Up in Canada there has been some confusion around the status of the Nokia Lumia 920 on Rogers. It appears that early shipments of the phone were SIM unlocked and what’s more, they had the AWS 1700 band on board allowing it to work on WIND and T-Mobile US. That prospect at least offered some hope to those on those carriers without the 920 (aka most of them).
We’ve since verified that the later shipments of the 920 on Rogers are not SIM unlocked though you could pay the Canadian carrier $50 to do so (assuming you bought it under contract). As terrible as that is it’s still better than AT&T, which to our knowledge has not given out any unlock codes for 920 users.
Although we believe the amount of people running custom ROMs on their Windows Phone is very small, it’s still a consideration for some of you who don’t want to wait until Microsoft (and your carrier, OEM) releases the next big update.
Luckily over the weekend the supposed RTM build of Windows Phone 7.8, version number 8858, has managed to slip out into ROM chef hands, allowing them to create multiple custom ROMS for various devices. Should you be lucky to have one of these phones and brave enough to install, you can find 7.8 ROMs here...
Expansys U.K. is expecting the ATIV S due on December 13th at a price of £449.99. You can find the Samsung ATIV S Expansys listing here. Additionally, it is our understanding that the HTC 8S will become available through Expansys U.K. on December 5th for £239.99. The HTC 8S Expansys listing can be found here.
As bargain hunting Xbox Windows Phone gamers are surely aware, the fairly new Carcassonne is part of Microsoft’s Black Friday week sale which ends today. Until now, we’ve had mixed feelings about Carcassonne due to its ridiculously grindy Achievements and broken online multiplayer. Thankfully, one of those issues is now fixed at last. Carcassonne’s online multiplayer now works!
Back in September, we reported that indie word game and Windows Phone exclusive AlphaJax would be upgraded to Xbox Live status (or is that Xbox Windows Phone status?) at long last. The game’s developer, Marker Metro has been a Windows Phone supporter since before the platform launched. That support finally paid off when they got Microsoft to pick up publishing rights for the Xbox Windows Phone version this year. Gamers will also reap the benefits of the upgrade quite soon, as the new version launches this Wednesday!
T-Mobile is currently running a Cyber Monday special that could land you a HTC 8X or Nokia Lumia 810 Windows Phone for free. The deal is for new purchases and requires a two year contract with T-Mobile.
The deal on the 8X includes a $350 instant discount, a $149.99 web only discount and a $100 rebate. To qualify for the rebate you'll need to sign up for either T-Mobile's Classic Talk + Text + Web plan or Classic Talk with web service of at least $20 per month. Once you meet all the terms, just fill out the rebate form and mail it in.
The Cyber Monday deal on the Lumia 810 is a little more straight forward with $400 discount and $149.99 web only discount that drops the price to zero, zilch, nadda. You do have to sign the two year contract and sign up for one of T-Mobile's Classic plans.
The fine print reads that these are web only offers and may not be available at retail stores. You can find all the details here at T-Mobile.
Physi Bricks is a fun physics powered game for your Windows Phone that calls on you to bust up stacks of bricks. Physi Bricks is a multi-level game that starts out simple but progressively gets more challenging.
Some levels call upon you to knock the green bricks off the platform while other levels require you to leave red bricks standing. Along the way you earn custom ammo to help you with your tasks such as explosive, disintegrating, and magnetic ammo.
Graphics are simple, game play challenging and Physi Bricks is a nice way to pass the time with your Windows Phone.
Mobile Nations Network Movember Funds Raised so far: $11,330 (USD)
The MO-bile Nations crew in the 'Peg eating deep fried chicken... it's great for 'stache growth!
WE DID IT! Movember isn't quite over, but we've already surpassed our Mobile Nations Network goal of raising over $10,000 for the cause. Mo-Mazing! We have witnessed some great fundraising efforts across the team, and special props go out to Canada's Mike Whitton for raising over $1500 and Australia's Daniel Kollehn for raising over $600. Great effort. HUGE thanks to everybody that has contributed!
If you haven't donated yet, you still have time. The only thing better than meeting our goal is blowing right past it! And we'll love you forever if you donate. Donations can be made easily over the web. Simply jump over to our Mobile Nations Network page, click on the name of any of the individuals listed as part of the network, and hit the donate button. All funds donated to an individual will pass through to the network total.
This is our fourth Movember update for the month, and we have one more to come once the month is over. We'll report back with our final pledge totals and a final gallery of all the moustaches we've grown out. Keep reading for more on Movember and to see some great photos from the team!
Such is the case from this video tipped to us by the mysterious 'Q'. We happen to like this video a lot because of the aforementioned band but also because it's shot well--no jumping, no unnecessary shaking. Once again, the Lumia 920 does a fantastic job capturing the wide dynamics of the lights and sound (although you can see the image sensor freak out a few times with the ultra-blue lights).
It's another weekend and another From the Forums. We'll be taking a gander at what's been happening through the weekend, presenting you with the latest and greatest discussions that our readers have been engaging in. So what's new in the world of Windows Phone here at Windows Phone Central?
The Lumia 920 has sold out at AT&T in the US. Both the black and exclusive cyan variants are reported as so on the online store, which further shows high levels of demand (or minimal amount of stock). We're still looking forward to reporting on just how many Lumia Windows Phones Nokia has managed to ship and sell to consumers in its next document release.
The Surface RT tablet was released last month, but Microsoft has remained tight-lipped about the support policy for Windows RT itself. The company has since released information detailing its declaration to support its initial Surface tablet for four years. ZDNet has taken a look at the new information provided to see what this means for consumers.
Rogers has unveiled pricing for its Samsung ATIV S, according to images sent in to MobileSyrup. The Canadian carrier announced the ATIV S last month, and now it's been confirmed to be priced at $149.99 on a 3-year plan. The Windows Phone is also listed at $599.99 month-to-month.