Windows Phone 7 updates pop up today. Enables Internet Sharing.

Internet sharing is a feature already included on the overseas HTC Titan I have. I started hearing reports on some lists I am on that they were prompted with an update when they connected to the Zune software today. So far, I have heard that the HTC Mozart and HD7 had updates available. Well, I returned home from work and hooked my HTC Titan up and I have an update ready as well.

I just got the HTC Titan recently and it was already updated to 7.5 (Mango). To get another update this fast is quite nice. I am used to how slow Microsoft used to be about updates. In session last fall prior to the release of Windows Phone 7, it was said that one of Microsoft’s priorities was to be able to roll out updates faster. They wanted to be able to enable minor updates without waiting for carriers and OEMs to hold the rollout up waiting for certifications and such. Seems as if things are starting to roll Microsoft’s way now.

Here’s how it went:


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From start to finish, the update took about 10-12 minutes. I mentioned that I already had this option available to me on the HTC Titan in my settings. Well, I saw it there, but haven’t gotten around to trying it. I am not sure if it would have worked prior to this update, but it doesn’t now. Check out the 3rd image from the left above!

Connection not shared
To enable tethering on this device, go to att.com/mywireless or dial 611 

Bummer huh. No free tethering for me. I suppose this would be a big mess for carriers if overseas models like mine circumvented their process. I can’t say what will happen on devices that run on other carriers.

UPDATE: Todd Ogasawara, a fellow former Microsoft MVP, Windows Phone got the update on his HD7 on T-Mobile and was able to enable this feature. I am not sure if he is paying for a tethering plan or not though.

For more information, I am providing some links to some of my friends sites that also have information on this update:

Stay tuned for “Moving from Android to Windows Phone 7 Part 3″, information about using ChevronWP7 to unlock my HTC Titan, and my Windows Phone 7 Twitter Client comparison!

Did you get the update today? What phone?

Comments

  1. Pavel Gatilov says

    Yeah, updated HTC Mozart. It got the Internet Sharing and seems to have some WiFi issues fixed.

  2. Jeremiah says

    I have updated my HTC HD7 on T-Mobile in Jacksonville, FL.  The internet WIFI sharing on my HD7 phone is awesome.  Attached is a test that I did using speedtest.net and this 3G connection is just as fast as my Sprint Overdrive 4G hotspot!  Now I can get rid of my Sprint account, sweet!

  3. Jason Perry says

    I started using the Internet Sharing feature on my Titan this morning.  The phone was purchased stateside from Amazon… arrived with the feature showing up on the Settings page, however until I made a call to AT&T to activate the phone / choose a data plan – I was receiving the same message indicated above.  Requiring the Internet for my job, I chose the 4GB + Tethering option – so far so good (minus the occasional disconnect between my laptop and phone).  Now let’s see how calm I can remain after receiving that first bill containing overage that I was not yet aware of :)

  4. Sherry says

    I have the Nokia 520. I was tethering devices before the update but now, I get the message “to enable tethering on this device…” I talked to AT&T and they have no option to affect that. Other users on my plan are still able to tether so its not a data issue. I’m at a loss. Very frustrating! Other than that, I’m glad the update happened. They made some big improvements.

  5. Sherry says

    I just realized the date of this article. I am referring to a Windows update that happened in the beginning of August 2014.

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