Is there any way to force the Nokia Black update on a Lumia 1020?

I know I should wait for my carrier to approve it first but that is where the problem comes in. You see my Lumia was a gift from Nokia South Africa and if I look in "extras + info" (see below) I see that it is a "mea" (Middle East & Africa I guess) model with no carrier listed. I therefore cannot find it on Nokia's Black update release status page because there is no country for "mea". Considering it therefore has no carrier to approve the update I guess I should already be able to get it but unfortunately my phone says that no update is available, I am therefore guessing that I will never get the update the official way. Does anyone know of an unofficial way?

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  • This is just IMHO, but isn't Mobile operator 000-55 responsible for pushing upgrade?
    – mpapec
    Jan 14 '14 at 16:17
  • @mpapec I have never heard of such an operator, any idea how I can determine if this is a real operator and what their name is?
    – Gerharddc
    Jan 14 '14 at 16:38
  • perhaps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_country_code
    – mpapec
    Jan 14 '14 at 16:44
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    Shouldn't the "country variant"-update apply to you?
    – akid
    Jan 14 '14 at 21:01
  • Any updates, @Gerhman? I'm in the same situation and I got tired of checking for updates with no result...
    – BBog
    Jan 20 '14 at 13:58

Ok I have figured out that my device is a generic model for quite a few countries in the Middle East, all of which have not yet received the Black update. I will try using this http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2515453 tutorial to change my phone to a South African model which as it may happen do already have the update. I know this can void my warranty but I doubt they will respect my warranty at the moment here in South Africa if it has firmware for the Middle East...


Till your mobile operator pushes it out for your handset the only option is to do it yourself, http://winsupersite.com/windows-phone/windows-phone-8-update-3-update-your-handset-today

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    Installing Update 3 doesn't give you the Lumia Black extras. Jan 14 '14 at 17:31
  • Which extras? App Folder? Glance 2.0? Beamer 1.1? You can download those after you do the update. Jan 14 '14 at 21:23
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    GDR3 and Nokia Black update are different
    – N K
    Jan 15 '14 at 3:54
  • Update to GDR3 and then download and flash the firmare for Black onto your device Jan 15 '14 at 14:10

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