Windows phone hackers have managed to enable the Internet Sharing feature of Windows Phone 7.5 on existing Samsung devices.
Forum users at mobile tinkering site XDA-developers have successfully enabled the Internet Sharing feature of Windows Phone 7.5 on existing hardware. The steps aren’t for the average user but they do prove that the feature works well on existing devices. Microsoft unveiled its Internet Sharing section in Windows Phone 7.5 earlier this week. The feature allows Windows Phone 7.5 users to share their Internet connection with up to 5 devices at the same time. Microsoft claimed that the feature would only be available on new Windows Phone 7.5 devices as they have “radios capable of broadcasting a connection.” Microsoft later clarified that the feature would be made available to existing devices, providing that OEMs and operators ship updated Wi-Fi drivers for their devices.
The tethering feature is also controlled by mobile operators. If a mobile operator chooses to enable the feature then users will see an “Internet Sharing” option under the main settings of Windows Phone 7.5. The feature was originally discovered during the beta phase of Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” but Microsoft officially recognized the feature on Tuesday.
Some AT&T Samsung Focus users were able to enable the Internet Sharing option using copies of Windows Phone 7.5 build 7720.68. Windows Phone hacker has now simplified the process down to the following steps:
- Download DiagProvXML and Samsung Tools
- Deploy both XAPs to your phone
- Run DiagProvXML and hold down on the Internet Sharing item, press Execute
- Close (press Back) DiagProvXML, and run Samsung Tools. Press Apply to set Auto Data Config.
- Your phone will reboot, and everything should work from there on it.
If you’re interesting in enabling the feature on a Samsung device then follow the full instructions at Windows Phone hacker. Be warned that the tutorial may invalidate your warranty and that you’ll need a developer unlocked device to complete the steps. Long Zheng tested out the feature and reports that the battery drain is noticeable. “I did notice the battery draining much quicker and warmer just during the half-hour I was testing the tethering which might be one of the reasons why it’s not natively enabled yet,” said Zheng.
Image Credit: Long Zheng (istartedsomething.com)