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Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

Phones running Microsoft’s new OS will definitely offer support for tethering, Microsoft’s Director for Windows Phone 7 has revealed.

Brandon Watson confirmed that Windows Phone 7 handsets will double as mobile broadband dongles/MiFi units in a roundtable discussion on the Windows Weekly Podcast.

However, before you get too excited about freedom from the tyranny of USB, Watson noted that the decision whether to enable this feature will be down to individual carriers.

The debut Windows Phone 7 mobiles are expected to arrive next month after Microsoft officially unwraps its much-anticipated platform in mid-October.

Launch handsets are due from LG, Samsung and HTC and will be available across all major UK networks.

However, industry watchers have questioned the extent to which Samsung and HTC will throw their weight behind the OS, given that the former has its own Bada platform to push, while in the minds of the public the latter is inextricably linked to Google’s Android.

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