Just minutes ago I posted about the possibility of tethering on Windows Phone and BAM I’m tethered! Patrick (from MobilityDigest as well as Xbox 360 Digest to name a few) gave me the login and password for AT&T tethering and once I put them in I was connected using my Focus and my laptop was on the web! And not just that, it’s pretty easy.
Note that for now this method only works for Samsung devices because you need to get into Diagnosis and we only know how to do this for Samsung. Nonetheless, the OS can tether so it’s just a matter of time.
Here’s the step by step:
1) open your phone and dial ##634# then press call. You’ll go into the Diagnosis Menu (going forward this icon appears in your programs so you don’t need to dal that again). This is just a phone dialer with a little icon and note on top.
2) In diagnosis mode (phone dialer) dial *#7284# and a dialogue will pop up letting you change the settings from Zune to modem or “Modem, USB dialog.”. You want to go with “Modem, Tethered Call”. It will restart you phone after a few seconds. [UPDATE: I forgot to mention that you need Zune installed on the PC or else the driver install won’t go correctly. If the drivers fail, add Zune, reconnect the phone and they’ll be fixed. Also, if the drivers don’t work try the drivers here (from Long Zheng of istartedsomething)] Once it restarts, connect to your PC over USB and drivers will be installed on your computer. Now go to your connections on your PC and you’ll see that a Samsung modem was added.
3) on your PC you need to change the setting for the Samsung modem. If you set it to prompt for user name you’ll be able to put in the login info. This is all it is for AT&T:
number: *99***1# user name: WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM password: CINGULAR1
Go to connect and BAM. You’re tethered. [Note: For Optimus 7 users check these instructions]
I will tell you it went to ‘register’ the first time and failed. The second time worked and now I can connect and disconnect by plugging/unplugging my USB cord and I’m tethered baby!
So you know, as long as you are in this mode Zune will not connect. You need to change the settings back to Zune for USB. So just sync Zune over wifi and call it a day and leave USB for tethering. Anyway, glad we were able to put this to rest. Now report back with your results and if you can do this on non-Samsung devices please share as well. But to be clear, the OS can tether. 100% verified. No questions asked about that any longer.
The Man may put a stop to this so lock onto our RSS feed to stay tuned as we scramble for another way.