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Dell shocks the world (again), Tango update pushed out to the Venue Pro

Dell Venue Pro doing the Tango

While the Dell Venue Pro has been discontinued, we were surprised to see the Windows Phone receive the 8107 update pushed out to the phone.  It was equally surprising today to see the Tango update hit the unlocked Venue Pro. While forcing the Tango update on the Samsung Focus S, we connected the Dell Venue Pro up to the computer and sure enough, the update notices appeared on the screen.

There was no need to force the Venue Pro to recognize the update and the previous updates to Tango (7740, 8107, etc) were installed first. Needless to say, it has been a while since my Venue Pro had seen the light of day...

When all was said and done the OS version on the Dell Windows Phone is 7.10.8773.98 and the firmware version is 2250.1800.7720.219. Because the process dealt with several updates, for me, the entire process ran about ninety minutes. If you have been using your Dell Venue Pro more regularly than I, the process may be shorter.

The Dell Venue Pro is a decent Windows Phone (still can't get used to the buttons) and it's nice to see the Venue Pro getting a little update attention.

Thanks, everyone, for the tip!

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Dell shocks the world (again), Tango update pushed out to the Venue Pro

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No.  The compass isn't fixed, the buggy wifi driver isn't fixed, and anything else that takes a firmware fix isn't fixed.  If Dell would have continued firmware development and worked out all the bugs this would have been a VERY solid device.  I was holding out hope that they would do the right thing and let the DVP go out with a bug free bang with 7.8, but that's clearly not happening.

It had one at NoDo, but the firmware at Mango kept referencing the old driver files in Nodo so it is broken.

Omg... Dell!! I was sure we weren't getting the update... I wasn't going to even mention it... Just figured I would make due until I got a new wp8 phone and try not to be too bothered.... But I gotta say ...even though dell is out of the phone business (for now) they have done right by us.... Thanks for the info

I get the impression that Dell has been doing a great job supporting/updating the Venue Pro. They should make more WP phones.

What's sad is that they have the best designed portrait keyboard slider ever made. It's a shame they didn't support it better.

Oh, come now, if AT&T is a piece of shit, that leaves very little room to accurately describe my dear old Sprint.

Dell owns alienware and honestly I this MS should make some sort of deal for an alieware WP7 with a glowing OLED indicator activating when vibrate is on. People want visually speaking devices and that my friend would be over the top. I'd be all in for that one!

Thank you. I've been saying that forever. I'd buy an Alienware WP8 in a heartbeat. And you know it being Alienware it would be some quad core screamer.

I have the T-Mobile version that was unlocked by Dell after a few months. Still can't update mine... Though I do have the same Firmware version number but still at OS version 7.10.7720.68
Any way I can force it?

LG Quantum got it. Without even forcing it. Now enjoying 7.10.8773.98. Now if only I could get Hidden Wifi support. That would be helpful
 

Does anybody know if the update has been pushed to AT&T HTC Surround phones?
I'd appriciate it :) Thanks

What the hell ATT? When we we need updates you stall ss long as possible but when I go over my data, you don't even hesitate to send me notification telling me that I've been charged $10 for an additional GB.. Seriously!!

There are a large number of dell employees that have been issued the venue pro. It's actually one of few other WPs I've seen outside of a store. I work with dell quite a bit so I hear about it often, esp when the reps see that I have a WP. The reviews on them seem to be love hate, with most of the hate being that it has no street cred... Which is hard to argue against if that is important to someone. Aside from that, the actual hardware gets high reviews. Anyway, I think the significant number of internal users may have something to due with the continued support.

Do you own one? It's a safe bet that you don't. The DVP is the best of tge Gen 1 hardware. If it wasn't for a few firmware issues, it would've been right up there with the Titan as best WP hardware, period....before Nokia got involved. My HD7 is kinda ugly, very underwhelming, and has done nothing but collect dust since I bought my DVP. Troll harder.

My HD7 after five months the volume button fail off.That's when I ordered a VP from Dell,and I'm very pleased with my decision best phone ive ever owned.

Seems like Nokia and Dell really care about their customers maybe HTC too if they did release the update to their cutomers i don't know if they did all im going to say well done Dell

Another reason to get first Gen wp7 especially venue pro over tango devices with 256mb of ram...

Well if the DVP didn't get new firmware but only the generic updates from MS, then frankly all Dell did was approving them. Maybe after testing them.
Nothing to be excited really.

Venue Pro was actually one of the most slick Windows Phone 7 lauch devices. It's sad that Dell ended it.

Is there a way to know that my Venue Pro is officially unlocked or not, I live in Jordan (Middle East) and I'm running it on a local carrier sim card but the problem is that my software is still on 7.10.7720.68 and I really want to know how to update

Dell checked my service tag and replied with :
" this unit was sold as a locked unit. It is locked to the T-Mobile network. As a rule, we don't provide unlocked codes for devices which were sold locked, but if you'd like to try sending any other questions regarding this, please email unlockcoderequest@dell.com."

so I opened the Engineering Mode in my phone and looked at the security, it was
(Unlock / GLEOS2A_US_TMO_SIMLoc1_001) 
what does that mean? was it unlocked by hacking or an official unlock code? and the most important thing is HOW CAN I GET THE UPDATE!!!!

According to Tmo forums, HTC has both OS and firmware updates available. After installing both the tethering-related WiFi bug will be fixed.

Supposedly forcing an update works, though I couldn't manage to trigger it after an hour of trying last night. Wondering if the latest Zune software update did something. It used to be easy for me to trigger a forced update. But it could be that the updates are not yet available on TMo's systems.

Really glad to see Dell still supporting the DVP. I'm a little more inclined to consider them for a laptop or desktop again.

No update for HTC HD7 I'm so done with HTC. Can't wait to own a Nokia Windows Phone 8 Smartphone, hopefully November

Not that I don't appreciate the Tango update for the Dell Venue Pro, as I'll be keeping mine until the Win8 Phones arrive, but Dell does not deserve any accolades here. They have not updated the firmware, unlike other manufacturers, with any of the updates since last July, even though there are several significant problems, at least one of which has been shown can be easily resolved. They are not willing to spend any time, whatsoever, for customers of this product. This update is all thanks to Microsoft. I suspect this is in preparation for the required update to version 7.8, as the Zune update mechanism will be officially phased out, since the Zune client is also. This is the main reason for 7.8, although the media have been slow to understand that fact.