Nokia to Offer Tethering for the rest of the Lumia Family

After the high-end smartphones Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 were introduced last fall, the public wondered how the low end members of the family would fair. The response came at this year's edition of CES and visitors at the Nokia booth could see Lumia 610.

The handset impressed the tech writers with built-in tethering capabilities. After checking out the long sheet with technical specifications, including Windows Phone Mango, 3.7-inch TFT display, Gorilla Glass coating, 256 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal flash memory and Internet tethering, single-core 800 MHz CPU and rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, one question burned the mind of tech oriented journalists. How come the high end models of the range don't offer tethering support? Asked by users on the dedicated blog, the Finnish phone maker address this question.

The company promised the tethering update for the Lumia devices is a matter of interest for Nokia. "It will be in coming soon for 800 and 710 via Zune update, for 610 and 900 it will be available at launch." The promise is lacking the essential details like whether update will include tethering via USB cable and the ability to create a mobile hotspot.