Have stories of bricked phone put you off buying a WP7 handset?

Summary:The first update to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform has left some Samsung owners with bricked handsets. Has this hiccup, happening so early on in the Windows Phone lifecycle, put you off buying a handset?

The first update to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform has left some Samsung owners with bricked handsets. Has this hiccup, happening so early on in the Windows Phone lifecycle, put you off buying a handset?

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Here's what we know:

  • Only Samsung handsets - Omnia and possibly Focus - are affected.
  • Only handsets with specific firmware versions are affected - more details here.
  • The handset's built-in "download mode" might be able to unbrick your handset - details here.
  • Microsoft has now suspended distribution of the update to Samsung handsets, although some readers say that they are still seeing the update.
  • We don't know how many people have been affected, but the numbers appear to be very low.

[UPDATE: WinRumors has outlined a possible fix for the WP7 update handset bricking problem. It's long and convoluted, involved downloading firmware from untrusted sources and there are no guarantees ... but it could bring your bricked handset back to life.]

[UPDATE 2: Microsoft issues comment on the matter here.]

Topics: Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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