other smartphones, from the very beginning, Windows Mobile smartphones featured
an utility called "Internet
Sharing" which allowed to use Windows Mobile smartphones as a 2G/3G modem
for connected PCs and Notebooks. However, Internet Connection Sharing only
shared the connection by USB cable or Bluetooth. While in the early GPRS and
UMTS days, Bluetooth was sufficient and speedy enough, today with HSDPA and
HSUPA it's not fast enough anymore to transmit the data between the mobile
device and the connected PC. WiFi would be the way better option and there are a
commercial WiFi tether apps available.
Nevertheless, as it
turned leaked out now, HTC seems to work
on a WiFi tether application for Professional smartphones as well which is
called "Mobile Wi-Fi Router" and which might be included in future firmware
versions. Wi-Fi Router, which is available from the Settings menu, turns the HTC
smartphones into a mobile hotspot, similar to
Novatel Wireless MiFi.
However, in this case a user hasn't have to carry a second device but the HTC
Windows Mobile smartphone is just good enough:
While the connection in the ad-hoc "Computer to Computer" mode, it's even
able to handle multiple connections in parallel which means it makes the HTC
smartphone a real mobile hotspot.
Since HTC's Mobile Wi-Fi Router has leaked, it's not yet clear when and on
which phones it will be released. Also it's questionable if it will be released
on carrier branded devices since most carrier dislike tethering (or allow it for
an extra charge only).
Cheers ~ Arne