Microsoft: Sprint & Telefonica still testing Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update

By Tom Warren, on 27th Sep 11 1:21 pm with 24 Comments

Microsoft revealed on Tuesday that U.S. network operator Sprint and Spanish operator Telefonica are both still testing the company’s upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update.

Microsoft is widely expected to launch Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” on a variety of existing devices on Tuesday but Sprint and Telefonica devices may have face a delay. The software giant updated its “Where’s my phone update?” pages on Tuesday to indicate that all network operators worldwide, apart from Sprint and Telefonica, are in the scheduling phase for Windows Phone 7.5. Microsoft has promised that existing devices will receive the update in the next week or two.

Telefonica and Sprint are both marked as “testing”, a process controlled by the network operator. Microsoft explains that carriers perform mobile operator network and quality tests. “These tests can vary by mobile operator, software update, and device,” says Microsoft. Operators can also include device-specific improvements or customizations for their particular network. Microsoft originally delivered its pre-NoDo update on February 21, followed by the full NoDo update on March 22. Telefonica and others have stalled on carrier testing to allow the update to be pushed to their devices.

It’s not immediately clear when Sprint and Telefonica Windows Phone 7.5 updates will be available for customers on those particular carriers. Sprint’s own support pages indicate that the company could be preparing to release the update on September 27.  AT&T is expected to start distributing Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” updates to most of its devices on September 27. A leaked memo revealed that the company will offer Windows Phone 7.5 to HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus 1.3 devices initially. AT&T will be rolling out Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” to the HTC HD7S in early to mid-October and the revision 1.4 version of the Samsung Focus should receive the update by the end of October.

Microsoft revealed last week that Windows Phone 7 users should expect to see the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update within the next two weeks. Microsoft warned users not to install leaked copies of Windows Phone 7.5. “Every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer,” explained Microsoft’s Eric Hautala. “Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.” Copies of leaked Windows Phone 7.5 RTM builds have been made available for various devices over the past several weeks.

  • Andrew Tech Help
    I’m having a guess that Microsoft’s Chart was probably prepared a few days ago and they’ve forgotten to add Sprint in BECAUSE, as that article says, Sprint have comfirmed on their support page that Mango is coming September 27th.

    • Tom W

       Yeah let’s hope the Sprint support article is correct and Microsoft’s page is wrong.

    • Andrew Tech Help

      yup, MS updated the Chart (thought it was a few days old). Sprint is now Delivering Updates like the rest of the carriers in the world. Only one still “Testing” is Telefonica…..

    • Zach

      Verizons Support article also says that the WP7 marketplace now has “17,000 apps” – a number surpassed months ago. I honestly hope everyone gers their update soon and with no problems, but unfortunately, none of the carriers know what their doing..

  • Entegy

    Oh look, the worst carrier last time around is doing it again. No suprise there, Telefonica.

  • Erikpvb

    Telefonica is no surprise. A good thing I upgraded to NoDo the “Hungarian” way otherwise I still wouldn’t have NoDo on my Omnia7. I am seriously considering changing provider when my contract is up after 10 years of sticking with Telefonica. I liberated my phone recently so hopefully this will mean I can update sooner.

  • martin anderson

    I am assuming its because of the daily Siestas in Spain :P

    • Guest

      When you’ve got women that look like Penelope Cruz, I’d be hitting the sack mid-afternoon too.

    • Lmalibran

      That´s so cliché. Kind of patronizing too.

  • s b k

    As a Sprint customer, I am hoping they get new phones as well, for WP7 to succeed like it can all carriers need to feel the Mango love not just AT&T and T-Mobile. I am dying to get my hands on a WP7 but want more choices than just the Arrive. 

  • Morgan

    AT&T was supposed to begin rolling out Mango today but the Where is my Update page lists them as scheduling. Looks like we were teased again. I hate Apple but dammit when they say an update is coming… it happens. Very frustrating.

    • Anonymous

      It’s only 9am. Geez. And don’t forget MS never said it will be today.

  • Simplycani

    Did anyone received the mango update ?

  • Anonymous

    Why must we be getting carrier software with WP7? Apple does not allow Verizon or ATT to touch iOS!

    • Republican 2012

      Iphone are just overly hype phones and totally suck! Wp 7.5 is best OS and most stable and fast. Dont be jealous Apple Troll just because Wp7.5 has best UI look while iphone still have same ugly icons and body design. Also when will apple iphone have FLASH?????

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    wow i feel bad for people with Telefonica. the worst thing is they will start operations in my country soon… i guess they will suck the same… nah more than Spain one! but maybe my country could get Windows Phone thanks to them. it would be nice to be able to get a WP7 without buying it on amazing at full price.

    • Guest

      The Spanish have a more fluid definition of time ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Sprint is shipping update at 1pm CST, they went from scheduling to delivering on the “Where is mango” web page today.

  • MyNameHere

    “To help ensure quality, software updates are typically sent out gradually and/or
    in batches, so it might take several weeks before you receive notice that an
    update is available for your phone”

    Don’t hold your breath that you will get the update TODAY. With my luck, I’d probably get it 3 weeks from now.

  • Mikado_Wu

    My Sprint Arrive is installing the update right now.  FYI, I was already running the 7720 build.

    • Mikado_Wu

      From build 7720, the update only took 10 minutes.  I did not have to roll back, this was easier then when I put 7720 in the first place.

  • Erikpvb

    So according to Emilio of Movistar forums Telefonica should be finished testing by the week commencing October 10th, after which it is up to Microsoft to distribute the update to Mango.
    Here’s to that! I’ll wait to flash my Omnia7 now to see if Movistar will get the job done on time!

  • aramadsanar

    well, you can download packages from here (english only) and

  • Republican 2012

    wp 7.5 is best OS and most reliable smartphone. Android is laggy and battery eater while Iphone 4S was a total copycat of some wp 7.5 features.