Microsoft Working on Tethering For Windows PhoneMay 26, 2011 No Comments
We always knew that it wasn’t a matter of being able to do it technically but a battle with the cariers to allow it to get done. Carriers do not want to give us the ability to use the internet on our phone to power the web on another device. Obviously the would much rather us pay extra for another line of service.
It is a feature though that I really do miss from the Windows Mobile days. I am glad to hear though that Microsoft is working on getting us this feature eventhough there is no official word if it will ever make it out onto our Windows Phones.
Microsoft’s Matt Bencke replied to our cries for tethering in detail on the Windows Phone blog.
“I appreciate your pain around tethering (using your device as a modem) as this has been something that I’ve used in the past. Tethering, in the past was something that we managed independently of the Mobile Operators (e.g. AT&T, Orange, Verizon). In recent years, the Mobile Operators have now taken ownership of this functionality x-all platforms (e.g. our competitors as well as us). We are continually working with them and our OEM partners to enable this functionality for our devices, but at this time there isn’t an announcement that we’ve made in regards to rolling out this feature. Stay Tuned!”
Hopefully we will actually get tethering on our phone sooner than later. The Nokia deal actually might pressure carriers to give Microsoft more wiggle room since I believe they will be a hot ticket item.Tags: Carriers, Matt Bencke, Microsoft, Tethering, wifi, Windows Phone, windows phone 7, WP7News