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I know, that this works out of the box for Zune-compatible devices, but what about Windows Phone 8? I don't have a micro-SIM yet and there is no way to set up a WiFi hotspot.

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Do you mean sharing the phone's connection with the PC, or the PC's connection with the phone? –  Rowland Shaw Dec 7 '12 at 12:56
    
from PC to a Windows Phone 8 device == PC's connection with the phone –  Olegs Jeremejevs Dec 7 '12 at 22:41
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As far as I can tell no. You can't just "connect" to the internet without using a sim card or wifi. The zune is broke/not updated for windows 8 yet so yeah.. it's a bummer. I know it's a late answer but it sucks. Microsoft does not think 3 steps ahead about people that don't want to use a data plan or wifi..

Good luck, and if you do find a way PLEASE post it.

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Try having Zune software running with you phone synced and plugged in.

It worked for me!

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Windows Phone 8 is not "Zune compatible". –  row1 Dec 21 '12 at 1:37
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