I think *all* carriers are pretty bad about updating android phones. this is where apple has a leg up on android.
That said, I think T-mobile is no worse. 5 (htc sensation, amaze, one, GSG II, SGS III, Galaxy Note) of their phones are running ICS (no phone other than nexus has current jelly bean), which is far better than Verizon. AFAIK, only the Motorola Razr and GSGIII have it (Nexus doesn't count).
The OP is comparing older single core phones to other carriers, compare flagship phones within the last year and they are all running ICS
For example, the WiFi only motorola xoom already operates jeally bean, yet Verizon customers are still waiting for their update. Even though Verizon charges $50/1GB.....pathetic!
It's easy to point to carrier/manufacturer failures to update devices. But what carrier or manufacturer is doing it better? Maybe it's harder or costlier than people think to update these devices?
I think realistically, if you want updates you need to buy a nexus device or buy a flagship. The HTC One will very likely receive at least one OS update to Jelly Bean. The SIII will receive an update to Jelly Bean. Carrier branded phones (mytouch, sidekick) are very unlikely at this point to receive OS updates irregardless of how previous ones were (mytouch 3g that did receive them). Phones that sell very well will likely receive updates. In the case of my mytouch4g slide, it was a proprietary t-mo exclusive, never released anywhere but the US on t-mo and sold very poorly. That translates to no updates.
The problem in my world view is if the phone was not stable to begin with. When that happens you have to hope that you at least get stability updates. If the phone is stable the os update, while maybe desired, is less important. If the phone is not stable, updates of any kind seem paramount. Just my outlook, your mileage may vary.
Can you put a custom ics on those phones and have a half *** way of solving the problem?
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