No USB Tethering On Windows Phone 7

Earlier this month, there were reports that suggested that Microsoft could be offering the USB tethering functionality on Windows Phone 7. This must have got many of you excited considering that many carriers, at least in the US, offering tethering as a value-added service at extremely steep rates of $20 to $30 a month.

The excitement died a little when it was later revealed that it was up to the carriers to either enable or disable the feature on their networks. However, it now appears that the whole announcement could be wrong. Microsoft has come out with a statement letting us know that the USB tethering functionality shall not be provided on Windows Phone 7; at least in the initial phase of launch. Apparently, this was a feature “on the bubble” before Microsoft moved to the final RTM phase. Microsoft has dismissed the speculations as misinformation.

Regardless, now that we know that the new Windows Phone 7 is not going to come with one of its core USPs, I wonder if this is going to be a deal-breaker.