Verizon rolling out Windows Phone Tango update for HTC Trophy

Just as we reported two days ago, Verizon has opened the flood gates for the Windows Phone Tango update. Customers who own the HTC Trophy will be able to update their device(s) once the notification of updateable-goodness has appeared on-screen or through Zune. We've already received word from a number of Windows Phone Central readers confirming the update is indeed rolling out.

To recap what's included:-

  • WiFi Hotspot / Internet sharing now available
  • Enhanced multimedia messaging capabilities (multiple photos, videos, ringtones)

The Tango update will push Windows Phone owners to 8773 and will set the path for Windows Phone 7.8. Be sure to plug in your Trophy when possible to receive the update and inform us when you do in the comments below.

Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

Verizon set to push out Windows Phone Tango update for HTC Trophy August 1st

Verizon have returned with an announcement that the Windows Phone Tango update is almost ready to fire up for their HTC Trophy handsets. Customers will be able take advantage of new features and functionality in the next version of Windows Phone. This will begin to prep consumers for the Windows Phone 7.8 update which is sat on the horizon.

Verizon warming up to Windows Phone?

While Verizon Wireless does off the HTC Trophy as the company's one and only Windows Phone, customers have been wanting more selection out of the wireless provider for some time. Based on what Verizon's executive vice president and chief financial officer Fran Shammo said during a conference call, Verizon customers may finally see more Windows Phone becoming available.

Shammo said he was fully supportive of Microsoft and discussed the need for a third mobile ecosystem in the wireless industry. This is a bit of a change from late last year when Verizon had issues with the lack of LTE support coming from Microsoft. The feeling was that Verizon would continue to focus on Android devices as their center piece.

If Verizon was waiting for LTE support, the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II should prove that LTE support exists with Windows Phones. Another sign that Verizon may be coming around on Windows Phones is the recent announcement of the 8107 update for the HTC Trophy.

Based on Shammo's comments the chances of additional Windows Phones joining the Verizon line up seems promising.  Could we see a Verizon Lumia 900? Or maybe a Verizon Titan II?  

Source: CNET; Thanks, Anonymous, for the tip!

Verizon starts rolling out latest OS update for Windows Phone

We broke the news the other night that Verizon Wireless was set to roll out the latest (or nearly the latest) Windows Phone OS update, version 8107, to HTC Trophy users on its network. That update not only fixes security issues but addresses the disappearing keyboard bug that has driven many mad for the last few months.

We've now received a flood of tips that the update is currently live and if you plug in your Trophy to Zune Desktop you'll be greeted with an update notification. Actually, you'll eventually have three updates to install as it's cumulative:

  • OS 7740
  • OS 8107
  • HTC Firmware

So sit tight as the backup process will vary from device device and will depend on how much "stuff" you have on your phone. Let us know in comments if all has gone well.

Thanks to all who tipped us! Thanks, Vance, for the image.

Verizon set to push out latest Windows Phone OS update for HTC Trophy

While Verizon deservedly gets a lot of flack for their shunning of Windows Phone, especially with their single offering of the HTC Trophy, they at least seem set on keeping that phone up to date.

If you navigate to the support page for the HTC Trophy on Verizon's site, you'll notice that information regarding the previous radio update has been removed. Instead, users are greeted with details on the latest software update: 2305.13.20402.605.

While that number doesn't reveal the OS version (8107), reading the new features and fixes reveals that indeed it has to be 8107 since it fixes the disappearing keyboard. Here are the new fixes and enhancements:

  • Improved Voice Mail notifications when traveling outside the U.S.
  • Enhanced Cellebrite contact transfer performance.
  • Improvements in keyboard performance prevent keyboard from disappearing while typing.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • Improved device performance when downloading large software update files.
  • Original messages will be included when replying or forwarding an email via an Exchange 2003 server.
  • Improvements in text messaging performance

No word on exactly when this update will begin being pushed but seeing as Verizon is coming forward with the details, we're going to say it's imminent. So good new for you Verizon folks, not so great news if you're on AT&T or Sprint.

Source: Verizon Support (PDF); Thanks, Ryan T., for the heads up!

