v4 firmware for Orange Nokia N80s available

Further to my previous blog about Orange UK and their apparant lack of regard for Nokia N80 owners, it seems that the Orange approved version of the N80 v4 firmware is now available via the Nokia Phone Software Update site. I’ve just performed the update, and all went well. It is a 70MB or so download and about five minutes to install. Remember to back up your phone memory to either the memory card or PC beforehand so you can restore all your information afterwards as it resets the phone to factory settings.

The *#0000# command now displays:

V 4.0623.0.41
26-07-2006
RM-92
Nokia N80 (31.04)

On top of the v4 firmware contents, two new applications appear to be installed: OrangeTV and Orange Music Player. The former is the client for a streaming TV service which Orange have offered on other handsets for a while now, and the latter appears to be an iTunes type download store for music. A quick peek at the latter showed you get three songs for free, and then have to pay per download. The range was rather limited and they cannot be transferred from the phone.

The inclusion of these two applications (presumably rewritten for Series 60 3rd edition) suggests that the release of this firmware has not been a  knee-jerk reaction to customer pressure but something that’s always been in the pipeline. As such, the inability for Orange Customer Services to either know this or at least communicate something to their customers to appease the disquiet is worrying. A classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing. Still, they’ve come through in the end so well done Orange, now keep it up.

2 thoughts on “v4 firmware for Orange Nokia N80s available

  1. Thanks for your ongoing comments about your N80. I’ve just purchased an unlocked one with the previous version of the firmware and have periodic problems with my car bluetooth and the phone. I get a general system error and have to remove the battery and restart for it to work properly.

    I think I’m in a worse situation than you in that the N80 is an international version unsupported my Nokia USA and Cingular. However, as is, it’s a pretty cool phone that works in my car, over my house wifi, and through Cingular when I’m on the road.

    Were you required to update using a PC or did the Orange dealer do it for you? I’ll be in Switzerland and Italy next month and could easily go to a Nokia dealer if that’s all there is to it.

    What do you think?

  2. Hi Expolitico,

    Frequent drop-outs of bluetooth connections is one of the primary defects in the v3 firmware which is fixed in v4. If your phone is unlocked then it should only have the generic Nokia firmware without any operator specific function. As such you should be able to use the Nokia Software Update Site (http://www.europe.nokia.com/A4176089?N80) to download a tool which will connect to your phone (using the USB cable you got with the handset) and tell you if there is a new firmware available. If so you should just be able to install it using the tool. The upshot being that you should be able to update the firmware yourself without visiting a service centre.

    If this does not work for you then you may find you need to visit a Nokia Service Centre. You can find a list of ones for Italy at http://www.nokia.it/nokia/0,0,69986,0,0.html

    You may also find that the AllAboutSymbian forum for the N80 at http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=84 is helpful as there are a lot of people on there with generic unlocked handsets.

    Best of luck for getting the firmware upgrade. The N80 is a fantastic phone.

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