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Receive Carrier Independent Windows Phone 7 Updates On Samsung Devices

Any operating system that is completely static can not survive for long in today’s world. Everything is changing constantly, along with the needs of customers and users . That is why new OS updates are the norm no matter what OS you are taking into consideration. Windows Phone 7 is no exception with updates getting rolled out on pretty regular basis. But with WP7 expanding across different carriers and mobile manufacturers, the whole process is getting a bit slow. This does not mean that it’s entirely Microsoft’s fault, in fact most of the times even when an update has been released by Windows, some carriers delay it for their users. But luckily, there is a way to remove this limitation.

If you are a Samsung user, then this is what you have to do to fool Zune into believing that you do not belong to your predefined carrier.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.


  1. A developer unlocked device. If you don’t have one, then jailbreaking is an option, and you can learn more about it in our guide on unlocking Samsung WP7 devices.
  2. Registry Viewer downloaded to your system. The download link can be found below.


  1. Samsung Omnia 7Deploy the XAP file you just downloaded to your phone (read our post on the method for XAP deployment)
  2. In your phone’s app menu go to Registry Viewer and run it.
  3. In the app’s interface, you will see a field where you can input the registry paths. Enter
    HKLM\System\Platform \DeviceTargetingInfo\MobileOperator
  4. Hit the “Read” button, which will take you to a registry showing your mobile carrier’s name.
  5. Select the name being display and remove it by hitting backspace or delete.
  6. Tap the “Write” button.
  7. Exit.

You will have the carrier association of your phone removed after restarting the device. With Nokia devices rumoured to be coming soon, this method can prove to be really useful for a lot of people. This is due to the fact that Nokia is going to be bringing a whole new environment to WP7 as they are allowed to make changes to the firmware, and their updates are expected to be more efficient and robust. Apart from that, even existing carriers and OEMs some times push exclusive features for devices, and at times you might want to try them rather than being just restricted to your current OEM and carrier.

Download Registry Viewer

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