update News: Thunderbolt ICS Now Arriving, T-Mobile Confirms No Lumia 710 WP7.8

We’ve got a few updates on phone updates (no pun intended) which we’ve already talked to you about before, concerning the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon and the lack of Windows Phone 7.8 for Nokia’s Lumia 710 on T-Mobile.

Right at the end of January, we got a big surprise when we saw that Verizon had posted documents on its HTC Thunderbolt support page indicating that the phone’s Android 4.0.4 update was finally going to arrive. The update was supposed to come to the phone last summer, and after going absent for so long, we had really started to lose hope that it ever would show up.

The Thunderbolt originally shipped with Froyo, and though we subsequently saw it get Gingerbread, the question of whether or not it would see ICS lingered for months. Now, we can confirm that those support docs weren’t just another tease, and users are currently able to install the update.

Just after we first got that Thunderbolt news, we heard that T-Mobile wouldn’t be providing an official path to Windows Phone 7.8 for its Nokia Lumia 710 owners. That news came sort of second-hand through Nokia, but today the carrier itself confirmed the situation on its support forums.

T-Mobile gives no real reason for not coming through with the update, with a rep only saying, “at this time, the Nokia Lumia 710 will not receive the 7.8 software update. We will share additional information on updates for the Nokia Lumia 710 when they are available.” That might leave the door open for its distribution in the future, but we can’t imagine why it would even pass on the update in the first place. Users who really want it might be better off taking matters into their own hands.

Source: T-Mobile, Verizon
Via: TmoNews

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