Nokia Lumia Product Manager: Tethering will be “coming soon for 800 and 710 via Zune update”

windowsphone  Nokia Lumia Product Manager: Tethering will be coming soon for 800 and 710 via Zune update photosTethering is a must-have feature on my phones, and right now it’s not possible available on select Windows Phone devices. The functionality has already been confirmed for the upcoming AT&T Nokia Lumia 900, which is due to be released next month. It’s sorely lacking on  my Nokia Lumia 800, and one of the main reasons I’m not perfectly happy with this device.

But Lumia 800 and 710 owners might have good news. In a recent Q&A session interview posted by Nokia, the product managers of the Nokia Lumia 900 confirmed for us that the Lumia 800 and 710 will both be getting tethering, also known as mobile WiFi hotspot.

Without going into much detail, here is the exact quote:

Q: When will the tethering update for the Lumia devices be pushed out?

A: It will be in coming soon for 800 and 710 via Zune update, for 610 and 900 it will be available at launch.”

That is great news for Nokia Windows Phone customers, but as I mentioned, the details are vague.

Questions come to mind like:

Will tethering only come to unlocked Nokia phones? Or will the feature be available for branded devices as well?

The Nokia Lumia 900 will have tethering regulated by AT&T through a special data plan and is capable of connecting up to five devices. We still haven’t received word on the pricing or limits on the Lumia 900 hotspot feature, but we expect this information to be available in the coming weeks.

Keep checking back or follow us on Twitter (@mobile_fanatics) for more information on this topic!

Source: Nokia Connects

  • Ned Sarm

    I hope they bring out a Lumia 900 in white. Just picked up a N9. It’s great! Way more fun to use than my N8. I definitely will pick up a Lumia 900. I have a Dell Venue Pro. It is nice but a tad too thick. I wish nokia would release a windows phone with portrait keyboard but slimmer. But back to the N9. It feels so great in hand. Amazing.

  • Ned Sarm

    I hope they bring out a Lumia 900 in white. Just picked up a N9. It’s great! Way more fun to use than my N8. I definitely will pick up a Lumia 900. I have a Dell Venue Pro. It is nice but a tad too thick. I wish nokia would release a windows phone with portrait keyboard but slimmer. But back to the N9. It feels so great in hand. Amazing.

  • http://www.themobilefanatics.com Mike Macias

    Agreed. I really think the white Lumia 900 will sell very well, especially if brought to AT&T. If I recall, it will debut in black and cyan. A world model in white will be available, but not AT&T branded with 4G LTE.

    A Nokia Windows Phone with a keyboard will be something to behold :)

    Enjoy that N9. It has a great camera and nice UI. Very fun operating system.

  • Ned Sarm

    Thanks. This N9 is very nice.  I got the white one.  Way faster than my N8.  It makes Symbian look antiquated. I think the UI is better than Windows Phone and iOS and of course Symbian.  Can’t speak for Android having never used one for more than 5 mins. WebOS is similar to Swipe right? I caught myself trying to swipe on my N8, Dell Venue Pro, and iPod Touch.  The Spotify app for Meego is the best version I have tried.  It’s similar in design to the iOS version but more elegant and it has a mix radio feature that the other platforms lack.  I guess the Spotify guys are fans of Meego.  I hope Nokia change their minds Meego/Maemo/Harmattan. 

    I am kinda torn if I should get the Galaxy Note to see what Android is all about or the Lumia 900.  

    By the way I recently turned on my Nokia N82 to make sure everything is ok.  Still kicking.  I regret selling my E71.  That phone never died on me.

    Do you still have the N82 and E71?  

  • Henk W.

    This tethering update rumour is spreading on the web for almost half a year now. In
    between we’ve seen few firmware updates and recently even a bugfix on one of
    those.

    Really disappointing that the most basic functionality has to be fixed
    long after the device has been release on the market. But even more
    disappointing that the tethering function is still missing on a device
    which wants to compete with Galaxy SII and iPhone 4S.

    Does Nokia continue testing basic firmware on commercial devices!?! Or
    is Nokia now finally going to make the move to close the gap with it’s
    main competitors?!?

    Can we please have a clear answer form Nokia regarding the timeframe they have in mind for this update?