NOKIA LUMIA WINDOWS PHONE 8 PRODUCT TYPE AND PRODUCT CODE
The Product Type and Product Code are used to identify the origin of the Nokia devices ROM (in our case, the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8). They are also used for downloading the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 ROM in using [How To] Download and flash all Nokia Lumia Stock ROM. At the end of this thread, you'll know why there is a differences between each ROM when deploying updates (OTA and FOTA) of Microsoft and of OEMs (manufacturers). Also, You'll know what is a Product Type and Product Code of Nokia, how to differentiate/recognize, what they are and how to flash. And a list of Product Type and Product Code is available a bit lower.
For all members, not post any messages on this thread, please! If, you have found a Product Code, or even a Product Type unreferenced, please contact me by PM. If you know some of the terms/abbreviations in the part of the description of the Product Code, do not hesitate to send them to me by PM!
THE PRODUCT TYPE
He composed, himself, under the form RM-xxx (where xxx is only three digits, eg RM-821 is one of the Product Type of the Nokia Lumia 920). Each Product Type corresponds to different physical features (hardware) such as networks frequency, which are different for different regions of the world (divided into several large parts). The Product Type can be "virtually" changed / flashed, but only in specific cases (same device, unlocked bootloader (maybe?), etc). This would imply, necessarily, of change/flash also Product Code because it is defined by the Product Type. However, this was not very useful because some capabilities are lost due to hardware and/or software. A list of Product Type and Product Code is available here a little further down.
THE PRODUCT CODE
He composed, himself, under the form 059xxxx (where xxxx is usually an alphanumeric combination, eg 059Q8C2 is a Product Code of Nokia Lumia 920 RM-821). Each Product Code indicates origin and corresponds to a particular and specific region of the world: a country, a mobile operator, etc. The Product Code can be "virtually" changed/flashed with far fewer restrictions than Product Type (see below).
Undoubtedly the part of this thread, the most longest to explain. A description is increment at the Product Code and at the Product Type. This gives: Product Code + Product Type + Description. Note that there is not a "+" normally, it is just for example. It is the combination of these three products that shape completely and truly a Product Code. The description is very important because without, it we would not know corresponds what this such or such Product Code, which would be a pity, of course.
But, what this description is composed? Well, it is actually composed of some variable information (series of words, most of which are initials) we indicating the source of the ROM (because yes, at Nokia, Product Code = ROM). Some information is easy to guess/find, others a little less, it's like that (myself, I do not know them all).
- Example of a Complete Product Code (059V276 RM-937 EURO VAR FR BLACK CV) under infographic form (click on the images to enlarge):
So, we can see that this Product Code is principally a variant for the RM-937 (Nokia Lumia 1520) black color, unbranded/naked, located in Europe and specifically in France.
List of Product Type corresponding to such or such Nokia Lumia:
- Another example of a complete Product Code (059S559 RM-915 APAC VAR TO TELSTRA SL) under infographic form (click on the images to enlarge):
So, we can see that this Product Code is principally a variant for the RM-915 (Nokia Lumia 520), SIM Locked and branded on the Telstra mobile operator, located in Asia-Pacific and specifically in Australia.
List of region code in the world:If you want to know what is your Hardware Product Type, then it is usually inscribed physically or in/on the drawer of the SIM card or in/on one MicroSD card. You can also look at what it is on the Internet (you can look here just below).
List of country codes under ISO official form:
- APAC = Asia-Pacific
- EU/EURO/EURO1/EURO2 = Europe
- IMEA/MEA = Middle East and Africa
- LATAM/LTA = Latin American
- NAM = North American
List of mobile operators in the world:List of country codes available on the official website of the ISO standards.
List of color codes:List of mobile operator available on Wikipedia.
List of other information that maybe mentioned:
- 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, etc. = A simple reference to determine the amount of memory available in the system (because there are variations of memory size, are generally operators variant).
