How To: Use Windows Phone 7 as Modem (Tethering)

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Tutorials, Tweaks, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 26-01-2011

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Windows Phone 7 misses out on a lot of important features, Internet Tethering being one of the major missing feature. A lot of us out there use our Mobiles as Modem for constant on the go Internet for our Laptops/Netbooks.

Although I have no doubt that Internet Tethering support will eventually come to WP7 in future updates, currently most of us cannot afford to miss out on it.

The folks over at XDA have came upon a solution that allows us to use our Windows Phone 7 Devices as Modem.

The procedure is not as simple but if you really need Tethering right now, follow the steps below :

Note: You need a “Developer Unlocked Device“. At this point, the only way to Unlock your Device is to use the Chevron unlock hack.

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1. Download the DFRouter App from : Click Here

2. Download HTC Sync Software from HTC Site. (Note that this is for Android phones but contains the required Modem drivers for tethering)

New Microsoft Ad shows Synergy w/ Windows Phone

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Videos, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 25-01-2011

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Microsoft has recently shown some aggressive advertising through its various Videos showing the integration between the various Microsoft Services and Devices.

Microsoft has recently launched 2 new videos showing the same on its Official Youtube channel.

Have a look at them below :

New Jailbreak in line for Windows Phone 7

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Tweaks, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 25-01-2011

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After the Chevron team officially joined hands with Microsoft, its only obvious to wonder to what extent they will support the core Homebrew community. Will they allow anyone with a Windows Phone to be allowed Development free of cost? A lot of doubts still remain unanswered.

Meanwhile another Developer who was famous for his TouchXperience mod has released details about his upcoming tool that uses a different method to “JailBreak” your Windows Phone 7.

This tool as seen in the above screenshot, will allow you to Developer unlock your Windows Phone 7 permanently! (unlike Chevrons temporary unlock) This means you can sideload Homebrew applications, Debug your Windows Phone 7 Application right on the actual device, use Mass Storage Mode, etc.

The developer will not be releasing this tool before the next WP7 update for obvious reasons. Once the Official WP7 update is released he will launch this tool. So all you Developers out there won’t lose out on the the unlock and still be able to enjoy the updated features of Windows Phone 7.

Read the Official announcement of the new Jailbreak after the break!

Another Video of the HD2 Running WP7S

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in HTC HD2, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 29-03-2010

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I’d previously posted about a Rumor of HD2 getting a WP7S Beta ROM which was later confirmed by multiple sources.

Now a Htcpedia user named ‘MagLite‘ has posed another Video which shows Calculator and Internet Explorer Running on the HD2.

Have a look:

You can see the previous Video and some snaps in my earlier post.

Windows Phone 7 Series ROM for HTC HD2 to be available soon [Now with Video Proof]

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in HTC HD2, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 28-03-2010

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A very popular Site’s Administrator has leaked the information about a Windows Phone 7 Series ROM for HTC HD2. He has provided snaps of the HD2 running WP7S, but that doesn’t mean anything. It could even be simple pictures being viewed via the HD2′s Album Application.

But there’s some credit to the Source as it’s been put up by the Admin of that Forum.

WP7S is still a long way from release and if HD2 is the 1st Device to run it, looking at the current sales of the HD2 in the US, those sales will certainly get even a higher boost due to this.

Is it really true or not? We’ll know soon enough now!

*Update* One of the Moderators at XDA has Confirmed this! Now we all wait with bated breath!

*Update 2* Now updated with Video.

It’s been said that at this moment its not possible to revert back to Windows Mobile 6.5 once you install this WP7S ROM as the Bootloader and AMSS (Advanced Mobile Subscriber Software) have been modified!

Check out Video, more snaps and link after the break.

Download Windows Phone 7 Theme

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Themes, Tutorials, Tweaks, Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 22-03-2010

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Windows Phone 7 Series is going to have an entirely new and very unique User Interface. Microsoft calls this the Metro UI. The speciality of this UI is that it focuses on the Content rather than graphical elements like Icons.

Information is shown in big bold letters and the Start menu is composed of a concept called ‘Live Tiles’.

Microsoft disappointed everyone by leaving out any existing Windows Mobile Phone from getting a WP7S upgrade. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try out the new UI on your current Windows Mobile.

Many Modders and Designers out there are trying to get the Windows Phone 7 experience onto your WinMo device.

