It turns out that it's disabled by Sprint, unless you want to pay an additional $30.00/month for the privilege.
Luckily, the phone is an Android™, and not, for example, an iPhone™, so:
- I turned on USB debugging mode.
- Downloaded an application to root the phone.
- Unzipped the file.
- Ran a batch file.
- Downloaded Google's Android-Wifi-Tether to the phone, and installed it.
- Set up the name and password.
- Turned off USB debugging mode.
In any case, this reveals how a more open architecture than the Apple/iPhone can let one take full advantage of the capabilities of the phone that you actually paid for.
Sweet, though I still think that Android's Calendar is kind of weak.
In any case, I am posting this from my laptop in moving car, and theoretically, we could have up to 4 devices attached.
My thoughts on the phone:
- The display is positively stunning.
- The touch screen, which does not require a stylus, is still not completely comfortable to me.
- Having actual multi-tasking is useful, though one has to be careful to not allow something in the background that will kill the battery.
- The keyboard is very nice.
- The camera is nice.
- Reception is much better than my Palm.
- 4G coverage is kind of spotty, but it is still being built out by Sprint.
- Posting to the blog from the phone is still a pain, which is one of the reasons that I am tethering the laptop to the phone. The other reason is so that we could watch Youtubes and the Macy's Parade.
- Having real GPS on the phone, as opposed to cell tower triangulation, is wonderful.
- Wifi mode chews the battery something fierce. If you don't have it plugged in when using it, you won't get much time.
*No, I m not driving, my wife is. I may be crazy, but I am not stupid.