AT&T says GDR2 and Amber update ready, should come tomorrow for Lumia 820 and 920

File this one under hopeful, but AT&T via their support forums have confirmed that the Windows Phone 8 GDR2 OS update and accompanying Amber firmware from Nokia has been cleared for the Lumia 820 and 920.

ETA? Tomorrow, October 10th.

Now we should be clear that this isn’t an AT&T or Nokia press release and Nokia’s own webpage has not yet been updated to reflect this news (it still says ‘waiting for approval’). However, a Community Manager did post the information, and it seems too detailed and confident to just be a rumor. Indeed, the Community Manager is an employee of AT&T so it has some credibility to it.

The posting specifically states:

“AT&T has completed testing the Nokia Lumia 820/920 Windows Phone software update on our network. We expect Microsoft to make the update available beginning 10/10. When the software update is available for you to download, Windows Phone will notify you so you can download it directly over a Wi-Fi connection. We appreciate your patience.”

That sounds like a slam dunk to our ears but of course until we start to see it rollout, usually at 1PM ET, we’ll still take it with a grain of salt.

The AT&T Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 are some of the last devices to get the GDR2 and Amber updates. Users have becoming increasingly strident at the delay, becoming very vocal in AT&T and Windows Phone Central communities. At least now there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

It was just nine days ago that AT&T stated the updates were coming in the “coming weeks” and that now appears to be the case.

Nokia’s Amber update will bring improved image processing, flip to silence, FM radio, call + SMS blocking, Lumia color profile and Nokia Smart camera, while Microsoft’s GDR2 will fix Other storage and improve things like Xbox Music.

Source: AT&T Forums; Thanks, Owen H., M and Caddy, for the tips



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Josh Harman says:

Poppin' bottles.
Not really. I'm on Verizon, but I'm sure AT&T customers will be excited.

Daylife says:

Is this real life?

carlosrdd says:

About damn time! If it's not we Riot!!!

But where the fuck is GDR3???

3 months after everyone else gets it ;)

Josh Harman says:

I think your math is off.

koenshaku says:

maybe they had trouble with the wiretapping or something..

T Moore says:

Ask microsoft.

Ezra Brooks says:

Ha! Was thinking the same...ciming very soon, I suppose!

Chris Yahya says:

Where is GDR4?!?!?!?

jvanlew says:

Is this just fantasy?

ncxcstud says:

Caught in a landslide...

ccaballero says:

No escape from reality...

dk_banaah says:

Open your eyes...

Look up to the skies....

Look up to skies and see

HillBillJr says:

Mamaa, I just ...

Gurggles says:

Killed a man....

log0n says:


Put a gun against his head...

lippidp says:

Called him Tigger, but he's Fred.

adamx98 says:

Ok, now... Ok, now I.. I have two fingers. Four fingers.

Fndlumia says:

Love how he says we expect Microsoft to make the update available from 10/10 as if it was Microsoft holding it back when it was AT&T.

Graven Pshya says:

Everyone is using Microsoft as a scapegoat nowadays.

T Moore says:

It comes off the Microsoft update servers.

PeadarWagon says:

Life has just begun!

K_lando says:

oops... nevermind

DaveGx says:

Yeah, but remember. We don't get data sense. Another reason to not be that stoked about this.

Nik Rolls says:

I thought Data Sense went to everyone with this update?

AMRooke says:

AT&T stripped Data Sense from the Amber/GDR2 version that was delivered on the Lumia 1020s, and I was told by an AT&T representative that the update also would not include Data Sense.  The representative said that initial tests had some network problems caused by the update, but I don't buy that argument.
When I heard that Data Sense would not be coming, I went ahead and flashed the ROM on my Lumia 920 to unbrand AT&T (flashed to Rogers and European Developer versions), then it immediately received the complete Amber/GDR2 update (including Data Sense) and my phone has not experienced any network issues.  In fact, it is working better than ever.  If not for the voided warranty and small risk of bricking the phone, my wife would also flash her phone.  I won't update to a new device (e.g. 1020) until AT&T begins delivering the full OS and updates, or I may just move my family and company accounts to Verizon.

goldenpipes says:

Which euro rom did u flash to? The one I tried gave me a load of trouble. The LTE showed up as L. And anytime I would try to make a call it would drop it and I'd get a ton of reboots/blackouts.

