Since Verizon nor HTC has had any comment about the status of Windows Phone 7 upgrade scheduls, I decided to take the matter into my own hands.
Recently WPCENTRAL published an article on how to Force Update your Windows Phone to build 8107. The steps seemed easy enough, so I downloaded all the necessary files and prepared to take the plunge. If you are still hesitant to update unofficially through one of these tools that's ok, but with the future of updates seemingly in jeopardy and an easy way of rolling back your device through an official backup I see no harm in giving this a try.
Here is an overview of what the process involves:
Here are the steps you can take to ensure your forced installs successfully:
Hope this all goes well for you guys.
I'll add my name to the list of success stories, and my keyboard stays firmly in place at all times now. I was almost hoping it would brick so I was forced to switch to AT&T for the new Lumia 900, alas I'm still stuck here.
I can also confirm that the force update worked for me. Yea I'm switching to AT&T in 2013. One more freaking year with VZ after being a customer for almost 10 yrs. Forgot to mention that the update indeed fixed the disappearing keyboard problem.
I also did the update, same as described above and it was a success- with one issue though. After forcing the update, I can call contacts and receive phone calls no problem, but the phone "app" will not launch. After you press the phone app on the home screen, the screen goes blank and then flashes back to my home screen. Anyone else having this problem. Otherwise, the keyboard stopped disappearing and everything else was rock solid. I chose to restore the phone to the previous setting, so that I could properly use the phone/keypad etc if needed.
Looking forward to this update, but I wish it was on a new device (like a Lumia 900) on VZ, but that will never happen. VZ is too caught up with selling data plans on the most "popular" devices that every other carrier released a year ago. Honestly, I've never dealt with such ignorant sales people at the VZ stores. I think my 4 year old knows more about how to use my Trophy than the sales people at my local store.
I've heard about that issue before on some other message board. The only happens when you incorrectly install the preinstalled languages on the device and it leaves your phone is a non-standard state.
I would recommend undoing your update, and just waiting till the official VZW update comes out.
That must be what happened, even though I took special care to check before the update and then after the update for the languages- and they matched exactly. I did restore to the phone to the previous state, and I'll just wait until the formal update is released from VZ- sometime in the next "6 months".
Thanks for the reply