Tethering update confirmed for Nokia Lumia Windows Phones

Nokia Lumia handsets are all set sport WiFi tethering with an imminent update, according to a report by Plaffo. We previously touched on the lack of tethering support found with the Lumia 710 and 800, and an FAQ article for the Lumia 900 stated the two handsets should be receiving an update in the near future to activate said feature.

The Lumia 610 and 900 both reportedly support Internet sharing out the box, which was introduced in the Windows Phone "Mango" update. Should Plaffo's source for this news, who's employed by Three in Italy, hold out we should see Nokia work with carriers to push out a firmware update that will address the issue of not being able to create a hotspot with a Lumia handset.

We do not expect to see tethering enabled in any of the current firmware released, which all sport battery improvements. This is due to Nokia ensuring carriers continue to roll out new versions with important stability fixes and do not skip an update to avoid tethering.

Source: Plaffo

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  • Will this mean that carriers that haven't got plans to push the 12070 update for the Lumia 800 are likely to skip it if a newer firmware update for tethering is likely to be appearing soon? Does the same rule regarding OS build updates apply where by carriers can only skip one firmware update, or is it out of Nokia's control?
  • Nice. I can't wait to get my Lumia 900 from Rogers. it's going to be the perfect companion for my Nokia Windows 8 tablet when it come out this fall.
  • Will there be a charge from AT&T?
  • Tethering plan required... Only one offered is $50 5GB
  • How is that focus doing it? 
  • I seriously don't get why carriers that don't have unlimited data plans are so afraid of tethering; it makes people use more data, which makes them in turn BUY more data, thus making the carrier more money! I have an HD7 on Bell in Canada, running build 8107, and they still haven't pushed out my firmware for tethering!
  • The article says "WiFi tethering" should I assume 3G tethering will not supported on a Lumia 800?
  • WP offers the ability to set up an HotSpot via your phone. Your phone is connected to 3G (for instance) and allows WiFI-cabable devices to connect. Every connected device can now access the internet through your phone.