Nokia 520 - No Internet Sharing?

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Got the 520 about a month ago. Like it fine, but there's no Internet Sharing. My previous Nokia 710, a Windows 7.5 phone, had it.

Every indication I find on the web is that it should be in the same place - Settings->Internet Sharing. Don't have that option.

Has Koodo removed it entirely? I've come across some users of different carriers where it doesn't work due to the carrier blocking it, but haven't seen anyone complain that the option doesn't even exist.
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Are you wanting to share your files over the network or use the phone as a wireless hotspot?
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If you mean creating a hot spot with your Koodo Nokia 520 I don't believe it has that feature & if it does I can't find it either and I just looked through the entire phone and even checked if it's a downloadable feature and didn't find anything there either.
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Yeah I don't understand the limitation either. I basically accepted it on my previous phone as I knew the WinPhone 7 API was pretty limited, after all that was supposed to the big reason Winphone 8 apps wouldn't be compatible with 7.5, effectively killing the "reboot" of Winphone - with a second one. But hey, Winphone 8 now shares the kernel with Win8, so it will be worth it! Uh...when?

And hell, not to mention MS's best consumer software to date - Zune - is not compatible with WP 8, instead there's this truly awful sync app which has 10% of the functionality and was basically broken in its first few releases. So few reviews of Win8 phones mention this, Zune was a failed hardware product but the software client was superb, and now it's actually a huge regression in syncing from WP 7. Just bizarre.

So agreed. I love the interface, love the performance of WP, love the price - but yeah, there's still some really basic functionality *still* not in there even outside of the limited app selection (no separate ringtones for various contacts, no separate volume levels, etc) - and no big improvements until WP 8.1, which isn't expected until late this year at the earliest.

MS just moves too damn slow.
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The reason(not a great one) the 520 is missing the equalizer is to cut down on cost, as it is another licence fee. the 520 wasn't really meant for a market like Canada but Koodo cheaped out again on it's WP offering
As for Zune and the new sync client well it's kind of pointless and that is why it is not feature rich.
WP8 was meant to not require a PC to use so everything get backed up to the cloud that you can sync on a desktop. updates get done OTA. there just trying to push you away from that dependence which is a little funny cause well its MS.
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Well the Win8 platform needs these cheap phones, it's off-contract price is the main reason I purchased it. $30 MP3 players have equalizers, any Android phone can have one - dunno, "licensing costs" doesn't really jive with that.

Yes, I realize MS wants to push Xbox music and subscriptions (and Win8), but they're delusional if they think people are doing to want to abandon their large locally stored collection. Even with a 1GB data plan I'm not going to be streaming my music, even with unlimited data there are too many situations where I wouldn't have a strong enough data connection to browse through music.

It's just so transparent of them. Zune could have been rebranded Xbox music and incorporated the store, but still give you a feature rich client. But everything to push their services now I guess.
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Are you kidding me? Is a lack of an equalizer a deal breaker for a $150 device? If it had everything, then what would be the point of buying higher end models.
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Uh, who in the heck said it was a "deal breaker"? I own it and will continue to do so, it's a great phone overall for the price and my second Nokia windows model - but It *is* a ridiculous omission in this day and age.

Relegating any form of tonal control to "high end" models is nonsense. As mentioned, any cheap-ass Android phone can download one, my old BB curve had preset tonal controls, 30$ MP3 players have them - christ my ancient Sony dumbphone had a full equalizer. It is not a high-end feature and hasn't been so for the good part of a decade on any piece of digital music listening equipment.

When you're struggling to break past Blackberry in marketshare you don't relegate standard features that the competition has had for years for some form of upsell. Windows Phone is struggling to *match* the pace of its competitors in feature sets and apps, it needs to be ahead of them to dig out the hole its in.