Luckily I was able to flash back to stock and replace the device at my device support center. Didn't flash the replacement so I'm not sure if it was that phone or a bad flash.

Also I have grandfathered in unlimited data so I won't miss data sense at all.

loveleo says:

I thought no one was able to flash back to stock rom. Most people were saying once you take the ota on pre-portico Rogers, you cannot get back. Can you share how you flashed back on juan6996's guide post in Lumia 920 forum here?

goldenpipes says:

I used the Rogers pre portico rom then flashed back to stock at&t.

The trick for me was trying different versions of NCS. I kept getting the incorrect FFU error so I would just uninstall NCS and remove all traces of Nokia on my system reinstall oldest version of NCS that I could find with the usercfg hack.

And I was able to flash pre portico Rogers.

I tried for days and it finally worked.

please let me know which version of NCS you used. thanks

monotheist says:

Please share instructions, i want to get rid of the AT&T build, it has lots of restrictions.
AT&T arm twists nokia to remove some settings and features, u cannot swap between 2g and 3g. 3g drains a lot of battery and there is no way in hell to move to 2g to save battery life. There is no data sense and there are many other settings missing. 

This is something a custom rom can fix. Unfortunately, the last time I checked (it's been awhile thought), no one over at XDA-Developers has put out rom tools for the new Windows Phone 8 rom format for all of the device roms.

Planblover08 says:

Everyone voice your concerns here. https://www.facebook.com/#!/ATT?hc_location=stream
I did so and pple are getting pretty vocal.
UPDATE2: Nicole also replied from AT&T. She is probably an intern...
UPDATE: Tracie A. (AT&T FB page manager) responded to my post. So if you want to give her a piece of your mind comment here (on my post). https://www.facebook.com/#!/ATT/posts/10151886780983909?comment_id=29647...

prowade says:

I just pooped a little...

JoeDizzle33 says:

You can say that again.

Lumia 8x says:

He just pooped little.

prowade says:

I just pooped a little...

dakranii says:

You can say that again again

Lumia 8x says:

He just popped little for twice now.

jmikla says:

As long as it wasn't Church of Fudge!

Does this now mean WPC's comments will halve because people will stop talking about it?! ;-)

I'm praying to the god I don't believe in that this happens, lol

sundawg#WP says:

Just post more stuff about Fox News if comments are too few.

fpostrow says:

Or better yet, post an article about how MSNBC and Al Jazeera are all using iPhones and iPads. ;-)

rodneyej says:

Instagram❔❔❔❔❔.. Lol❗

cesar ruiz1 says:

Please don't write that again I think no one saw it......

andrew1967 says:

thor god of thunder hearing your prayers will smash at&t if they don't deliver.

JackG058 says:

Hulk smashes, Thor hammers.  Together they make at&t have Sense.

toph36 says:

You have probably seen this.  It is worth an article.  Very cool...  I see a Lens within the Nokia Camera to take images that will work best on the Glance screen.  I tried to use a regular photo, but it doesn't come out too well.  But the stock images they include look great.

Vistaus says:

Nah, they're gonna start with commenting about how they will not get the upcoming GDR3 lol.

JoeDizzle33 says:

We'll see if we can get GDR3 on time from ATT. :)

Stevied1991 says:

You will as long as you are willing to change your personal definition of "on time" a bit.

marcomura says:

Maybe they will be replaced by italian 920 users.
Take a look at this http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/availability-in-europe/ and look the Italians 920 country variant :/

Vistaus says:

Yeah, if even the unlocked/unbranded country variant for the Italian 920 isn't released yet then AT&T people need to shut their pie holes. I mean, carriers is one thing but a country variant not released yet? That is absurd!

Fritzly says:

This is completely untrue: I have an unbranded Italian 920 and I received Amber in early September

marcomura says:

You are one of the few, or maybe your phone isn't italian... what does it say under manufacturer name & mobile operator?

