05-15-2013, 04:03 PM #1
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I have a couple of Windows 8 Phones. My challenge is that I carry around a Samsung Galaxy S4 as a wifi hot spot which I would rather not do anymore. I tried with AT&T to get them to turn the feature on and charge me for it, but I am still on a grandfathered unlimited data plan which they want to make me give up to get hotspot / tethering, which defeats the purpose. But I digress....What do i need to do to enable WiFi Hot Spot regardless of my carriers ineptness. I used to be able to on my previous Samsung WP7.
1. Can I edit the registry somehow?
2. Can I use my developers account somehow to enable it?
3. Do I have to "root" my phone?
4. Is there an app I can sideload?
Can anyone point me in the right direction?
- 05-15-2013, 04:19 PM #2
I'm in the UK so not sure how much this will help. I've heard that AT&T is allowing unlocking of their phones after a period of time. Not sure if that opens up the system any. I'm assuming that the carrier prevents tethering? I've always found that a bit weird. On my 920 it's simply under Setting -> Internet sharing and all is good. Far as I know there's no app or jailbreak solution.
- 05-16-2013, 02:22 AM #4
Odd how american companies have a habit of doing this. AFAIK no other countries restrict tethering or make you pay more for it.
Then again we dont have any unlimited plans at all for data. So maybe them blocking it is fair.
- 05-16-2013, 03:14 AM #5
Just out of curiosity do you have the Internet sharing under Settings?
- 05-16-2013, 05:27 PM #7
Even if you unlock the phone you still won't be able to tether. Only way to do it is have a non ATT firmware on the device. Any ATT branded device will have that restriction (but at least with android you have other app options)
05-17-2013, 12:02 AM #10
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Depending on the WP8 phone you have, you may be able to get wired tethering working. I managed it on my Ativ S. The process is actually very similar to WP7 for Samsung phones, using the Diagnosis app (##634#) and then *#7284# to be able to switch the USB mode. "QC RmNetComposite", and then you have to find the appropriate drivers. I had to install them manually - Windows Update searching didn't work - but the drivers worked fine. I'm attaching the ones I used here; use Device Manager to install them (worked for me on Win7 x64; click through the warning about signatures).
More info: xda-developers - View Single Post - [Q] USB Tethering
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