WP7S Theme

The Best WP7S theme I came so far was one by ‘arley12’ an XDA Forums member.

His Theme is based on the Throttle Launcher Shell UI.

Check out the Theme in action, its almost indistinguishable from the actual WP7S Interface :

The Theme is still not 100% complete and is a work in progress. Here’s what we have so far :

- Scrollable home page and apps launcher
- Animated real contacts on home page
- Animated pictures tile with different thumbs from user selected folder
- Animated "Me" tile for owner info (customizable photo)
- Animated contacts tiles for People hub
- People hub
- Games hub
- Ability to select an Xbox LIVE Avatar (animates on home screen)
- Five color patterns for the tiles (Blue, Red, Green, Dark Blue, Yellow)
- Custom taskbar with a clock (can revert back to standard WM taskbar)
- Custom WP7S soft keys (can revert back to standard WM keys)
- Battery indicator(Graphics by HDOwner)
- Pin favorite apps on the home page

How to Download and Install :

Windows Phone 7 Emulator Hacked and Unlocked

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Downloads, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 19-03-2010

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Windows Phone 7 SDK was made available at MIX10. The best thing was that this SDK was Free for everyone. But developing applications for a Device which is not available yet would’t be possible. So for developers to build their applications without an actual device Microsoft included a Windows Phone 7 Emulator.

Now this Emulator was locked down. It did not have any applications except Internet Explorer! So people interested in trying out all the features of Windows Phone 7 were left disappointed.

That is until now, someone has successfully managed to Unlock the Full Emulator for Windows Phone 7.

Here’s how to make the Emulator work :

Download the Dev tools (Visual Studio 10 Express) from Microsoft

Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (Optional Download Only if the above gives any error)

Windows Phone 7 Confirmed to Support MultiTasking

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 18-02-2010

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Windows Phone 7 was announced and there were strong rumors that it did not support Multitasking.

Well now it’s confirmed that it does indeed Support Multitasking apparant from the leaked Developer Documents for Windows Phone 7.

Checkout out a screenshot describing Multitasking support for Windows 7 Series below:

Check out more leaked Developer Documents here

Why the HTC HD2 will probably get a Windows Phone 7 Update

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in HTC HD2, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 16-02-2010

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Windows Phone 7 Series was announced yesterday. One of the major point to be taken into consideration is the Hardware Specification. The minimum Hardware requirements for a Windows Phone 7 is actually not so minimum.

The previously leaked Chassis 1 Requirement mentions a minimum of 512Mb RAM, a Qualcomm 1Ghz Processor, WVGA Screen, MultiTouch Support among others.

There are a few devices on the market which currently meet those specifications. The HTC HD2 is one of them and it does have a large userbase. So everyone is hoping that the HD2 gets a Windows Phone 7 Update.

Will the HTC HD2 get a Windows Phone 7 Update? Well, probably! Here’s why :

1. The Demo Unit at MWC ran the same processor as HD2, the Qualcomm Snapdragon. HD2 meets all the minimal requirements. (4 Point MultiTouch support on the HD2 is still unknown)

Windows Phone 7 Series Announced – Details and Impressions

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Events, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 15-02-2010

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Windows Phone 7 Series was just announced Officially at the Mobile World Congress 2010. This new version of Windows Phone marks the beginning of a new era. Windows Phone OS has been totally re-vamped and built up from ground up!

The new Interface is inspired from Microsoft’s highly successful Zune Interface. Everything is super slick and tightly integrated with each other. The look is simplistic yet feature rich.

Microsoft has roped in lots of Carriers and Hardware Partners to promote its new Windows Phone 7 Series. Some of the major Carrier Partners include AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, while hardware partners include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm.

The Start screen majorly consists of what’s called as “Live Panels“. These panels constantly update Live data from services such as Facebook and Windows Live.  Browsing throughout the UI is full of pan in and out animations which look terrific.

Peoples Hub


The Peoples Application is where the Facebook integration with the the OS at System level really shines. Real time live data is pulled from your Facebook account and people with whom your most frequently interact are shown in a slick interface along with their most recent status updates. Again every information be it Contacts or Profile Pics are stored on the cloud.

XBox Live integration seems a major step in bringing Gaming to a Mobile level and connecting Microsoft’s highly successful XBox Gaming Console.