Fritzly says:

Not really...
I am Italian and I bought my phone in Rome.
IT Country Variant
Firmware 1326.2006
Mobile operator 000 IT
Besides all my friends there who own a Lumia have received the update.

marcomura says:

I don't know.
There are a lot of 920 unbranded without amber, and I have one of them.
You can see the discussion about that here: http://discussions.nokia.com/t5/Aggiornamenti-software/Lumia-Amber-inizia-il-rilascio-dell-aggiornamento/td-p/2064592/highlight/false/page/20

Fritzly says:

By any chance is your Firmware:
1232.5957.1308.0003 ?
If so it is a well known issue and no new build to update that specific firmware has been released.
Anyway you could manually update to the latest without risk for the warranty:
Post #42

marcomura says:

Yes, I have that firmware.
And no, I don't want to update manually... mainly because I will lose the apps data that, thanks to MS, I cannot back up. Thanks anyway.
Anyway, Nokia has just released the amber update for the 820s *.0003, so I hope that for the 920s may be relased anytime soon.

h_portal says:

The thing is that if you have an at&t (rm820) 920, you can't safely flash it with another rom (I mean completely safely) if you have an rm821 you can. For example we don't have Amber in Peru yet, but I had flashed an 620 and its working like a charm, plus now its unbranded

sinime says:

No, we don't have GDR3 yet :(

K_lando says:

dang it... nevermind again... I really should read the full string of comments before commenting... lol

AR2186 says:

Hope it doesn't do to your 920's what it did to my 928...

AR2186 says:

Usually fine, but my screen often becomes unresponsive and I have to lock then unlock the phone or do a soft reset. Hard reset didn't solve the problem

Menzlo says:

That's been happening on my 920 without the gdr2/amber update.

Kristijan87 says:

That has been hapenning to my 620 since day one. Amber actually reduced the number of screen freezes from tens a day to two times since the update... :/

I sometimes get this problem in specific apps. Also, the time it takes to soft reset was increased, I think. That threw me off at first. Other than that, GDR2 has been flawless on my 928.

K_lando says:

This... I've had apps I had to remove too and once I did, everything was back to normal.  i'm about to get rid of Tetris Blitz because its wonky and freezes sometimes.

ninny1176 says:

My 928 works fine...what happened?

rodneyej says:


Clavitox says:

My 521 will randomly do that too actually

I get this sometimes on the 1020 and previously on the 920. Don't know if it's Microsoft or Nokia, but it's not a big deal.

sdreamer says:

That's hardware related. My 2 month old cyan 920 just went through that... Crappy ATT warranty. I lost my cyan 920 ended up with white. Nice but not the color I wanted.

alikokce says:

let's see how many phones will get bricked during this update lol

rodneyej says:

Don't say that❕

Half the Lumia phones are already bricks anyway.

fwaits says:

Bro, do you even lift?

dreonedon says:

Yes I love at&t now again

Brian Brown2 says:

Nah, AT&T can still suck my hairy nutz. Terrible CS and second only to Verizon in cost, even with my work discounts.

BoBallistic says:

Shiit I have had an incredible experience with customer service, and cell service.

dreonedon says:

Yes I love at&t now again

PicodeGalla says:

I disagree with you, AT$T is still Gucking Freedy!!!

Seriously... Tbh I would have gotten a BB10 phone this year if not for their required "business" plan, which is complete fucking bullshit

Brian Brown2 says:

I use the business plan anyway due to the discounts I get, comes out to about the same as a regular plan, and I get 5GB data and tethering. Didn't realize how much I like tethering.

that does sound like a good deal for your situation, but there's no way i'd ever use up 5 gb anyway. tbh my 2gb plan is already too much for me. i'd be paying twice as much money (since i'm part of a family plan) for features i don't even use. but i guess in that sense it's analogous to requiring a data plan for smartphones.
 blackberry should really get att to change that policy since it's clear with BB10 they are trying to break into the mainstream market.

Winnabe says:

Ummm....bucking fullshit, there, I corrected that for ya.

Quin 2013 says:

HAAA! I see what you did there! ;D

Ultimateone says:


jlynnm350z says:

We expect Microsoft to make the update available starting 10/10. I thought they made it available months and months ago.

Mystictrust says:

Yep. Gotta love their careful wording there

cesar ruiz1 says:

Yup those are at&t words always saying its someone's else fault.

Awesome keep it coming with the good news for Windows Phone!

Vistaus says:

How is it possible the AT&T update comes this early? GDR3 and the 1520 aren't even released yet!

