The latest software update delivered in June to Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800, added among others a new Internet sharing (or Wi-Fi tethering) feature. "Internet sharing will also be appearing in future Lumia smartphones like the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820," Nokia said.
Often called as "Wi-Fi tethering," is a way of connecting the mobile devices through Wi-Fi to to let the device access internet through the other mobile device. This is specailly useful when you have got a data plan on a single device and want to acces internet on other device that don't have a mobile data plan.
"The two devices connect to each other using Wi-Fi and up to five devices (which can also include computers, not just mobiles) can be connected at any one time."
If you've updated to the latest software on your Lumia, you should already be seeing this new feature. Here's how you set up Internet sharing to turn your Lumia 800 an or Lumia 710 into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
- Navigate to settings in the app list, and then scroll down to Internet Sharing. A simple flick of the switch turns Internet sharing On.
- If its the first time you're doing this, "your phone will automatically be given a broadcast name." This is the name that other people will see when they're looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot on their own device. You'll also be given a password that people will need to input in order to connect. Pressing the setup button at the bottom allows you to change all of these details.
- When people connect to your device, your phone will tell you how many people are accessing the Internet through your phone in the Guests connected section.
If you're worried about people abusing your data plan, don't be. "If you yourself are connected to a WiFi access point, they're not eating into your data allowance. However, if you're away from a WiFi access point and are still hosting a connection through your operator, you can manage your data use with Counters - the perfect companion when Internet sharing," Nokia said.
At any point, you can switch off Internet sharing by going back into the settings menu and flicking the switch; so you're always in control.
If you've not already updated to the latest software on your Lumia, watch the two videos embedded below: