Windows Phone 7/8 Catch All

I've had T-mobile for 3 years, they are fine as long as you are in an urban area or near an interstate(mostly). If you go to far off the beaten path then service drops to nothing.

I purchased my Lumia 900 back around the beginning of the year from Amazon wireless with a new 2 year contract through At&t or so I thought. Today while drooling over some Lumia 920 info I decided to check my At&t account to see when I was eligible for an upgrade and to my shock it said I was. I hope this is not a glitch or something because my girl friends iPhone on the same account which we got prior to my Lumia said she was not eligible till next summer but we got that directly from an At&t store. I am very confused but also happy that I might be able to get the 920 soon. Anybody seen anything like this going through amazon wireless?

breander wrote:

I purchased my Lumia 900 back around the beginning of the year from Amazon wireless with a new 2 year contract through At&t or so I thought. Today while drooling over some Lumia 920 info I decided to check my At&t account to see when I was eligible for an upgrade and to my shock it said I was. I hope this is not a glitch or something because my girl friends iPhone on the same account which we got prior to my Lumia said she was not eligible till next summer but we got that directly from an At&t store. I am very confused but also happy that I might be able to get the 920 soon. Anybody seen anything like this going through amazon wireless?

So, I checked my AT&T account and it says I'm eligible and it says "Great news! You qualify for an early iPhone upgrade with a new 2-year commitment.
Full upgrade available: November 02, 2013". Not sure why they consider that great news. I don't see anything about Lumia 920 preorders yet, but I definitely can't upgrade to anything else without paying full price.

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Here is what I see am I missing something?

I think that is showing that you can upgrade the iPhone on the account. You could probably upgrade the iPhone to a 920 then actually keep using the iPhone and the 920, retiring the 900. I'm not positive that would work, though.

Edit for clarity: So, the top is your upgrade option for the Lumia 900 that you have and the bottom is the upgrade option for the iPhone that you have on the account.

Edit 2: Nevermind! You are correct. I am jealous.

I'm reading it as the iPhone is eligible for an early upgrade to another iPhone, and the Lumia 900 is eligible for any kind of upgrade immediately.

My HD7 is falling apart. It took one too many hits from the toddler/tumbles from the pocket and is now a bit of a mess. WiFi no longer works, the camera no longer works, and the case is cracked and parts of it are breaking off. I'm on a pretty tight budget, so I'm not sure that I'd be able to afford one of the sexy new WP8 phones when they launch unless the initial payment is pretty low. Any reason I shouldn't consider getting another WP7 phone like the HTC Radar and just grabbing the next generation of WP8 phones?

I'm still happy with my Dell Venue Pro. If you can find a phone on ebay that works with your carrier I, personally, would be pretty happy with a WP7 phone. You should be able to find them cheap, too, with WP8 phones coming out.

AT&T announced pricing for 2-year contracts:

Lumia 920 = $99
Lumia 820 = $49
HTC 8X 8GB = $99
HTC 8X 16GB = $149

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/06/a...

Will definately be looking to get the 920 on Friday. At $99, it makes it hard to resist.

I'll have to see what the retail pricing is - I'm not eligible for an upgrade, but I reckon I can get $250-300 for reselling my iPhone...

Any word from T-Mobile on their pricing?

Edit: HTC 8X for $149; Lumia 820 for $99.

Them ore I consider it, the more I think I will lean to the 820. It's significantly lighter. My only comlaint with my current Quantum is that is is really heavy.

The 920 is actually going to be heavier. I think I might be willing to give up the much better camera for better the form function of the 820. I still want my phone to be smaller than what companies seemingly want to push smartphones towards.

Quantum - 6.27 oz.
Lumia 920 - 6.5 oz.
Lumia 820 - 5.6 oz.
HTC 8X - 4.58 oz.
HTC 8S - 3.99 oz.

