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Microsoft insists on update to Windows Phone 7.5

Microsoft insists on update to Windows Phone 7.5

26 April 2012

Update or be blocked from downloading or updating apps

If you want to continue downloading apps for your Windows Phone, you need to be using Windows Phone 7.5. That's the stark warning from Microsoft.

The company has made changes to its Marketplace, which will affect you if you haven't updated the software on your Windows Phone. Any customers who have failed to update their phones to Windows Phone 7.5 (and all phones are able to update) will be able to browse the Marketplace but will not be able to download apps, nor update existing apps. You'll just get an error message.

According to Microsoft, this isn't just some random decision or a way of annoying its users. This is all about improving the Marketplace experience. In its blog, Microsoft says: 'Marketplace is growing fast. It now has over 80,000 apps overall and is available in 54 (soon to be 63) countries around the world. Requiring Windows Phone 7.5 is part of a larger effort aimed at improving Marketplace performance and security, and paving the way for even faster growth and more new features.'

it isn't clear how many people will be affected by this. Microsoft says 'a handful', which isn't very specific. However, if you are one of those, updating your phone isn't difficult. It's just a matter of plugging your phone into your computer and following instructions. But check out the online guide first before you start. It isn't quick, so do put some time aside to do the update.

Microsoft is also removing the option to shop for Windows Phone apps from the Zune PC software. Again, this is to focus on the most popular platform for getting apps. Nothing is required on your part for this – it will simply stop offering the option to access apps in this way.

Source: Windows Blog

And do not forget that you can KEEP your existing mobile phone number if you decide to switch mobile phone operators. All you need is your PAC code. Use our handy tool on to obtain your PAC code.



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What is a PAC code?

A porting authorisation code, or PAC code, allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone provider so that if you change mobile phone networks you do not have to give everyone a new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability, or number porting. It's quick, FREE and very easy to do - follow the instructions here for full details on how to port your mobile phone number to a new network provider.

NOTE: You can purchase your new phone contract and then obtain your PAC code. It is not essential to have your PAC code prior to purchasing your new phone. However, you will need your PAC code if you want to keep your existing phone number (i.e. transfer your current number to your new provider). Use our handy tool above to obtain your PAC code.

PAC codes are FREE.

To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone network, use our handy tool to obtain your PAC code. Just select your current and new phone provider click OK and you'll receive full instructions for obtaining your PAC code.