While it's quite common these days, to disallow tethering aka the use of a smartphone as a wireless modem for Notebooks, some carriers around the world still allow it. However, most smartphone platforms don't offer tethering out of the box and unlike Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7 isn't anything different anymore. However, users of a Samsung Omnia 7 or Samsung Focus can rejoice now because Samsung's Windows Phone 7 diagnosis mode was uncovered which allows to use the Omnia 7 and Focus as a wireless modem using a USB connection. All it needs is to enable the Samsung diagnosis mode first and changing the USB port settings after!
- To enable the diagnosis mode, dial ##634# and press call.
- In the diagnosis mode, dial the service code *#7284# and select Modem, Tethered Call.
- The Windows Phone 7 will reboot and next time it will be connected to a PC it will install the required USB modem drivers.
- Now you have to create a new dial-up connection on your PC using the GPRS typical dial-up settings:
- Dial-up phone number: *99***1#
- User name and Password: As required by your carrier (or not)
That's it, the Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus can now be used as a modem for sharing the devices HSPA connection with any Windows Vista or Windows 7 Notebook and PC.
In case you want to synchronize your phone with Zune again, just open the diagnosis mode again, this time from the start menu, dial again the service code and select Zune Sync.
Cheers ~ Arne