Verizon Trophy users now getting radio update

We're getting a lot of reports in from readers that Verizon is now pushing out their radio firmware update for the HTC Trophy. We reported on this a few days ago, noting that it would fix the GSM roaming issue that many faced when returning to the US.  The update brings users to the following:

  • OS version: 7.10.7720.68 (same)
  • Firmware revision number: 2305.13.20110.605
  • Radio software version:

Note, some users are reporting that this brings the 8107 OS update. As far as we can tell, it does not nor should users expect that update to happen anytime soon (though who knows what Verizon's plans are).

For users though who "forced" their Trophy's to 8107, you probably just blocked your radio update as the server's won't recognize your device as matching those needing this fix. We have a few reports from our forums of just a scenario and for you, we have no answer how to "force" this update. Of course, we did warn users on our Podcast that forcing the 8107 update may have unintended consequences and that's what we are seeing now.

Windows Phone beats Android and is top rated at Amazon

Nothing beats more feel good stories for Windows Phone as we countdown to the big day (should you celebrate Christmas of course). We've witnessed the Nokia Lumia 800 taking top spots around the globe in terms of orders/sales. Now it's Amazon's turn with three Windows Phones taking the top three positions (beating multiple Android handsets) on the top rated, contract-bound mobile phones list. We have the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S (4G), and the HTC Trophy. Take that Google.

Source: Amazon, thanks kooksta for the tip!

Vodafone AU approves HTC Internet Sharing update, roll-out soon

Good news for those on Vodafone in Australia: the carrier has approved the HTC update that will enable WiFi internet sharing on the 7 Trophy, this just weeks after announcing that they were testing it:

Windows Phone 7.10.7720.68

Maintenance Release MCR1 (Internet Sharing Update)

Vodafone has granted technical approval of a new maintenance release. Roll-out will begin soon; keep an eye on our blog for further details.

This is excellent news as HTC certainly seems committed to their customers in getting this update to as many devices and carriers as possible. We'll keep an eye out for when it goes live.

Source: Vodafone Blog; Thanks, Gary H., for the heads up!

Windows Phones for $0.01 with $100 Amazon gift card

Remember the previous Amazon Wireless penny sale last year? Well, we're having another, and a number of Windows Phones are included from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Amazon is also throwing in a $100 gift card* with each purchase. The handsets that are included are:

Be sure to check out this deal soon should you be interested as the closing date is November 28th.

* Note, you must activate the hot-spot feature/Wifi tethering at time of purchase to get the $100 gift card

Source: Amazon Wireless, thanks atander for the heads up!

Verizon Trophy for a penny at Amazon

If you have been holding out on getting a Verizon Trophy, wait no more.  Amazon is selling them for a single penny with free shipping when you open a new line of service.  This deal is part of a larger Verizon "Penny-pincher"  promotion on Amazon that features all of their Verizon handsets for one cent.  The offer runs between 5:00 p.m. PDT October 11, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. PDT October 17, 2011, or while supplies last.

Source: Amazon

Verizon retail stores already showing Trophy running Mango

Take this how you will, but it's a good sign in our book when your official Verizon stores are displaying their one and only Windows Phone, the venerable HTC Trophy, running 7720.68 aka Mango.

These pics were taken by reader aphrophyre at the Broadway & 17th Street, New York store today. Does this mean absolutely that Mango is coming the 27th? Nope, but we like the odds that it's coming sooner than later.

Verizon speaks softly about Mango update--it's coming

Customers on Verizon who own the HTC Trophy (see review) are certainly wondering where big red stands on the Mango update. By all accounts, most carriers seem to be in line with the "in a few weeks" stance that Microsoft has given them and because of that, we expect Verizon to do the same. That and we've seen the finalized HTC ROM for the Verizon Trophy--meaning this is really just Verizon approving it.

Now, via Verizon's Twitter account, they have spoken on the issue. No specifics were given, but it seems as if they are still aiming for "soon" like everyone else:

"It [Mango] is coming soon. We do not have the exact date yet. Once available, you will receive notification on your phone."

Not a home run, but at least is something, right?

Thanks, Matthew W., for the tip!

Deal Alert: Verizon Trophy for a penny plus $50 Amazon Gift Card

For those looking for a sweet deal, you may want to to take a look at Amazon Wireless. They're running their special sale again where upon purchase of certain phones, you can get a $50 Gift Card, good towards accessories or anything else.

Seeing as the Verizon HTC Trophy (review) is going for $0.01 (2 year new contract), if you throw in this gift card, you're actually making $50 which ain't half bad. Don't forget, you can also unofficially throw on the final version of Mango on this phone right now, making this a killer combo. Head here to Amazon Wireless for more info.

