Internet sharing rolls out to compatible Mango-updated phones round the world

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We all knew that Windows Phone Mango included 'Internet sharing', i.e. Wi-fi tethering, but the functionality hasn't so far been available to handsets which 'updated' to Mango (rather than shipping with it) - and Internet sharing is also dependent on the chipset in your phone. However, there's an update rolling out around the world from HTC for the editorial HD7 and 7 Mozart, I applied it yesterday, screenshot proof below (from the HD7). It seems that tethering is a 'go'.


To check if your phone has the update, just plug it into Zune Desktop as usual - it's a small update and installs in seconds (though you do then have to wait a few minutes for the usual backup/restart sequence to finish).


Tethering can be turned on and off using the Settings pane shown. The usual caveats about using your smartphone for 'Internet sharing' apply, of course. Make sure your data plan/tariff is up to the task before hanging laptops and friends' devices to your Windows Phone data connection - we won't be held responsible for any hefty data bill at the end of the month!

Oh, and there will be extra battery drain too - lots of it. So have a charger handy as well!