This is gdr2 not 3

ImSoWade says:

He was being sarcastic lol

Sarcasm doesn't travel through the internet very well lol

Warren Dance says:

It does if you take a second to think...

alikokce says:

I think that AT&T should still give us a prize or a credit for being this late though. Dont you think yall?

Vistaus says:

Agreed. But only if other carriers also do that. There are still a few 820/920 devices in the world not updated by their carriers. So if they also gonna give credit then I'd agree.

jchapman01 says:

Ooh, a prize!! Any old company can give me a credit on my bill... I'll prolly just spend it at the bar anyway... Nope gimme that oversized stuffed tiger!

F60Outrunn says:

so what are you guys gonna moan about next when AT&T finally get the update ready? seriously EVERY post on WP central had a comments about AT&T!!!!

DaveGx says:

We had every right to. If you don't have ATT then you really have no business whining about those who do and spoke out.

Vistaus says:

You do realize that there are still even some unlocked/unbranded country variants that haven't released Amber yet, do you? Let alone carriers. I'm not saying you didn't have the right to, I'm just saying that there are people outside of AT&T also still waiting.

I disagree @DaveGx. You don't have a "right" to spam our comments with AT&T-focused complaints on non-AT&T articles. It was very frustrating and disappointing to see that behavior here.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed by the frequency of hyperbolic and overly-dramatic complaints about a simple OS update, all coming from one group of people.

Well, that what make WPcentral fun. We talk about what makes up happy and we complain about things that get in our nerves, regardless of the article's topic.

K_lando says:

Theres this thing they call 'forums' for that.

rodneyej says:

So,,, all those off topic comments I'm always making you don't like❔ Wow.. I didn't know I was so hated here... Going to put my head in a wall now....

89caps says:

Daniel, this site is so much fun because of the community. I even laugh out loud at the some of the comments and the way that community comes together around topics and even each other's comments. I understand that it takes away from constructive conversation, but most of the time that happens when there is something to talk about. Otherwise, it is just the community expressing their feelings. Forums are fine, but the diversity is found in the comment section.

bguy_1986 says:

ditto... most places I don't bother with looking at the comments.  Here I've got to.  Whether it's an article I actually care about or not, I want to see what some of the comments say.

Winnabe says:

Are you really talking about the weather there? :s

bguy_1986 says:

duh.... fixed it.

clappenings says:

In other news, I have NY cheesecake in my refrigerator

slimz0r says:

Sharing is caring

DaveGx says:

Well, I can agree with np spamming. But I think we've a right to complain not just die to the wait. But how were getting screwed out of data sense as well

dalydose says:

It wasn't any worse than the Cult of Instagram spamming every article and even with options available to them, they STILL complain.
The off-topic stuff should all cease. With that in mind, I'm glad that AT&T will be releasing this OS update. I'm annoyed that they'd remove Data Sense.
Should we start PRE-complaining about GDR3??? :)

ejb222 says:

" Daniel, That's your moral compass but what good is it to me? "


PicodeGalla says:

I have to disagree with you on this point. If this is a sign of things to come, whats not to say that when a major update does come out like, for example, 8.1, that it too will be delayed for months. AT$T is a huge company with unlimited resources in one of the richest countries in the world, there should be no excuse as to why their customers are not receiving the updates on day one, in fact they should pride themselves on that.

This might be a first, definitely can't remember another time, but I do not agree with you. As to your last comment. Any and every complaint made is always coming from one/group of people. So in this instance you failed to see the point therefore you were "frustrated and disappointed". I felt the same frustration about stupid instagram, however over at&t I found myself amused and relieved at most comments. So there you have two examples two different groups one I liked one I didn't but that's what makes this place so great. When I come here I never know what I'm going to get and it leaves me coming back to this specific community more than any other. Just my opinion though, hopefully it will ease your frustration. :)

Pepe D Vegas says:

I on the other hand voice simple complaints on point in the right posts about the company getting so many exclusives taking so long on a update. Give me a break they certainly don't waste any time collecting my money for there overpriced service.

Jabid21 says:

I use T-Mobile but my 920 is the at&t version. So should I whine?

schlubadub says:

There is a time & place though. Raging about AT&T in a game review, for example, is pretty rude and has nothing to do with the article.

Lumia 8x says:

In soviet Russia, the game review article spam you!