Weight is obviously not the only factor. One thing I am going to want to see is how big of a screen I am going to want to have a comfortable keyboard. I opted for the Quantum because I loved the pull out keyboard. That doesn't seem like it is going to be an available feature on any WP8 phone. I won't sacrifice ease of typing for weight. So that will take getting the phones in my hands to really decide.

TexasRay wrote:

Will definately be looking to get the 920 on Friday. At $99, it makes it hard to resist.

I am jealous. I don't have an upgrade until early January. That's too close to spend extra $$$ to get one sooner. But it also feels like forever.

I guess I should appreciate that I will get time to see multiple impressions of the phones in the real world.

TexasRay wrote:

Will definately be looking to get the 920 on Friday. At $99, it makes it hard to resist.

Some customers will also get a free charging pad.

Best Buy now has the Verizon HTC 8X and Lumia 822 listed for $199 and $99. 8X and Black Lumia seem to be sold out with the white 822 listed as coming soon. Nothing on Verizon's page, yet.

Verizon starts taking pre-orders on their Win8 phones tomorrow (11/9) at 1AM. Given that I'm reliably unconscious by 11:15 it's decision time for me. Stay up and pre-order or take my chances in the morning.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/8/3618596/verizon-pre-order-htc-8x-nokia-lumia-822-november-9

I'm not going to be pre-ordering. My wife just got a promotion and she believes she will get a phone as part of the new job (waiting to hear back from HR). So now that I've waited for the iPhone 5 and now the WP8 phones what is another week. Of course by the time we actually switch providers maybe WP9 will be out.

Another question. Are WP7 apps able to run on WP8? I haven't seen anything about it so my guess is no.

If anyone's curious, I had no trouble ordering a HTC 8X through Verizon this morning. (Didn't think I would, but you never know.) The site says it'll ship on the 13th. Can't wait to be rid of my 5-year old clamshell phone. Maybe I can finally stop feeling like I need to take my iPad with me everywhere I go.

ubrakto wrote:

If anyone's curious, I had no trouble ordering a HTC 8X through Verizon this morning. (Didn't think I would, but you never know.) The site says it'll ship on the 13th. Can't wait to be rid of my 5-year old clamshell phone. Maybe I can finally stop feeling like I need to take my iPad with me everywhere I go.

I'm jealous, but at least I have a good WP7 phone to tide me over until January.

Got a Red Lumia 920 this morning from the AT&T store. Haven't played with it to much but the higher screen resolution is nice and the phone is much faster than my 900 was. The camera stabilization is pretty neat and the quality of the photos seem much better.

breander wrote:

Got a Red Lumia 920 this morning from the AT&T store. Haven't played with it to much but the higher screen resolution is nice and the phone is much faster than my 900 was. The camera stabilization is pretty neat and the quality of the photos seem much better.

Lucky you! Yeah, I checked att.com just to make sure that I couldn't upgrade, and I can't without coughing up $450. There are 2 things that are driving me crazy with the 900 right now. The first is that the subsonic app is just plain broken. It's frustrating enough that I don't hardly use it anymore. So, that means I can't listen to my music via my phone like I want to. Secondly, the new office where I work is a dead zone. For some stupid reason whenever it loses reception, the phone will never get the reception back when I go outside unless I turn airplane mode on and then off again. It's very stupid and makes me want to take out a sledgehammer and...

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
breander wrote:

Got a Red Lumia 920 this morning from the AT&T store. Haven't played with it to much but the higher screen resolution is nice and the phone is much faster than my 900 was. The camera stabilization is pretty neat and the quality of the photos seem much better.

Lucky you! Yeah, I checked att.com just to make sure that I couldn't upgrade, and I can't without coughing up $450. There are 2 things that are driving me crazy with the 900 right now. The first is that the subsonic app is just plain broken. It's frustrating enough that I don't hardly use it anymore. So, that means I can't listen to my music via my phone like I want to. Secondly, the new office where I work is a dead zone. For some stupid reason whenever it loses reception, the phone will never get the reception back when I go outside unless I turn airplane mode on and then off again. It's very stupid and makes me want to take out a sledgehammer and...

