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New hack brings NoDo to some unbranded Windows Phones

So long as the carriers delay the NoDo update, it looks like people will find a way to force it to happen. Earlier we showed you how to do it on the T-Mobile US HD7, now some folks have figured out how to force it on unbranded/carrier unlocked devices, including the Omnia 7 and 7 Pro. [Update: but others are reporting it not working on the Surround or Mozart, in short, your mileage may vary]

While not hard per se, it is a bit tricky and involves evidently spoofing the Zune server into pushing you the update. One thing is certain, timing is everything as you need to make sure your data connection is turned off at the right moment.

We obviously haven't tried this ourselves, so we encourage you to be careful, but it at least appears many are having success in using this method. Check out the directions after the break and read what others are saying at XDA about it here.

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  1. Connect your phone to the PC
  2. Disable WLAN in your phone but be sure to have FLIGHT MODE off
  3. Start Zune and keep it running all the time
  4. Switch to your carrier settings on the phone
  5. Manually search for an update within Zune
  6. After a few seconds (about 10-15 seconds for me) disable data transfer on the already opened settings tab on your phone --> The update shows up!
Source: XDA, DawnRazrBlade; Thanks, @yfbc, @Kostija, for the heads up


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cannon#WP says:

I'd like to know if anyone in the US has gotten this to work.

Focus is near exclusive to AT&T, so no on that one and we really don't have any unbranded devices, so can't see how it would work.

Ton77 says:

Hmm I'll be keeping my eye on this. (Focus)And if you pay the $99 developers fee to unlock the phone does it also unbrand the device?

piaqt says:

AFAIK, No. :\

HD7guy says:

The developer program may not unbrand the device, but IIRC it generally gives you access to updates before the masses.

Actually, it doesn't. That's a big complaint form devs. I have 3 dev devices, none have NoDo due to early-access, because MS doesn't have anything like that in place.(In fairness, it'd be hard too because you can dev-unlock *any* Wp7 phone, regardless of carrier, branding, make, etc.)

HD7guy says:

Well, that kinda bites. How are you supposed to be ready for cut/copy/paste, etc. if you can't test the features?Oh well, not like I have an app near ready for release anyway...

ChrisLynch says:

MS expects developers to either buy a Developer specific phone, which is carrier unlocked and requires no contract, or use the WP7 Emulator. Granted, devs would love to test their software on physical devices, and being an amature developer myself, I would concur.You can unbrand any device. There are tricks over on XDA-Developer on how to do this for the various phones.

HD7guy says:

Maybe if/when AT&T screws over T-Mo customers I'll go for a dev phone. It'd be cool if the dev phones worked on any carrier, but that's probably wishful thinking as well.

Falk#WP says:

I just did this, worked on first try with Swedish unbranded LG Optimus 7. Currently at step 6 of 10 :)

TheWeeBear says:

Well it worked fine here on my Omnia 7 (3 UK) I'm impressed. :)

Koki.v3 says:

Confirmed working on my Omnia 7. I did have to wait about 13 seconds and it took about 20 tries for the update to appear.

HD7_user says:

I would like to confirm that it works. I did update my HD7. But strangely enough my HTC Hub live tile stopped working :( It does update the weather, but the tile pinned to start shows the old weather (before the update). Reinstallation of the HTC Hub didn't help. Weird...

Samsung Omnia 7, TMO UK, dont work!Just release the blooming update this is a joke having people "hack" the devices just to get basic functions!

Unbranded Samsung Omnia 7, Czech rep., works fine for me :-) I had to wait 28 seconds and it took about 10 tries to figure out the right timing. I used wifi connection - I disabled celular data in step 2 before clicking Updates in zune and then disabled WiFi after 28 seconds of searching for updates.

aliencatos says:

Still no update fo my T-Mob HD7 probabely cuz I'm in canada... after a few try of this hack, it work... I add to cut the DATA connection after 10 sec aprox...