It depends on when Microsoft RTM's Update 3 (GRD3) and depending on when the OEMs release Update 3 to VZW.
For example Nokia is also including a firmware update (Black) with Update 3 so VZW has to wait for that and then test. This will probably happen until after Nokia's new devices are out in the market before the older devices get the update.
You can update your phone with GDR3 over the air anytime you want though. It voids your warrantee but I have it on my phone and it works great. When Verizon releases its version with device specific firmware it will update on your phone like normal.
Thanks primortal for the information, but you should let others know that if you do this, it will VOID your warranty with Verizon and may also void your insurance as well. Should anything happen to your phone, you're screwed. Personally, that's too big a gamble not to be patient. Having said that, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE VERIZON, DON'T DRAG YOUR FEET ON THIS UPDATE LIKE YOU DID WITH THE ANDROID UPDATES!
rmp1984 did state it would void warranty and such so I didn't cover it in my post
We'd have to wait for MS to RTM Update 3 and for Nokia (and everyone else) to release the update to VZW. Hopefully Nokia will do what they did for GDR2 and update their status page, http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/availability-in-north-americ...
Sprint is already releasing the GDR3 update to its HTC 8XT.
If Verizon drags their feet on the Windows Phone updates like they did for the Android Samsung Galaxy Nexus updates, this will be my ABSOLUTE LAST contract renewal with Verizon! AT&T's towers are getting much better, especially in the New Orleans area, so Verizon won't be able to cling to that old "we've got the best network" choke-hold much longer. AT&T's 4G LTE may not be as wide-spread, but as my friends who have AT&T have recently proven to me, AT&T's 4G LTE is almost twice as fast as my Verizon 4G LTE in the New Orleans area. My download speed on Verizon 4G LTE is about 10-15 mpbs while the download speeds for my AT&T friends are around 19-32 mpbs. Granted, AT&T probably doesn't have as many people using their network, but if Verizon knows they have more people, they should increase the bandwidth or towers on their network to accommodate the traffic.
Verizon will have to learn that customer satisfaction on their devices is just as important as the customer satisfaction of their network. In my opinion, BOTH seem to be going downhill, at least here in the New Orleans area.
Verizon will have to learn that customer satisfaction on their devices is just as important as the customer satisfaction of their network.
I have to agree that their device selection and network performance have both been pretty disappointing of late. This is the main reason I have not upgraded any of my lines, except for the 2 iPhone 5 upgrades my wife and daughter begged for, in over a year. I just have not seen anything I wanted to spend the money on.
The couple of times I did get interested in a possible new device, Verizon waits forever and then releases some gimped version of the device. The latest episode with the Nokia 1520 is a perfect example of this.
But the thing that has bothered me the most is the corporate equivalent to a pathological need to avoid telling their customers anything about new devices and their inability to release software updates in a timely fashion.
In short, I just do not trust them anymore to provide up to date devices and reliable service.