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Will you be able to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6?


Answer: it depends.

In the past, when a new Windows Mobile version was released, the manufacturers and carriers (i.e., T-Mobile, Cingular/AT&T, Verizon Wireless, etc.) had several hurdles to overcome in order to offer you the upgrade (which is why they never did). The carriers had to: 1. pay Microsoft a license fee for the upgrade, 2. customize it for their devices, and 3. test it.

For Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft has eliminated hurdle #1. Per Smartphone Thoughts:

“We’ve just learned that Microsoft has given a free license to vendors who will upgrade their devices. So I think it’s clear that Microsoft understands the frustration that all of us feel when a new OS is released and are trying to change things. It’s expected that HTC will offer upgrades for any device with a keyboard – as all of you Dash/Excalibur users are already aware. Unfortunately we don’t know what Motorola or Samsung plan to do about this. The ball is in the carriers and manufacturers court. Let’s hope they don’t drop it.”

I know, if you’re a Samsung BlackJack or Motorola Q owner this doesn’t tell you if you’ll be able to upgrade to WM6 but now you know what’s involved with an upgrade.

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Filed under: Microsoft, Mobile Phone, Mobile Software, Smartphone, Windows Mobile

4 Responses

  1. excalibur hotel

    Hi. Thanks for the good read.

  2. koolio says:

    No problem. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. double o says:

    so how can i upgrage my windows mobie to windows mobile 6

  4. koolio says:

    When I did it, I had to get the WM6 installation file from T-Mobile. I don’t remember the exact process but I remember downloading the install file and then running it when my phone was connected to my computer.

    So, I’d check with your mobile carrier.

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