This article was posted earlier today over at WP Central.
Looks like we are going to be able to get the 8107 update for the Arrive regardless if Sprint decides to support it or not. So we will finally get that keyboard fix, and possibly that SMS parsing fix.
Today's a big day as DFT have released their HSPL RSPL tool version 3 for Windows Phone. Previous versions allowed access to GSM editons of Generation 1 HTC devices which is why they're able to run those custom ROMs that we've reported on previously. This latest version of the HSPL RSPL tool released today now enables support for two CDMA phones: the Verizon Trophy and Sprint Arrive (7 Pro). From the changelog:
This tool is the first needed to unlock the bootloader allowing the loading of custom ROMs onto the device. That means "ROM chefs" can now begin the cooking and testing of custom builds, eventually getting to the point where a stable version can be released to the public.
That's good news for those who don't want to wait for the latest build of the OS to get "officially" released (assuming it will even happen). In short, whether Verizon or Sprint officially release 8107 to fix the keyboard, you should be able to load a custom ROM with it in the near future.
Stay tuned for those custom ROMs over the next few weeks as we'll report any that come forth.
@Todd_M - thanks for posting. I suppose if my doctor (Sprint) refuses to do my surgery (8107 update) then I have to learn how to use a scalpel.
If anyone should try to go under this knife, please report back here and let us know if you come out of it alive.
Don't worry. If you had a TP2 and unlocked, this is not a lot different. And now since apparently according to WPCentral and Paul Thurrott, carriers are allowed to block any and all updates. And since Sprint doesn't give a rat's ass about WP, it doesn't leave you many choices. I wonder if that also means no Apollo for the faithful followers...
My Arrive just survived going under the knife. Came through fine on the other side running 8107 w/ Internet Connection Sharing enabled and working! Only downside is a message at boot that says there was a network error and that I have no data connect, can't text, and can't make most phone calls. Data, calls, and texting all work fine though!
You can get the correct version of the HSPL/RSPL tool from http://htcfanboys.com/download/cotulla/?action=view&file=2942
If you're running Mango, you'll have to downgrade to a compatible SPL version (a quick Google search should turn up the instructions. Took about 5 minutes for me).
Once that's done, XDA Developers has the files and instructions for 8107: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1499981
Good luck and enjoy!
For me it's too late. I've made the decision that as soon as the Lumia 900 launches on AT&T I'm switching. I left Sprint over a decade ago due to their lack of proper customer support. They haven't learned their lesson and do not deserve my business.
I want a company that will support all of their phones.
"I want a company that will support all of their phones."
Don't switch to AT&T then. Their track record so far with Windows Phone updates is no better than Sprint's. They carry more of them, but they don't support them any better. And AT&T's updates to Android phones are usually later than Sprint's.