Microsoft director for WP7 confirms tethering functionality, but carriers will control it

Microsoft director for WP7 confirms tethering functionality, but carriers will control it
It's great news for those who already made their decision about picking up some sort of Windows Phone 7 handset; especially when it looks like tethering will be available from the onset. Adding more credibility to this functionality out of the box, Microsoft's Director for Windows Phone 7, Brandon Watson, said that tethering will be supported at launch during the Windows Weekly Podcast.

So that's it, right? Owners can start tethering their handsets to their computers without limitations?

Well, the case is not so because Watson said that it will ultimately come down to the carriers whether they'll have it enabled or not. Sure, it's probably a bummer for some people, but it's something that would be expected when we see networks being clogged due to the extensive amount of data being gobbled up by consumers.

via WMExperts

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3 Comments

1. rafael.roque

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 03, 2010

So Windows 7 phones are capable out of the box, but it will still be up to the network providers to enable it or disable it. Way to be pro-customer Microsoft.

2. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

It does suck, but I'm sure people will find a way to get around the restrictions that carriers may place on this. They need to make the phone appeal to the carriers too, who are all about control. We love our carrier subsidized phones here in the US, so if carriers aren't going to carry it, there goes a huge chunk of sales.

3. PHONE FREAK unregistered

I'm sure t-mobile will allow it =]

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