Turn your HTC Windows Phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot for free
We show you how to turn your Windows Mobile-powered HTC smartphone into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot with no monthly fees
With phones like the Palm Pre Plus and the HTC EVO 4G gaining attention, consumers are now becoming hip to the idea of a portable hotspot feature. What some people might not know, however, is that Windows Mobile users have been doing this for years.
With the completely reworked Windows Phone 7 platform from Microsoft coming later this year, this quirk will undoubtedly be gone, but for those still rocking Windows Mobile devices, your dreams of being a walking hotspot are closer than you think. We'll show you how:
While the terminology may differ between "Internet Sharing" and "Wireless Modem", the concept is the same. First we'll set up Internet Sharing with your computer.
1. Pair your device with your PC (Bluetooth or USB) and locate the Internet Sharing shortcut.
2. Select "PC Connection Type" from the drop down, then select "Network Connection Type" from the next drop down.
3. Click on Connect.
Pretty simple, right? Now that we've got Internet Sharing setup via USB, it's time to cut those cords and set up the Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi Internet Sharing
4. Grab the Wi-Fi Internet Sharing cab [free download] and sync your phone using Windows Mobile Device or Active Sync.
5. Copy the downloaded Wi-Fi Internet Sharing cab file into your storage card on your device, and then disconnect your device from your PC.
6. Find the Wi-Fi Internet Sharing cab file using the File Explorer on your phone and install by selecting it.
7. Follow the on screen instructions. (The file may be stored and run from a storage card)
Now it's time to test it out.
8. Tap the Start menu, and look for the Wi-Fi Internet Sharing icon and select it to open the application.
9. Follow the on-screen directions to set up your device.
10. Select "Start Connection", and you should now be able to connect to your device.
11. Open your computer's Wi-Fi manager and connect using the WEP key provided on the phone.
Voilá! You should now be able to access the internet via your computer's browser or internet applications. Now that you have it set up, you should also be able to access this connection from other Wi-Fi enabled devices using the same WEP key.
If you were NOT able to connect to the phone in steps 1-3, and only have one drop down menu in the Internet Sharing utility, you'll need to perform a simple Registry Edit.
Naturally, wireless carriers prefer that you not utilize your device in this way -- at least without paying them for the privilege -- as most of the devices that people would connect are very data-intensive gadgets. And let's face it, they know us well in that way. Therefore, they add lines of code in the phones' registries that prevent you from doing things outside of their control. We can change that.
1. Grab a PHM Registry Editor [free download], and sync your phone using Windows Mobile Device or Active Sync.
2. Copy the downloaded PHM Registry Editor cab file into your storage card on your device, and then disconnect your device.
3. Find the PHM Registry Editor cab file using the File Explorer on your phone and install by selecting it.
4. Follow the on screen instructions. (The file may be stored and run from a storage card)
5. Open the PHM Registry Editor, and search for "ForceCellConnection".
6. Select "ForceCellConnection" and rename it "OldForceCellConnection" and perform a soft reset.
Repeat steps 1-3 in the guide above again, and you should now obtain a connection successfully.