Microsoft had indicated prior to the launch of their Windows Phone 7 devices that they shall not be offering USB tethering on launch and that it will be enabled sometime down the line. But now it looks like at least Samsung Focus (or Samsung Omnia 7 outside the US) are in for some luck. Some users have discovered a simple trick that can bring USB tethering to their WP7 handsets.
If you are a Omnia 7 user, this is what you should be doing
Step 1 : From the phone’s dialer, key in ##634##
Step 2 : You will be taken to the phone’s diagnostic menu. Here, key in *#7284# in the menu that appears
Step 3 : Navigate through to the “Modem, Tethered Call” option. Follow the on-screen instructions to find the USB Tethering option.
Once activated, users will be able to use their Windows Phone 7 handset as a internet hotspot. Do note that some users do not seem to be getting it to work. So, if you do manage to enable USB tethering, don’t forget to write in the comments about how it went.
If you are in the UK and have come to love the new Windows Phone 7 operating system, here is something that you would love to hear. Samsung Omnia 7, the first Windows Phone 7 handset for UK is now available on pre-order. T-Mobile UK, the carrier that will offer the connectivity in the market will make the device available at a price of anywhere between £0 and £300.00. As you guessed it, the difference here will be in the price.
Subscribers looking for a free handset will have to sign up for a two year contract for a monthly cost of £35 at least. On the other hand, customers looking for a cheaper monthly plan can get the device at £300.00 and need to only pay £10 a month.
Pre-orders are now open on the T-Mobile UK website that you can access by clicking here. Orange and 3 customers may note that the phone is coming up for sale on these networks as well.
Are you Symbian-obsessed who finds the HTC EVO 4G impressive? Then here is a Samsung device that will make you happy. The new Samsung I8920 Omnia HD 2 is not exactly similar to EVO 4G, but close. Here is a brief on its tech specs
Display : 4 inches SUPER AMOLED touchscreen display
Platform : Symbian 3
Camera : 12 megapixel with Xenon and LED Flash, Video capture at 720p
Storage : 16GB and 32GB
Connectivity : Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
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