You know its weird one of my coworkers did the same thing as I did upgraded to the Lumia 900 from Amazon back at the beginning of the year and was also eligible for an upgrade.

If you're more than 6-months into a contract I'm told you can upgrade for $99 + $250 + 2 year renewal. You have to do this on phone or in the store though I think...

So has anyone gotten one of the new phones, yet?

EvilHomer3k wrote:

So has anyone gotten one of the new phones, yet?

Not yet - pre-ordered an HTC 8X through Costco online. It's $129 there vs $200 through Verizon (locked in for a while, plus AT&T is the only other provider available here). It won't ship for another week though.

I have the Lumia 920, although the order itself is a comedy of errors: charging me twice the price, skipping the charging plate, and somehow outright cancelling the data plan on that line as soon as I activated the new microSIM that came with it. It's noticeably heavier than its predecessor, the Samsung Focus. The software is as snappy as ever, and the new tile sizing options are easy to use--I scoffed at how much of a difference it would make until I started experimenting with them. The screen is gorgeous, and where the WVGA resolution on the Focus' 4.3" screen was noticeably pixelated, the new HD resolution keeps text nice and crisp when in the browser (images, however, exhibit the same blurriness sometimes reported on Apple "retina" displays}.

Defining characteristics of the O.S. like the People Hub and the way your accounts automatically populated from what you'd connected at profile.live.com don't appear to have changed all that much at the surface. The Zune branding is gone from the Music+Videos Hub, replaced by your "collection" of media purchased from the Store or DRM-free media that's been transferred to the device. Instant uploads of photos and videos to Skydrive are still available, and SkyDrive now gives you 7GB of space to work with for free. I haven't done much with the new Wallet app, but it did (creepily) have knowledge of a Discover Card and PayPal, methods I'd used to purchase Microsoft Points in the past. The only local deals it could find came from LivingSocial. Office is still included, although changed by having OneNote broken out into its own tile rather than part of the Office Hub. Pages in OneNote can still be pinned to the Start Screen, which I find useful for a basic shopping list since it syncs readily enough with Live Office's OneNote Web App and OneNote for iOS and Android. Xbox SmartGlass can be found in the Store, although I can't tell if it has any more functionality than its iOS and Android counterparts--it really wants your Xbox to be on whereas the other two don't seem as bothered if it can't be found.

I'd hoped to transition from a physical Zune to my Windows 7 phone, but the sound quality in music playback left a lot to be desired. It was noticeably noisy where the Zunes had always been lauded for their better than usual SnR. The Nokia's not quite as good, since I can still hear a little noise if I'm in a quiet room, but at my desk under the pink noise generators it's more than acceptable. Having an Xbox Music Pass means that playlists created from the Xbox Music app on Windows 8 are stored in the cloud--there are no files to store locally and they don't take up space on the phone. It's still possible to synctransfer media from a PC through Windows Explorer, and presumably anything supporting MTP including Windows Media Player. A horrible Beta tool is available to sync based on the contents of an iTunes or Windows Library. Podcasts are left out in the cold if you're using the Windows Library as your source, and TV shows that I've manually tagged in the Zune software just get all jumbled together when transferred across--the only category under Videos for me is All Videos. While some podcasts can be found in the Store, but from what I've read it might be easier to resign yourself to using iTunes for podcast management if you still prefer to do that at all using a PC.

So far, I'm liking it. The interface is still one I've learned to appreciate on a handheld, but now on hardware that is relatively competitive.

Thanks, Kurrelgyre. Can you still manage podcasts on the device, itself? Another question. Can you create playlists on the phone?

When browsing GWJ on WP8, does clicking on an "X number of recent posts" actually take you to the recent post or does it just take you to the top of the page like the stupid WP7 internet browser?

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

When browsing GWJ on WP8, does clicking on an "X number of recent posts" actually take you to the recent post or does it just take you to the top of the page like the stupid WP7 internet browser?

Biggest pet peeve I'm hoping will be fixed. Its not just GWJ, but all forums.