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Nokia Lumia 920T for China has Keep Wi-Fi Alive and call blocklist feature

With China just launching the Nokia Lumia 920T, information is slowly leaking out about some of the differences between it and the current versions of the flagship phone already on the market.

In images posted on the site WPXAP, we can confirm the existence of two added features that greatly enhance the user experience. The first one is the “Keep Wi-Fi Alive” ability, which we documented yesterday on the just released HTC 8S. At the time, we were uncertain if that feature was an HTC customization or part of an updated build to Windows Phone 8 (10211). As it turns out, it appears to be the latter as the 920T is sporting the same Wi-Fi settings screen.

The same Wi-Fi options are also found on the HTC 8S

The “keep Wi-Fi alive” feature will allow the current WLAN connection to stay active even when the display is off, ensuring users that downloads and regular data will use only the free Wi-Fi connection and not your 3G/4G data. Although on first blush such an option may seem to consume more battery, in reality leaving Wi-Fi on all the time is quite efficient with these modern Qualcomm chipsets.

Another feature revealed on the Lumia 920T for China is a call blocking/intercept list. Not too much is known about this feature, although Samsung had something similar on earlier Windows Phone 7 devices. The block list will intercept calls and SMS text messages, allowing users to create various rules on how to handle them (presumably it’s more than just a blocker). It is not known if this is a Nokia add-on or OS-level addition.

The good news here is Nokia traditionally has been very good about rolling out these updates and keeping their phones roughly on the same build and firmware. That means it’s not too far fetched to think that current Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners won’t get these features at some point. Unfortunately we don’t know the nature of these builds, plans to roll them out and of course what roll carriers will play in their deployment.

Source: WPXAP; Thanks, ynight, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino
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Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Let's hope they don't forget WP7 owners with this "keep WIFI alive" option in the WP7.8 update...or sooner.
  • Wp8 just getting better , my Lumia 920 as well...
  • Using the final version of WP7.8 and there is no such option
  • trust me...thats not the final build
  • Why should I?
  •   Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online(Click on menu Home)
  • How do you have 7.8?
  • the RTM was leaked and there are quite a few ROMS already for the devices. I have dynamics rom for the focus already.
  • I hope call block is coming in December
    You can add your vote here. 
  • Call blocking os needed, that's a mist have feature.
  • I would very much appreciate having both features now.
  • Call blocking features...hmmm
    Now I won't mistakenly answer a call from those darn pesky bill collector who just want their money : - )
    Or crazy ex-girlfriend bugging me to get under my skin
  • How dare people who you owe money to for services rendered try to get their money!  Who do they think they are!
  • Yeah, call blocking would be very welcome. Right now, I have a "silence" ringtone that I use for spam/unwanted calls. Be great to deep-six them, altogether...
    You can add your vote here. 
  • Are these features from Nokia or MS?   If they are actually available, with OTA updates why have they not been sent out to the rest of us?   Clearly, these capabilities exist and work well enough to be given to some users over there.  So send an update now to all of us out here. Why should we have to wait for it?   Can we please start taking advantage of OTA's???
  • Testing an OTA is different from rolling out firmware when the device first ships.
  • Lol I remember my first time on a national carrier
  • Lol when are we getting
  • Thank you...lets roll out this update for Christmas.
  • "not too far fetched to think that current Lumia Windows Phone 8 owners won’t get these features at some point" surelly you meant to say "ownlers will get these features at some point"
  • I hope we will have the same features eventually, they are very useful. In China, receiving marketing calls and SMS, are hourly activities, the call blocking feature is a must in China.
  • Interesting. Hoping this is a sign for the rest of us 920 owners. O could use both of these features!
  • Why would AT&T want the call blocking feature implemented on the handsets when they can already monetize this as a feature on the carrier side with parental controls for $5/monthly?  
    I hope that this doesn't become the case and we can actually see this feature, along with the 'keep Wi-Fi alive' option.  Both would be great additions that should be included in incremental feature updates.  I want the camera's photos sharpened a little more in the meantime.  
  • I'm wondering the same thing.... From what I've found, AT&T won't get data sense either...  If we don't get data sense, why would they allow us the keep wi-fi alive?
    If they don't give of "keep wi-fi alive", hopefully there is some kind of hack that will give it to us sometime...
  • Call blocking is a must have. Seriously. Should be baked in the OS
  • FYI: this is Portico.
  • Definitely not poritco since that won't be out for us too a little later on quarter 2.
  • Trust me when I tell you this is Portico, or else risk looking like a fool when it's confirmed that it is.
  • Nope, he's right.  This is Portico.
  • please get the call blocking out asap. I could care less about the wifi keepalive.
  • I opened a topic on uservoice regarding call and sms blocking feature back in 2010. It is merged with some new thread. It already has 4039 votes. It would help if you people voted for it.
  • Call blocking is a Nokia settings add-on. WiFi always on is OS based.
  • Yeah I would love this feature to come before end of the year
  • Still waiting for Windows Phone 7.8 Update in Austria ...
    Never had an issue/problem with the WiFi behaviour ...