Lumia 900 data connection update released

Nokia has worked quickly to provide owners of the newly launched Lumia 900 smartphone an update that will fix the data connectivity issues that some of the units have been experiencing. Late on Friday, the company announced that the promised software update for the Lumia 900 is now live and available to download, days ahead of Nokia's previously established schedule.

The update can be downloaded right now by connecting the Lumia 900 to your Windows PC and using Zune to grab the update. Mac users can download the patch via the same method by using the Windows Phone 7 Connector software. WPCentral says that when the update is complete, the OS version should be 7.10.8112.7.

As we reported earlier this week, anyone who has already bought the Lumia 900 or plans to buy one by April 21st will still be able to get a $100 credit on their monthly AT&T bill as compensation for the smartphone's software problems. That effectively makes the $99.99 phone free to purchase (or even come out ahead if you got the phone on sale via Amazon or pre-ordered it for free with a special code from Nokia).

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jasonon said,
i still don't get why they gave everybody $100

Did you not see: "be able to get a $100 credit on their monthly AT&T bill as compensation for the smartphone's software problems."
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Now I'll grant you the perception of great customer service like that is a bit of a shock in today's operating environment.

If you're looking for a deeper reasons - sales.
They wisely are capitalizing on the bug with what is effectively a slick short term promotion to essentially give away handsets while being able to count them all as a sale on the books of everyone involved. ATT signs up more people and pleases existing early customers, Nokia eats the $100 (assuming they really are eating it) in exchange for better sales figures that result from the offer, and they both share the PR win.

So AT&T can approve an update for the Lumia 900 in a few days, but it's been months since Microsoft released the update that fixes the disappearing keyboard bug, and it looks like AT&T may never approve that for existing hardware...

JonathanMarston said,
So AT&T can approve an update for the Lumia 900 in a few days, but it's been months since Microsoft released the update that fixes the disappearing keyboard bug, and it looks like AT&T may never approve that for existing hardware...

AT&T has apparently decided that they're only going to push major updates (NoDo, Mango, Tango, Apollo).

The minor update that contains the keyboard fix wont be sent out, but Tango (which also contains that fix) will be sent out: http://www.wpcentral.com/att-p...date-current-windows-phones

Updated my 3 Lumia 900's with no problems, my sons phone seemed to have a data problem, all is well now as now data issue is gone and I am $100 richer. No stupid case and my antennae works, no approved grip needed.