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Enable Hotspot on Orange HTC Desire

By 30 Apr ’112 Comments

The HTC desire can used as a wireless HotSpot which is awesome! However the cretins at Orange decided they’d make this feature difficult to use on purpose so here’s a quick guide to re enable your Desire for Hotspotting action,

From your homescreen;

Menu/settings/Wireless&Networks/Mobile networks/Access Point Names

You should see the following three APNs;

Orange Internet
Consumer Broadband
Orange MMS

(that “consumer broadband” one is the one I don’t remember seeing before, but I may have been blind. If you don’t have it, go ahead and {assuming it’s a clean factory-issue Orange Desire obviously} Unrevoke your Desire!)

Select Consumer Broadband (THAT’s “CONSUMER BROADBAND” that needs to be Selected NOT the other two)

CHANGE the APN from “consumerbroadband” to “orangeinternet”

CHANGE the Username from <Not set> to “Orange”

CHANGE the password from <Not set> to “Multimedia”

Make sure you use the capital first letters exactly as I’ve typed them there. Oh, and don’t type the ” marks. I’m sure if you’re smart enough to use XDA-Dev you already know that, but no harm in stating it for the n00blets.

Authentication type should be set to CHAP. Make sure, I think it was anyway but just check.

Press your Menu button, tap “Save”

And that’s it.

Switch on your “Wifi Hotspot” in your usual way, search and connect from your lappie, surf the bejesus out of those pesky Orange ratbags. Meanwhile your phone keeps its own connection side by side your tethered hotspot – that’s what the “Orange Internet” settings alter, so don’t mess with those.

Don’t forget to use one of the WPA security methods of course, otherwise some cheeky knob-jockey will definitely enjoy your Orange account’s data capacity right up to the hair.


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  • daryl says:

    Hi mark my consumer broadband is locked on my orange htc explorer. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.


    • Mark says:

      Hey Daryl,

      I’ve just got a Samsung Galaxy S2 and the options are greyed out. I spoke to an Orange engineer about this and he said that Orange are locking it out at the firmware level as they want people to buy an additional tethering bundle.

      The only way to make it work is to root the phone or get the bundle. – Sucks!

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