Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL can now get pre-release OS updates through Windows Insider Program

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Today is a big day for the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL. Not only is it receiving a software update, but it’s been added to Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview program, too.

Microsoft today added support for the Fierce XL to its Windows Insider Program, which will allow Fierce XL owners to try out new software updates before they’re released to the public. There are three different rings within the program that you can enroll in: Fast, which will get you updates as soon as they’re available; Slow, which will only push updates that are a bit more stable; and Release Preview, which offers the least risk of running into bugs.

To enroll in the Windows Insider Program, you’ll need to sign up and then download the Windows Insider app from the Windows Store.

If you’re the type of person that likes to try out features before most everyone else, then the Windows Insider Program could be worth a look. Just keep in mind that things might get a little buggy every now and then, so you’ll need to be willing to put up with those issues in exchange for getting early access to new features.

Source: Microsoft

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  • Ordeith

    It’s nice to know Microsoft’s control over updates extends to non-Lumia phones. Android this is not, and that’s a good thing.

  • Tale 85

    I thought the Fierce XL was getting overshadowed by MWC. It got forgotten with all the Samsung, LG and HP hype.

    But now this puts it in the Big Leagues. Well… rolling into Redstone with the 950’s.

    Thanks to Alex, this phone is getting the coverage it deserves.

    • guest

      The one really being overshadow is BlackBerry, even thought they are providing updates almost as soon after they get them from Google.

  • Buster Nutwell

    Anyone have this phone? How is it compared to the 640? Wifi calling working well?

    • Alex Zapata

      I haven’t had any issues with WiFi calling that weren’t related to my internet connection. The handover is damn near seamless.

  • guest

    Maybe Alcatel is the only one in the insider program, because it is the only company after Microsoft making a Windows phone, or so I think.

    • aggiefather

      Au contraire, HP just introduced its Elite x3, a top of the line handset for enterprise users at MWC.

    • Ordeith

      Alcatel, NuAns, Vaio, Xiaomi, and HP all have announced phones or are selling them. Several other companies have announced plans to pursue them.

      • guest

        I was kinda talking about the present. I think HTC too has a Windows phone coming.

        Apologies.

    • Chilehead

      The HTC One M8 (for Windows) is also part of the Insider program.

      • guest

        Apologies. Instead of “or so I think”, I should’ve said: or so it feels.

        Don’t get me wrong, I would like to see Windows Mobile doing better.

  • guest

    I don’t know about this phone, but don’t buy a phone with Band 12 that doesn’t have Carrier Aggregation.

    My year and a half B12 phone is very very slow most of the time and it has great signal reception, full signal bars. It doesn’t have CA.

    Right now I’m posting from my 3 year old phone with B2 and B4 and data is a lot faster. Two signal bars avg.

    I believe B12 is congested, maybe not in your area yet, but is just a matter of time for many of you.

    • kgraham182

      B12 is not for data, it’s T-Mobile answer indoor and rural voice coverage. Sure you can use data on B12, but it 5×5 and not truly intended for data use.

      • guest

        The problem is that without Carrier Aggregation B12, having a stronger signal, grabs the connection even if it’s congested and doesn’t let go. In other words you’re stuck with it.

        Anyway, I’m gonna wait a couple of months to see what new phone I should get, probably an unlocked one, and be ready to switch providers if necessary.