- GLOBAL = Product Code which incorporates most of the global information/settings (this is a Product Code which is almost never updated).
- SL = SIM Locked
BRANDED, UNBRANDED/NAKED, YOU SAID A DIFFERENCE?
And what a difference! Mobile operators love to create firmware to integrate in the ROM. Generally, they are useless and poorly built for at final weigh down the whole system, hoping that you will use their sometimes questionable application. Moreover, most users seek to remove this embarrassing firmware.
At best, under Windows Phone, they will make an accent color in more (typically the color of their logo) but they do not all do. In parallel, they incorporate a lot of little unnecessary parameters. No need to mention the fact that some mobile operators (I would not give names, but they are very recognizable) remove some features. Also, the updates are strictly deployed by the mobile operator itself: hence their deployment takes forever. Branded, is the term given to this very common practice for most mobile operators.
But good news: we can unbranded our terminals, that is to say, make the device "naked". It turns out that this term is the exact opposite branded practice. No firmware operator, in the case of Windows Phone, it is 100% clean of Microsoft and of OEM. Moreover, the VVM (Visual VoiceMail) are integrated if available for the country/operator. For updates, it is directly OEMs who give the green light to Microsoft. You'll probably including: totally prefer unbranded/naked Product Code!
AVAILABILITY OF UPDATES (OTA AND FOTA)
If you do not know, the availability of updates OTA (Over The Air) and FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) is directly influenced by the ROM integrated at your device Windows Phone 8. The cause? A registry key whose value differs from the ROM to another, depending on the country (unbranded/naked) and/or mobile operator (branded).
Indeed, if you are, for example for Nokia Lumia, in a Hong Kong Product Code while you wait for the deployment of updates to France, you may, I fear, long wait. Another example: if you are under a branded Product Code Orange France, deployment updates shalt be slower and you may, again, wait long, in conversely that if you were under the French unbranded/naked Product Code.
This is valid for all Windows Phone as well as WP7.x and WP8.x (that this whether HTC, Huawei, Nokia, Samsung, etc).
BUT THEN, WHAT PRODUCT CODE IS BEST FOR ME?
Good question. Well it depends on a couple of things... I urge you to flash a Product Code that corresponds above all to your device, your country and is unbranded/naked. Even if I repeat, never take a branded Product Code, it is a golden rule and everyone will tell you (if unbranded/naked is available for you)! Third thing that enters into account, although this is irrelevant if you are mistaken: the color of your Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8.
To help choose the correct Product Code, I created a listing of most of the Product Code Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8, available here a little further down.
THE HARDWARE PRODUCT CODE
As you know, we can change/flasher of Product Code (to the extent possible and of the device type). However, this does not mean that the Hardware Product Code (Product Original Code, generally inscribed physically on/in the drawer of the SIM card or on/in one MicroSD card) will be changed. Clearly, the Hardware Product Code will not change, whatever you do! That said, it has no impact on the flashed Product Code: in fact, in it is just there to remember "who he is, what is her name" and be able to easily re-flash if necessary. I would not speak of Hardware Product Type, but know that the principle remains the same.
WHAT ARE WAYS TO CHANGE/FLASH A PRODUCT CODE?
There are a lot of ways, diverse and varied, to change/flash a Product Code, som less official than others. That is why I would treat two means provided by Nokia itself:
- Nokia Care Suite, the most comprehensive of all, can do a lot of manipulation. You can, download any Product Code (by entering the correct settings), read the IMEI, re-flash the Hardware Product Code, flashed (change/unbranded) any Product Code (to the extent possible and types), debriked/repaired, perform hardware tests, generate error reports, and much more.
- Nokia Software Recovery Tool, allows download, flash and debricked/repaired the only Hardware Product Code. But, its UI (User Interface) is very simplistic.
LIST OF NOKIA LUMIA WINDOWS PHONE 8 PRODUCT TYPE AND PRODUCT CODE