HTC 8X, 8S on Bell Mobility and Rogers started receiving GDR2 too; get Data Sense

Yesterday was a whirlwind day of news for Windows Phone and as such, a few items fell between the cracks. Sorry! But that’s what Thursday’s are for, evidently. So today we want to remind our friends up north in Canada who have an HTC 8X or HTC 8S that you should check for an OS and firmware update on your phone.

We received numerous tips from users noting that Bell Mobility and Rogers have both begun pushing out Windows Phone 8 1327 aka GDR2 OS updates along with the corresponding firmware to their 8X and 8S devices.

Both Rogers and Bell users for the HTC 8X and 8S will also get the coveted Data Sense feature. Meanwhile Bell has detailed the update for the 8X and 8S on their website (1,2) noting improvements to battery life, camera, photo viewer andText and multimedia messaging.

To see if your HTC 8X (or 8S) has an over-the-air update waiting, simply navigate to your Settings and select Phone Update and then ‘check for updates’. The process will require a Wi-Fi connection and could take up to 20 minutes due to the process requiring a backup of your contents.

Thanks to all of our Canadian readers who tipped us!


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HTC 8X, 8S on Bell Mobility and Rogers started receiving GDR2 too; get Data Sense


Yep another 120 comments again of bitch whine moan. And I'm a person with a ATT 920 and don't want to filter through another threading about it. Beating a dead decayed maggot filled horse

What interest do you have going to the HTC 8X, 8S on Bell Mobility GRD2 thread when you're on AT&T with a Lumia 920?
Just to make a comment about how you're not going to comment on ATT not getting the update out for the Lumias?


Did I ever say I wasn't gonna comment? Reading is fundamentally challenging for some.

"And I'm a person with a ATT 920 and don't want to filter through another threading about it. Beating a dead decayed maggot filled horse"
Stating that you're sick of people commenting about AT&T's delay clearly implies that you are not going to add a comment about AT&T delaying the update. Reading between the lines - this is what is fundamentally challenging for some. Not to mention spelling or grammar...

Yeah you challenged. I don't mind reading actual comments. I DONT want to read another thread that pertains to a bunch of 920 complaining on another thread about ATT. Does that mean I don't want to read the thread itself? No. Does that mean I won't comment? No. Does that mean I don't want want to filter. Yes. Its beating a dead horse horse. The fact that this pertains to a different phone and a different carrier means that I think its great that GDR2 is rolling the way it is. And if you think I'm worried about my grammar typing on my 920 while sitting in traffic, that's about as lame as you coming on this thread worried about what I'm worried to bitch about my opinions. But its ok. It fit the majority of whining posted on here. But I wont comment to YOU anymore ⌒.⌒

Lmao. Didn't know sitting in non moving traffic was considered driving. I don't think anyone talking about someone's grammar should talk about grow up. Get it off your chest. Lol.

You know which platform gives updates and makes sure all customers get it at the same time? iOS. This little ATT fiasco makes me want to get an iPhone for my next upgrade this fall. But if better spec 1020 comes out (meaning it has the 41MP camera and future/current standard specs-like quad-core CPU) or the 1020 comes to TMobile, I'm sticking with the platform.

ATT has no control iOS updates Apple has full control over it so of course they would update everyone at once lol :P

Because Apple bends the carriers over a pool table with the iPhone. Highest per-device cost, forced updates, etc... After the iPhone carriers swore they'd never let an OEM do that to them again.

Omggggg attt WTFFFFF!!!! PLEASE PLEASE GDR2 FOR LUMIA 920 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING!! FOOOR!!!! (i started it off lol)

I don't understand why datasense was unavailable for so long. Its not actually linked to your carrier, you enter your billing date and data cap and you're in

I think it's linked. Some people reported that their data usage was already recognized when they launched the app after updating to GDR2

This. It told me how much I used my WiFi in my phones entire lifetime LOL. So it was crazy. I don't use data but this is a cool feature

Data sense. I have unlimited internet with at&t. I'm grandfathered in. But I want my fucking update already. I'm so tight. I'm about to buy a fucking new iPhone when it comes out lol

Sorry to say, but there's no reason to expect Data Sense with AT&T. The Lumia 520 and 1020 both don't have it, so I'm not sure why the 920 would.

What do you want? Don't know if people will listen to you when dripping f-bombs in your request for an update...

Sorry guys for my rude behavior. Its been a rough day and I was really hoping for some good news. Once again I apologize.

We don't forgive in here, you are abolished!! Na, it's cool bro. I forgive you, rest easy my friend. You can sleep peacefully tonight, sweet dreams!!

Hy..im New here, so i Just wana Ask a simple question..so my Phone says that my mobile operator is at1-t...(this Phone is unbranded.) so this means i'll get at&t's amber for my 920?

Yeah, I gave up, and flashed it last night for AT&T
The plus was that I got datasense, it was so worth flashing it!

I'm starting to think that us att users are not going to get an update. I mean on a serious note there is no reason this update shouldn't be out now. Not premium support from the supposedly premier Windows carrier.

Why don't we just keep sending att tweets about it. Eventually they will get the information we want if we pressure them enough. I was even considering sending their CEO some snail mail. Their home address is on the web.

after i updated my samsung ativ s to gdr2 i did a reset(settings>about>reset your phone) per the suggestions in
 the ativ s forums. data sense then showed up. i have a carrier unlocked ativ s from rogers.

It looks like more and more carriers are implementing the back end required for Data sense as i doubt it is no longer carrier side feature. As you cant compress incoming data locally lol.. it has to be compressed in the cloud and pushed to your device.

Why aren't all of us on att with 920 flashing our phones for this update its starting to sound like a better Idea day after day .

I read that flashing voids your warranty.  Inasmuch as I just paid $475 outright for my L920, I would like to keep my warranty for awhile.  

I recall with the ATIV S that a reset was needed after installing GDR2 in order to enable Data Sense. Hopefully 8X/8S owners won't have this issue.

Sorry people on Bell, you won't get Datasense. Got the GDR2 update on my phone weeks ago (ATIV S) and there is no data sense. Noticeable battery life improvement though.

Ugh, that is so Lame. I am pretty technically inclined so it doesn't really matter to me - heck it might even be fun ...
But here is me telling my wife ... If you want to see more info about where you are using your data you have to wipe your phone completely and start over ... Followed soon by a ... WTF??? Why??? You're kidding???

Doing a reset from within the OS restores it to the latest version, so it's not the same as the factory default. If you back up your apps and text messages, a restart is far less painful.