There were reports last year that you would be able to opt-out of carrier restrictions on OS updates for windows phone:


Is this still possible or did they drop this idea?

(I ask because I see there was a new version(s) released 12-Jul-2013 but my Lumia 720 still seems stuck on the version from Dec 2012 and finds no updates when I run it manually)


There is currently no opt-out for the carrier approval processes, and the only way to get direct updates is to re-flash your device with country-variant firmware.

This functionality was widely rumoured (and Microsoft even alluded to it) but it didn't make the cut. Possibly in 8.1?

  • Thanks Nik, I thought that might be the case. (PS: Your profile pic looks familar.. Geekzone forums?)
    – mutex
    Jul 30 '13 at 5:03
  • Do you have a reference for it not being in WP8 at all?
    – Rowland Shaw
    Jul 30 '13 at 11:29
  • @mutex Probably geekzone, though I'm around there too often.
    – Nik Rolls
    Jul 30 '13 at 23:54
  • @RowlandShaw Unfortunately no definitive reference to support that, however I speak from experience (owning a carrier-branded device), the fact that this feature has no mention in the Windows Phone guides on windowsphone.com, and the following two (albeit unofficial) answers on Microsoft Community: answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/forum/wp8-wpupdate/… & answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/forum/wp8-wpupdate/…
    – Nik Rolls
    Jul 31 '13 at 2:09

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