One of the features missing from the first generation iPhone and the new iPhone 3G is the ability to tether the iPhone to feed a data connection to your computer to surf the internet. It would have been a treat if it was possible on iPhone 3G.
That was all about to change when Nullriver’s Netshare application hit the AppStore, only to be pulled down after being available for 20 minutes.
Nullriver’s NetShare application was available on the AppStore as a paid iPhone App for $9.99. Here is the short description of the iPhone application:
"Share your iPhone’s EDGE or 3G Internet connection with your computer
using NetShare. NetShare provides a SOCKS5 proxy for your computer to
NetShare basically turned your iPhone into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot,
thus enabling your laptop or any Wi-Fi enabled device to surf the
internet using your iPhone’s data connection.
Links to the application after about 20 minutes of avalailability started poping up with an error message that reads:
"The item you’ve requested is not currently available in the US store."
However, at the moment it doesn’t even show up, nor is it available in any other
country (in case you do see it, please do let us know in the comments).
It is still unclear why the application was taken down, in fact Nullriver does not seem to know the reason either. They have published this message on their blog:
We’re not quite sure why Apple took down the application yet, we’ve
received no communication from Apple thus far. NetShare did not violate
any of the Developer or AppStore agreements. We’re hoping we’ll get
some feedback from Apple tomorrow. Sorry to all the folks that couldn’t
get it in time. We’ll do our best to try to get the application back
onto the AppStore if at all possible. At the very least, I would hope
Apple will allow it in countries where the provider does permit
When AT&T had published the rate plans for iPhone 3G we were speculating that the reason for AT&T not offering tether capabilities for iPhone 3G was because it was not possible. But the fact that NetShare made it to the AppStore means that it was
approved by Apple as it is a manual process (unless it slipped through
the cracks which is unlikely) which indicates that AT&T probably
put pressure on Apple to take it down as they typically charge
smartphone users an addition $30 to use tethering applications.
Some of the screenshots of the iPhone app below:
Those of you who were not lucky enough to purchase the iPhone app in those 20 minutes can checkout the step-by-step guide published by the iPhone hacking community to tether jailbroken iPhone 3G to a laptop but it is quite a complicated process.
In case, you are one of those fortunate ones who got their hands on
what would have been one of the most popular applications for the
iPhone do give us your feedback in the comments.
Let us hope NetShare is available in the AppStore soon.
Hey g-rod, thanks a ton for the tip!
Check out NullRiver’s iPhone App is Available again in AppStore (thanks, Moy and Mike for the tip!) for the rest of the details including the download link, links to detailed tutorial for Mac and Windows users (thanks to LD).
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