N73 firmware - updated

posted by Mike Brocklehurst on Monday, December 11, 2006

This is an update to the previous N73 firmware posts.

N73s with firmware version v2.0628.0.0.1 may experience Bluetooth connection problems. When this happens ViewRanger's GPS circle and cross will go grey, and the Hdop will be reported as 100.Dial *#0000# to see your firmware version.

Nokia released new firmware v2.0628.0.0.3 in September, which fixes this problem. In November v3.0638.0.0.1 dated 30-10-06 was released, which contains other fixes and improvements.

You can update online using the Nokia software updater from
http://europe.nokia.com/A4176089?N73 . This is usually the easiest way to update, follow the instructions carefully.

You can also take your phone to a Nokia service centre. You can find your nearest service centre using this page
http://www.apps.nokia.co.uk/clubnokiaservice/ , but do ring to check they can upgrade your phone before travelling.

However, some of the network operators use a branded version of the firmware for which there is no update available yet. Forums at sites like discussions.nokia.co.uk and http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/ contain lots of discussions about this issue if you want to know more.

The firmware variant on your phone is determined by the product code. This is a number located under the battery starting 05. There are literally dozens of variants.

If you have a product code of 0527009, 0539101, 0539102, 0539093 or 0539094 then you can update using the Nokia software updater now. If you have a different product code then you may or may not be able to update, you need to try the Nokia software updater to find out. Make sure you download and install the latest Nokia software updater.

If you have any questions about this then please e-mail support@viewranger.com.

3 Comments:

At 11:13 pm , Anonymous Paul Gilbert said...

If you can't get the updated firmware then debrand your phone! It's really easy to do this yourself and there are instructions in the forums. It ends up like an off the shelf generic phone, so you may lose operator apps and backgrounds. There are also companies who can do this for you.

All you do is set the product id of the phone to be a generic id, using a piece of software called nemesis service suite (NSS). You can then upgrade the phone using the nokia software updater. Never try to restore backups made before you do this because sometimes the restore is no longer compatible - so you'll have to use the contacts thing in PC suite to preserve contacts.

You may invalidate your warranty by doing this, but what value is the warranty if you can't get a fix for something as fundamental as broken bluetooth? The phone's still locked to your network, so you are not defrauding anyone! Reset the product id to what it says under the battery when you are done, as that reduces the risk of being accused of having invalidated the warranty.

 
At 1:31 pm , Blogger Mike Brocklehurst said...

The link to the software updater is now:
http://europe.nokia.com/A4176089?N73

 
At 1:33 pm , Blogger Mike Brocklehurst said...

And the link to the service centres is:
http://www.apps.nokia.co.uk/clubnokiaservice/

 

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