Giving Nokia a break, perhaps the problem is that MS is leaving it up to OEM's in the first place. This should be a part of the Xbox music app from the get-go, especially when MS controls the baseline hardware specs.
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A wireless hotspot. Windows Phone 8 can do this, other 520's have this, plenty of people using it in the US from my searching - but on my 520 from Koodo, it's apparently missing. Nokia is not blocking this feature that I'm aware of.

Yeah, 'ouch' is being gentle. Especially considering the now largely-deprecated WinPhone 7.8 platform had it with an equally low-end phone on Rogers.

Really hope this isn't a Koodo removal and this is a quirk that can be fixed.
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Says right on the spec sheet (Nokia Canada) that the Nokia 520 can handle up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices under the heading Browsing and Internet, sub-heading PMDM Wi-Fi Hotspot. I'm assuming you purchased the Nokia 520 from Koodo and not from a third-party re-seller.

The reason I say this is because there have been a rash of fake Nokia's floating around out there (more so with higher end Nokia's) and there are several ways to rule out whether your device is a fake or not.

1). Dial *#06# this will bring up your IMEI number. Click on the link below and enter the IMEI number into the box. Please do not publish your findings other than to say that the country of approval matches.

http://www.numberingplans.com/?page=a...

2). All new Nokia phones respond to the code *#7780# entered on the dialpad by asking you to confirm that you want to revert to factory settings and asking you for a lock code. If the phone you're looking at doesn't do this then it's not a Nokia.

3). If the phone is a "Chinese version" then it almost certainly is a fake. Nokia does have a production facility in China so "Made in China" isn't complete grounds for rejection, but the "Chinese version" is. While it's true that there are genuine "Chinese" versions, they have neither WiFi nor 3G capability as demanded by the Chinese government.

4). Plug the phone into the USB port of your computer with the provided cable. There's no need to install any software on your laptop, all you want to see is how the phone reacts. A genuine Nokia phone, when connected to a USB port, will give you the options "Default mode", "Printing" and "Data storage" for some models and "PC Suite", "Mass storage", "Image transfer" and "Media transfer" for others, or combinations thereof. Options frequently seen on fakes and never on genuine Nokia's include "webcam" and "comport". If the phone you're looking at displays either of these two options then it's definitely a fake.

5).Finally, try and get the firmware version currently installed in the phone. From the dialpad, enter *#0000# There's no way to formally validate the information you'll see, but one thing that is indicative of a fake is the date of the firmware revision in American format, MM-DD-YYYY, "02-22-2007" for example. If you're unsure, note down exactly what you see and contact Nokia Canada via email.

If everything checks out okay, it might be worth your while to head into a Koodo shop, (or any place that sells the Nokia 520 for that matter) and ask to see another Nokia 520 to confirm whether the new device exhibits the same problem or not.

If you find that the Internet Sharing/Hotspot feature works on other Nokia 520's, then I think it might be in your best interest to return the device where purchased and exchange it for one that has the feature that works.

It's not a repair issue, the phone is missing software that is otherwise advertised both by Koodo and the manufacturer to work with all Nokia 520's sold here in Canada.

Nokia 520 Specifications:

http://www.nokia.com/ca-en/products/p...

Koodo/Nokia 520 specifications: Click on image to enlarge it.

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Nope, a few of us have checked including myself a bunch of times and I can't find it and neither can anyone else. I just let Koodo know about what you found on the webstore and put a link to this thread so when they wake up we should have an answer of some sort. I'm gonna check the manual and see if it's hidden or what the heck is up.
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Okay, thank you Paul.
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NP, Thank You for finding that on the webstore I'm sure it will save a bunch of ppl getting angry that it doesn't have that feature but shows it does on the webstore, if indeed it doesn't and we're all just missing it. unfortunately the manual I just looked through and it's very basic just to get you started kind of manual. Maybe they will bring it in an update or something if it is missing.
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Rikkster thanks for that, but are those guides applicable to Windows Phone or is it just a general guide for previous Nokia's?

