Taiwan launching Mango on September 16th--update only through shops though

Yesterday morning we mentioned that Windows Phone users in Taiwan are supposedly scheduled to get WP7.5 Mango on the 16th and sure enough, that's true. What's also true is that the update won't be coming via their Zune software but instead they need to take their phone to a supported shop (with an appointment) to have a tech flash the phone. Estimated wait time: 20 minutes.

One such place is the HTC flagship store, which will be opening and taking in people to flash their phones to the Chinese-build of Mango, but users will have to have their phone backed-up themselves. While this may not be the most elegant method, it's a method where Microsoft's infrastructure is obviously still being put in place. And hey, what AT&T user here wouldn't go down to the store tomorrow if it meant getting Mango, amirite?

Source: Microsoft TW (opens in new tab); via: ILoveWP; Thanks, @SkyLanD and @JohnnieXu, for the heads up!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • This is one way to get the OEM to share the support blame if something goes wrong, though by them saying you have to have backed up the phone yourself is iffy.Still, I'd go down and upgrade if I could. I think mango is going to come soon though, it seems to feel that way with all the activity going on around WP.
  • Yeah, and can you back up the device without it performing an update? I thought that was one of the chief complaints at the moment about Zune...
  • I think the reason for the store upgrade is to switch to Chinese.IIRC, the Mango update will not add languages to current handsets, so they are flashing the phones with a new ROM that includes the language
  • That's a good point. I believe you're probably right.
  • Yes, probably yes. But I wonder, why they are not abble to do it via the Zune update. It should not be so difficult.