Windows Phone Bricking: Phone Return Option. Update for Updater Update on Its Way?

It looks like The Windows Phone update for the updater does more than cause a missing Metro UI tile (as in Frank McPherson’s report). Some phones are becoming “bricked” (unusable) after the update. Winrumors notes that Microsoft recommends returning the phone if this happens.

Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 update bricked your device? Exchange it

WPcentral reports that Microsoft is days away from issuing a new update to deal with this Windows Phone

Microsoft pushing new Windows Phone update in 3 days to address “bricking” issue?

WPcentral discusses speculation that certain brands (Samsung) with specific firmware versions are invovled with the bricking problem. In the meantime, I’m going to avoid the update altogether until this is sorted out.