None of those codes from the dialpad work, and plugging it into the Windows host just downloads the drivers from Windows Update and opens up an Explorer view, giving you a link to download the sync app - exactly as it should. The options you're describing sound like an old Nokia dumbphone, not a modern Windows phone with mass storage support.

edit: Said "MTP" support previously- that's the old method, mass storage is one of the ways Win8 syncing changed.
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Rikkster, thanks for that - however are you sure that guide applies to modern Lumia WIndows smart phones from Nokia?

None of those codes work, as well plugging it into my PC just downloads the drivers from Windows Update and opens up an explorer view with a link to download the WP8 sync software, exactly as it should. The options you're describing sound like an old Nokia dumbphone and not an MTP-supported Windows 8 model.

And yes this was purchased directly from Koodo.
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Haha I found a workaround for now guys. Download an app from the app store called "LUMINA PUSHER". Then after its installed open it up (it will be in your app list) and click on "ACCESS POINT" and then INSTALL IT. Then exit that app and go to your phones settings menu. Scroll to the bottom and find a new setting called "ACCESS POINT" & click on it. It will give you a list of a few carriers, choose yours which would be KOODO. Wait until it says "ACTIVE" instead of inactive like it did before you pressed it. Then exit back to your settings menu and the 4th option down will now be "INTERNET SHARING" Ta data ;-)
Press it and turn on Internet sharing and it will give you a unique password you'll type into the device you are trying to connect to your Nokia.

I hope this helps you guys :-)
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Oh...relating somewhat to this, this could possibly be a way to enable the graphic equalizer on the phone by installing the audio app - only problem is, since it's already installed (selecting it just leads to a title of "Enhancements" with a blank page), you only get the SHARE option.

Any way to actually remove the Nokia apps once they're installed?
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There is no way to remove system apps (ones that create new menu options and don't show up in the app list) other than a factory reset.
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Oh and after you have Internet sharing showing in your settings list and it's working delete the Lumia pusher app so your not tempted to update that app, which may break your working Internet sharing feature.
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Will do, thanks again Paul.
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No Problem man, enjoy. hopefully someone makes a EQ app in the appstore soon for you.
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I am having the same issue. I tried using the Lumia pusher and now have the internet sharing heading but when I try to turn it on it says it can't detect my data connection. Any other ideas?
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Just a silly question, are you normally able to access the Internet over a non wifi connection?
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Ya there are no issues using the internet. Internet sharing just won't enable. It says it can't detect the data connection. I spoke with koodo and they don't understand why its not working.
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I don't know if this will work but if bluetooth is enabled disable it before using file sharing. Let us know.
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Bluetooth is already off.
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I have same issue with a lumia 920 and 928. Put in Virgin sim and worked.
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"It will give you a list of a few carriers, choose yours which would be KOODO" Does not show KOODO....... What gives? HELP!!
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Can u be more specific about your issue Brad?
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I use all the steps given and go into settings, access point and then when I get into access point all it shows is the At&t network. It is active, that's the only one in there. Is there supposed to be KOODO in there too.
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I have no Hot spot access on my phone. Lumina 520. I can not use for wifi on tablet. Does not show...... on lists of networks on other devices. Please forgive that I am a newb!
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Don't worry about being a newb, we were all there once
Are you currently located in Canada or are you near the border?
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USA and I really don't know what to do because AT&T said I have to have a 2 year contract or the feature is disabled. I hate this censorship Shit! I own the phone and pay for 2 gigs of data. I should call the shots on how I use the shit!
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Did you try doing my solution to get the missing access point feature a couple comments above here
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Are you actually a Koodo customer or an AT&T customer? Koodo doesn't show up when you are in the USA because they are a Canadian provider. As this is a Koodo forum, nobody here will be able to give much specific information if you are with AT&T.
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I assume that your 520 was purchased elsewhere and not from Koodo? Try to re-install the Access Point system app (instructions here: http://mobilemasters.koodomobile.com/...). You may have to perform a factory reset (remember to back up your data if you choose to do so).
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Dead link on the root/rom software
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Uh...what root/rom software?