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Nokia Lumia 610 advertised with Wi-Fi hotspot capability

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While Nokia's Lumia 800 and 710 haven't been able to create Wi-Fi hotspots up to this point, the company is now advertising the capability as part of the Lumia 610's feature set.

Gallery Photo: Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on photos
Gallery Photo: Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on photos

Microsoft introduced the ability to create Wi-Fi hotspots in the Windows Phone Mango update, but it's a feature that's been missing from Nokia's Lumia 800 and 710. As Unwired View points out, however, the manufacturer is now touting the feature — for the entry-level Lumia 610. It's not yet clear what's causing the distinction here; while some manufacturers weren't able to deliver internet sharing when Mango launched, enabling the feature was just carrier approval and a firmware update away. It obviously seems counterintuitive that Nokia would offer the feature on the low end but not the rest of the product line. That said, the Lumia 610 will be launching with Microsoft's Tango update, so it could be a matter of Nokia simply waiting for the next Windows Phone iteration to bring its full line of devices up to speed. Either way, we'll know for sure when Tango launches later this year.