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Wi-Fi Internet Sharing / Tethering Baked Into “Mango” Windows Phone

According to reports internet sharing/tethering is not only coming in Windows Phone but it is actually built in to the impending “Mango” Windows Phone 7 update. As you can see in the picture embedded below (to the right), that’s an official instantiation of Internet Sharing on a Samsung Focus running Mango.

Rafael Rivera confirmed via tweet, “Confirm ICS is baked into my Mango phone (e.g. Ics*.dll, HKLM\Comm\InternetSharing). My guess is requires carrier “update” to enable,” notes WPCentral.

Long Zheng dig out localization files which gives some clues about how the tethering functionality can be enabled. According to Zheng, “To enable tethering on this device dial {0}” and “To enable tethering on this device, go to {0}”, would suggest tethering will not be enabled by default. Instead, users will have to call their operator or visit their operator’s website to have the feature enabled (provisioned) remotely.

The localization files also reveal users will be able to choose between no encryption (Open) and WPA2 encryption for hotspot security and the number of guests allowed is also customizable, presumably by the carrier.

With registry editing access locked down in Mango, manually overriding this functionality may prove difficult but I’m sure top minds are at it already. As someone who has used the same feature on Android many times over, this couldn’t come soon enough.

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