Yea lets rage about instagram again

Clavitox says:

My brother makes $1000000000 an hour working from his laptop. Go to this website www.wpcentral.com and you to can make that much

rodneyej says:


Not me, but then I have a lot of patience.

DaveGx says:

Yay....... Now if we have to wait as long for GDR3 when its released, I'm done with ATT.

about time...from my Lumia 822

N@vX says:

Yeah finally!!

I'm happy for the AT&T customers! Finally

But now if it does not come out on 10/10 then that guys going to not have a job anymore and his house mite be threatened buy nearby Nokia fans

Or he means 10/10/14 ;)

Vistaus says:


EXPECTED on 10/10. Doesn't mean that it'll come, it might as well be 10/11 or 10/12. But the guy's expectation is tomorrow.

Mystictrust says:

The way it was worded, perhaps they are hoping that people will bother MS instead of ATT if the update doesn't arrive on the 10th
... Smart, really ;)


fpostrow says:

Yea but what about GDR2/Amber on my ATT 920? What? oh wait a minute while I go back and actually read the article. OOOOOOoooooooooooh. Sorry.

FrankEpr says:


cddigi says:

About damn time.

Forc3 says:

Hail to the unapologetically magical god of a T and tea.

IceDree says:

Halalalalalalallaulalalalala !!!!
About time, hopes its true.

P.S. I'm not a Lumia user or an AT&T subscriber & I got my GDR2 update on my HTC 8X months ago right when it came out

Cristoby says:

Yeah, the one that screwed my friends 8x: it reboots several times a day. I'm having a hard time trying to convince him to wait for GDR3 for a fix...

Cristoby says:

... That's under AT&T, of course.

IceDree says:

Ouch , sorry to hear that. Mine is working fine .

That must be a defect or something, tell him to reset the OS.

lbaxter says:

My first 8X did this after GDR2. It also suffered hot battery and rapid battery loss. The warranty model I got only reboots every week or so. :)

Better late than never!

Pazuzu195 says:

Would you look at that?  Too bad I was able to get AT&T to give me my upgrade almost a year and a half in advance yesterday....

rwalrond says:

I have an unlocked 1020 from AT&T I wonder, once GDR2 is released will DataSense be available to everyone? Including my 1020?

The 1020 comes standard with gdr2, so probably not

i'm pretty sure that att will never allow data sense to be downloaded on their store or through their updates.

SomeGuy11 says:

I love how they say "Microsoft should make it available". They already have. Its YOU ATT!

111san says:

in a strange way I was hoping this update wouldn't come till the 1520 lands and I could somehow whine an atnt rep into submission and convince them to give me an early upgrade on my 920....

Ian Too says:

And suddenly the mystery is solved! ;-)

sasukeluffy says:

Now to get it for my Samsung Ativ S, Finland, Elisa...

A Fin using a Samsung? You must be one in a million lol

sasukeluffy says:

Worst mistake I've ever made...

Selfie13 says:

Its a g-d miracle!

freshairr says:

Do I want to upgrade though?
I've read reports of how the camera in the procam app (and then later affecting the default camera app) is making images blurry and colors aren't as accurate.

lcw731 says:

From day 1 my images have looked like they were taken by a blind man riding a donkey. Honestly, I don't understand why everyone thought the 920 has such a great camera. It has been on par with most cell phone cameras I have had over the years.

dcutting says:

Must be user error or a bad unit because my 920 takes great shots.

sManowar says:

Hopefully that's true. I was so tired of waiting (and to use as some stupid excuse) that I bought a Lumia 1020.

Miistercoool says:


RaRa85 says:

I'm guessing you're excited.lol

Miistercoool says:


rockstarzzz says:

This is Daniel's April Joke posted early by mistake. Well played, sirs.

donkhalil18 says:

Good news for my fellow American *cheers

RaRa85 says:

Ooh please let it be true. And I hope this applies to unlocked Lumias as well as I'm rocking mine on the T-Mobile network.

Shay Legacy says:

Me too!! Its too bad that I'm selling it after this update comes out. I hate ATT.

Z51Corvete says:

Ahllelluya praise the lord I must be dead

Kreblon says:


Come on man, you weren't even close. I know whatever you typed that on has a spell check.