Take the 2-minute tour ×
Windows Phone Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of Windows Phone OS. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I guess I may have found a good feature of windows phone today. From yesterday, I have disabled mobile internet on my mobile since the data pack ran off. Just a while ago when i connected my mobile to laptop for sync with zune, I received mails on the mobile to my shock. Later i browsed internet explorer and whatsapp. Everything worked great. Therefore, i rechecked the mobile network to see if it was off. And yes, it was still off.

Then I realized it might be using my laptop connection which is connected to a LAN network for internet browsing.

So, my question is what happens to mobile internet connectivity when its connected to a laptop. Does it automatically uses any available net connection from laptop or just the via-LAN internet.

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

Windows Phone uses your computer's internet connection only when the Zune software is open and connected to your phone. Your internet connection is then shared to your phone via Zune.

share|improve this answer
Source: pocketnow.com/windows-phone/… –  row1 Dec 4 '12 at 1:51
great. Glad I discovered it. Else until now I was first starting the WiFi hotspot on laptop and then using it. –  Pankaj Upadhyay Dec 4 '12 at 11:30

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.