All these devices have equivalents on Sprint (Mogul by HTC, Touch by HTC and Samsung Ace respectively) and will be getting upgrades according to the U.S. release.
So I contacted the helpful folks there and here is the official information I received from Telecom New Zealand:
The Windows 6.1 Phone client has been released into the market, and customers will have access to this - and be able to download the client.
In terms of TNZ devices, we have every intention to provide this updated platform to our customers.
We are awaiting the matching back-end functionality/server platform to be released from Microsoft. This will enable us to test and approve a full end-to-end solution, that has been thoroughly tested on our devices. Timeframe for this part of the solution, is around mid year, with an additional testing leadtime.
Up until that time, customers who do choose to download the upgrade - without it being officially supported or tested by TNZ, may face operating issues, bugs or in some extreme cases - a loss of functionality on their device. This situation is not new, as many applications, software updates, and patches are released by Microsoft & OEM's currently - and should be downloaded or applied by customers at their own risk.
Very nice, providing a tested solution to the market. But it sounds like Telecom's system integrator Gen-i is running the show. I am sure IT Pros will be happy.
But what about the consumer market, those users who just want the latest OS to take advantage of all the new features and enhancements that do not require Microsoft Exchange Server or System Center Device Manager?
I have already heard of people running "cooked" Windows Mobile 6.1 ROMs in some TNZ Titan devices around the country. So this is a great opportunity to bring the official one earlier for consumer users.
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