looks like we are headed for a small fix.
I love the line in the instructions that
"If the system update fails to install, you will get an error screen. However, this only means the software did not installproperly. Remove and re-insert the battery and power the device back on. The device will power back on with originalsoftware and will prompt you once again to install the system update."
I applied this manually today. Followed the link here:
Phone will update, takes a few minutes....then you're done.
I didn't lose any settings or software so far as I can tell.