AT&T NoDo update to include WISPr protocol and AT&T address book

The NoDo update for WP7 brings a few new features to the table, but if you are on AT&T, it will bring more than the standard updates that most end users have already received or are in the process of receiving. In the AT&T version of NoDo, which may explain the extra time in the testing phase, end users will also be blessed with the WISPr protocol and support for AT&T address book.

This bit of information comes from the Windows Phone blog that talks about the latest update for AT&T WP7 users. For those with the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus, your NoDo update is expected to be delivered on April 19. But for HTC Surround users, your update will be arriving a bit later. While the extra wait time is unfortunate, you will be getting a small bonus of features included in the update. The Windows Phone blog states:

The update we’ll be shipping to AT&T customers also includes support for two special AT&T features. The first is “WISPr” protocol support, which makes it possible for your phone’s data connection to automatically switch over to AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots when in range. The update also includes support for AT&T Address Book.

If you have been waiting for these features, the delay may feel a little less sour, that is unless your an HTC Surround user. But, the update is coming on April 19 according to the latest reports and those using the Quantum or Focus will finally be able to join the copy & paste party. 

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Updating Samsung focus now! you have to check for updates twice the first one is the Feb update then you get the March update!

Please don't forget about this part, from http://www.microsoft.com/windo...es/update-schedule-usa.aspx :

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Stage 3: Delivering update
Microsoft has started to send out the update. Because updates are typically delivered to customers in batches, it might take several weeks before you receive notice that an update is available for you.
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.... so, even though I have an AT&T Samsung Focus, I personally am not expecting to receive the update on 4/19/2011. It could take "several weeks", so I expect to see it no later than 6/19/2011.

Now I'm really glad I sold my Focus, I don't need ATT trying to push more garbage with every update. Nice job letting carriers mess with the update process MS, you deserve the low sales WP7 is getting for not knowing who your customers really are (hint: not the carriers).

bob_c_b said,
Now I'm really glad I sold my Focus, I don't need ATT trying to push more garbage with every update. Nice job letting carriers mess with the update process MS, you deserve the low sales WP7 is getting for not knowing who your customers really are (hint: not the carriers).

AT&T must be way better in updating Android phones.

day2die said,

AT&T must be way better in updating Android phones.

Where did he say anything about Android being good, all the Android fanboys are busy flaming iOS because it's actually competition, all the people ragging on Windows Phone 7 are the ones who actually have devices but aren't such pro MS zealots that they can't blindly promote something with this many flaws.

day2die said,

AT&T must be way better in updating Android phones.

Why would you try to defend what MS has done here? MS has enough muscle they should have negotiated the same or better terms than Apple did for the iPhone, but instead they gave the carriers more rights than their actual customers.

day2die said,

AT&T must be way better in updating Android phones.

Why would you try to defend what MS has done here? MS has enough muscle they should have negotiated the same or better terms than Apple did for the iPhone, but instead they gave the carriers more rights than their actual customers.

What does WISPr do other than (I'm assuming) skipping the terms of service page? My phone automatically connects to most Bell hotspots around here, I just have to check a box and press a button to agree to their ToS...

Simon said,
What does WISPr do other than (I'm assuming) skipping the terms of service page? My phone automatically connects to most Bell hotspots around here, I just have to check a box and press a button to agree to their ToS...

"Wireless Internet Service Provider roaming" It authenticates with 802.1X it's basically a draft wifi roaming standard atm.

Rather then 802.11 whatever with WPA/EP I believe it's similar to roaming but switching connection to wifi access point when available without having to put in credentials ... think switching from 3G to wifi like switching from 2G to 3G or whatever ... at least thats my take on it

Digitalx said,
I believe it's similar to roaming but switching connection to wifi access point when available

I hope you are right with this. Somehow I can't believe that ATT would do that as it would be too simple to take away from their data plan.
crossing fingers you are correct...

DerAusgewanderte said,

I hope you are right with this. Somehow I can't believe that ATT would do that as it would be too simple to take away from their data plan.
crossing fingers you are correct...
It would relieve a lot of stress on their networks, though. I bet iOS 5 will support this.

Thanks Digitalx, seems to be a bit more comprehensive than I thought!

The AT&T Address Book support is kind of a non-event with Windows Live Contacts and Google Contacts syncing supported natively by WP7 already, but I wouldn't mind the WISPr support. I've always had trouble getting my Windows Phone to seamlessly work with AT&T hotspots in the past. I hope they are including free access to those hotspots with that WISPr support, as the iPhone has had for several years.

xpxp2002 said,
The AT&T Address Book support is kind of a non-event with Windows Live Contacts and Google Contacts syncing supported natively by WP7 already, but I wouldn't mind the WISPr support. I've always had trouble getting my Windows Phone to seamlessly work with AT&T hotspots in the past. I hope they are including free access to those hotspots with that WISPr support, as the iPhone has had for several years.
Unless the AT&T address book is seemless and will have my bill showing me the names of the people I've called. When you have to itemize for work reimbursement that can be handy. Guess we'll have to wait and see.