Verizon HTC Trophy - First Impressions

Verizon Wireless Customers had to wait a while to get their first Windows Phone 7 device, the HTC Trophy. It finally hit shelves just a bit ago but was it worth the wait?  We've gotten our hands a review unit of the HTC Trophy and the first impressions are good.

The Trophy sports a 3.8" screen, 5mp camera, 16gb of storage, along with all the typical Windows Phone 7 specs.  Speaking of the screen, the Trophy's screen seems to have a little more pop to it. Maybe it's the red theme.

Compared to other HTC Windows Phones, the Trophy is most comparable to the HTC Surround. The Verizon Trophy is a touch shorter and thinner than the Surround but very close in weight.

The Trophy makes a nice first impression and we'll get a full review up on the site shortly to see if that impression lasts.

Pro Bowl Quarterback gets a Trophy

Matt Hasselbeck, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, was interviewed over Twitter by the Seattle Times about his use of Windows Phone 7. He has been using a Samsung Focus for a while, and recently switched over to the Verizon HTC Trophy.

His app recommendations? Hasselbeck recommends 4th and Mayor and often uses TweetCaster and Weatherbug daily. He also mentions using an iPad, but seems open to a real competitor, like Windows 8. There isn’t a whole lot to the story, but it’s good to see some high profile Windows Phone fans out there.  

Source: Seattle Times

Verizon HTC Trophy just $49 at AmazonWireless (+ Amazon gift card)

Out for only a week and the $199.99 (-$50 mail in rebate) Verizon HTC Trophy is knocked down to the low, low $49. Throw in that $25 Amazon gift card and now you're talk just $24.

We're not one to tell you where you have to buy your phone at, but darn it all, that's a good price. On top of it, the reviews on Amazon have been pretty top notch with quite a few 5-star write ups from customers (we're reviewing our Verizon Trophy soon, if you want our opinion).

Anyways, head here for the deal and here for the $25 gift-card.

Thanks, AK, for the tip!

Verizon Trophy 2150 mAh extended battery now available

If you managed to snag a new HTC Trophy on Verizon, you may at times feel a little underwhelmed by the 1300 mAh battery on board (most WP7 devices sport around 1500 mAh). If that's the case, remember to pick up an OEM extended battery via Verizon's accessories.

The extended battery is a plump 2150 mAh, which should work even for the biggest users out there. Of course, it does feature an extended "hump" door but it doesn't seem too large for those who need the juice. The big juicer goes for a fair $49.99 + tax.

It's nice to have options!

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Max R., for the tip!

Verizon Trophy's micro-SD card revealed

Curious about the Verizon Trophy's expansion card? Look no further. Disassembling the Trophy reveals a SanDisk Class 4, 16gb micro-SD card nestled beneath the phone's casing and foil protective wrapper.

This likely falls under the "nice thing to know" category and for those daring enough to disassemble their Trophy, you should be able to swap out the 16gb card for a larger capacity card of the same class. Just be cautioned that breaking down your Verizon Trophy is sure to void your warranty.

Source: wmpoweruser

Verizon Trophy already sold-out online

For those looking to get the Verizon Trophy, at least online, they have temporarily disabled ordering due to not enough stock. Yup, you've read that right.

We're starting to wonder if one of the reasons for the continued delay was the inability to stock enough of the phone in the first place. Granted, we assumed that the Trophy may sell well on Big Red, but not that well (though wouldn't we and Verizon like to be surprised).

We'll keep track to see if and when the phone is available for online purchases, but for now, taking a trip to your local store (or call to order) may be your best bet.

Source: Verizon Wireless; Thanks, Jessie C,, Greg E., for the heads up

Verizon Trophy shows up in stores; $409.99 is the full retail price

We have word from one of our readers, Sed P, that Verizon has some HTC Trophy devices on hand in stores, as expected. The final price for the phone, no contarct is $409.99, which actually is not too bad. Otherwise, if renewing, you'll pay $199.99 pus a $50 mail-in rebate.

We've also heard from another reader Justin L., that he succesfully placed a phone order for the device a day early. So for those of you just getting home from work, you may want to give Big Red a call now, that way you can maybe have it by Friday. Now wouldn't that make a great weekend? 

Thanks, Sed P. for the pics and Justin L., for the info