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France carrier SFR to offer Windows Phone 8.1 update July 8

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SFR, one of France's wireless carriers, is reporting that it will begin its over-the-air update to Windows Phone 8.1 on July 8. It will include the Cortana digital assistant feature, although it won't be enabled for French-speaking folks until sometime in early 2015.

The update is expected to be 150 MB in file size. SFR has listed all of the new features that will be enabled for current Windows Phone 8 device owners in that country. They include adding Xbox Music, Video and Podcast apps, syncing setting on a phone with other Windows devices and much more.

Microsoft has already indicated that Cortana will expand to the UK and China in the near future, but that other territories will have to wait until 2015 to get localized versions of the Windows Phone 8.1 voice command assistant. Microsoft has announced that India can expect an over-the-air update for Windows Phone 8.1 sometime during the second week of July.

What do you think of this announcement and if you live in France do you plan to download the Windows Phone 8.1 update?

Thanks to Guy Kh for the tip!

Source: SFR

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France carrier SFR to offer Windows Phone 8.1 update July 8

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It is a carrier version, so it is not necessary that unlocked phones will get it at the same time. Usually, unlocked phones get updates earlier.

I think we will be able to use Cortana in French even. Probably not as advanced, just like Bing in Europe is half as useful as in the US... I'm using Orange in France but I bought my 8X carrier unlocked... I really hope I'll have the update soon, I'm waiting for this !

If you intend to use Cortana right after the WP8.1 update is released, you'll still have to switch your phone to US English... And I actually don't expect Cortona to support French (and all its regional accents) before sometime next year though. I know they are stepping on the gas to deliver more Bing's features internationnaly but I really don't expect a miracle there...

correct me if i'm wrong; if a french carrier can release it, it must be available for carrier independent country variant phones ? So, before July 8, carrier independent phones will receive the update ?

I hope so but wouldn't hold my breath, Carrier Unlocked phones got GDR updates last previously. I hope this Lumia Cyan / WP 8.1 pilot targets carrier unlocked phones first.

OK, yeah, you are right, I know the past. BUT. Technically, if a carrier can release update, it means that there exists a raw (untouched) version of the software, which is ready for phones; later the carrier adapts the raw form and releases its own version. It doesn't make sense. OR. microsoft (or nokia) holds the update intentionally, in order to give a privilage to carrier.

Like 80% of the population.

(I am French too)

Good luck for your French classes :)

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Why can't MS just release 8.1 on its own? Why do the carriers have to be involved at all? 8.1 DP proves that people are capable to install with out carrier involvement

Blame the carriers! If Microsoft didn't agree to concede this ability, the carriers wouldn't have agreed to sell Microsoft's phones. If, and only if, Windows Phone becomes a dominant force in the mobile phone market will Microsoft even have a chance to pushed the carriers around and dictate their reclamation of this ability. Even if Windows Phone become a dominant force, this may never happen. Microsoft is playing the game. Why do you think the "dev" preview is so easy to join?

All updates from different carriers vary from each other! May be slightly but yes they do! So 8.1 update in AT&T will be slightly different from the one in Verizon that's why carriers are involved! Though im from India, and we don't have such issues! Wehave unlocked phones:)

AT&T? August-November release. Why will it take so long? They're evil and need to disable the Data Sense feature to make as many people as possible to exceed their data limits. It's only one part of their money-squeezing scheme.

AT&T better move their asss and release it no later than mid-July.  This waiting is ridiculous already!  And I am not giving up Data Sense now that I got to use the past two months. If they remove it I will be seriously considering moving to Verizion. Looks like Verizon is getting all the cool WP's this year anyway and still have Qi wireless charging.

Data Sense is part of the reason I haven't updated my unlocked 920. I don't want to be like you. Enjoying the (obvious) usefulness of Data Sense, only to have it takes away. I hate that feeling and would rather not have it at all. The other reason is the removal of the Games hub. I play a ton of games and don't want them mixed in with all my apps. But that's another issue although.

Update file only 150mb ? :surprised: many were telling that update size will be nearly one gb but here it is saying less than 200.... How is it possible??

Ah! des nouvelles de WP France, ça c'est bien. French myself but in the UK so will be waiting for Virgin Mobile update, anyone knows when?

I flashed my phone with the French firmware when amber came out, so keeping my fingers crossed. It was an unlocked AT&T, so hoping this makes a difference. I think they should forget localized languages and just have Jen record in English with varying crazy and inappropriate accents ; )

I'm also a Frenchman with 3 WP's in my household; all of them are not branded (the unsubsidized market is starting to get huge over here). My carrier is Orange (Sosh) though.
Anyway, my Lumia 1020 with a Taiwanese ROM is already running WP8.1 Preview and I intend to update them all ASAP. And since unbranded smartphones usually get updates much faster, I expect to be able to do just that when SFR starts to provide it for the 925, maybe even earlier.