UPDATE: If you have the Trophy, you can use these instructions to upgrade to 7740, but not 8107. There is apparently a driver mismatch or something that is causing the phone dialer to crash.
UPDATE 2: So apparently, this update has an ENGLISH language pack as well. Not sure why. On the Verizon HTC Trophy, you need both the English and Spanish language packs. Check your phone before you update. Additional instructions are below.
UPDATE 3: I just received the "HTC Update for Windows Phone" from Verizon with this update already installed, so it appears that if you follow these directions, you should be able to update safely (at least with the Verizon HTC Trophy). I have also added additional language packs (see #7, thanks Plaffo.com!)
So I'm pretty fed up with cell carriers (and now Microsoft) and their update nonsense. I have the HTC Trophy on Verizon, and I doubt they will ever pick up any new interim updates to the phone. In fact, if they don't announce a new Windows Phone at CES next week, I am finally jumping ship to AT&T.
So instead of waiting for an update that will probably never come, I decided to update my phone myself. Fortunately, Italy's premier Windows Phone community "Plaffo" has instructions on how to do so. Here is the English version of the post, but I'll summarize the instructions below to keep it simple. FOLLOW THEM AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Make sure your phone is charged to at least 50%. Plug your phone into your computer, and then close Zune.
On your phone, go to Settings | Region + Language | Display Language and make note of the available languages.
Download a tool from xb0xm0d (WP7 CAB Update Sender) that allows you to connect to the phone, back it up, and pass CAB files as updates.
Extract the tool to any folder.
Download the 7740 update CAB file to the same place you extracted the CAB Update Sender (this is from an official Microsoft download server). … Continue reading...