Nokia isn't looking to release the firmware update till early 2014. Once Nokia releases the firmware update (Black) than it's up the VZW to release it.
Probably the best site to check, http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/availability-in-north-americ...
I had a chat session with Verizon support last week regarding the GDR3 update. I was told the even though MS and Nokia both tested and approved the update, Verizon had issues with it and are now waiting for MS to implement some fixes. They could not provide me with any type of timeline.
Depending on how desperate you are to get the update, it is available from the MS Developers site and other users have installed and are using it. I've not heard of anyone experiencing any problems. The downside of this is if you do have a problem, Verizon will no longer provide you support. I personally have not installed the developers update so I can't provide you any first hand experience.
I call B S. If you look at the link I posted previously no other carrier in the US/Canada is rolling out Black yet. The only device is the 1020 which came with Black out-of-the box so it doesn't count.
What happened with Amber is that they started with the higher number devices and worked down to the lower number devices.
Thank you very much for the information. Will be waiting for the official update. Please let me know if you get the update and if you find anythign interesting about lumia 822 do let me know.
I saw an update today. So I applied it....does not appear to be Black
OS version is 8.0.1328.78 and it still says Amber.
What did I get as an update?
Firmware update (not Black) as per wpcenteral, http://www.wpcentral.com/firmware-rolling-out-lumia-handsets-verizon-and-att-no-lumia-black-yet.
It's mostly for those that don't have the GDR3 developers preview on their phone.
As always check, http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/availability-in-north-americ... to see when Black has been released for your phone.
Take this with a grain of salt, but if this is true I'm going to be really upset.
According to a reddit post a user spoke with Nokia support (and Elop) and they are claiming VZW is not going to release Black for the 822, http://www.reddit.com/r/windowsphone/comments/1xrcx1/bad_news_lumia_810_and_822_owners_nokia_confirm... and to add insult to injury they asked not to update their site (http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/availability-in-north-americ...) to not say "Not available" fear of blacklash.
Hasn't VZW heard of the internet and this information not get released?!?!?!