NullRiver’s iPhone App – NetShare briefly brought 3G/EDGE Tethering for iPhone

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
connect 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
tethering.

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:


iPhone App - NullRiver's NetShare - Photo 1   
iPhone App - NullRiver's NetShare - Photo 2



iPhone App - NullRiver's NetShare - Photo 3   
iPhone App - NullRiver's NetShare - Photo 4

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!

Update:

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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  • g-rod

    no prob! least i can do, this site is awesome!

  • Moy

    its still up i just downloaded it to my computer as of right now.
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/M…286541579&mt=8
    well see if apple makes me take it out ;(

  • Mike

    its still listed under productivity in app store 2:02 central time

  • kingof9x

    i searched it earlier this morning and couldn't find it but tried a couple hours later and it seems the app is back up

  • Moy

    I just downloaded the app. im trying to figure out how to make it work. i know how to tether it using the terminal. but it seems like this app wont work with vista. its giving me instructions for mac and im trying to figure out a way to make it work.

  • Moy

    I just emailed. Nullriver. they told me in an email that instructions for windows are comping soon. so i'm happy. i just hope At&t don't charge be a big o fee, for doing this. i remember they told me data is unlimited wouldn't this be considered data?

  • T. Payne

    I have a boring job… 13 hours ahead of me… I have just downloaded it on my un-jailbroke 3G if there hasnt been a way to get it to work on windows by tomorrow I will post a guide of what i figgured out tonight!

  • Brandon

    Trying to connect an XP laptop and cant figure out how to get the laptop to resolve domain names. Firefox can connect to the socks proxy and bring up pages if you know the IP address but I can't get it to resolve any domain names. Anyone have any ideas?

    I've tried setting the XP machine's DNS servers to point to the iPhone, Ive tried the default gateway pointing to the iPhone and several combinations of the two.

  • Michael

    What about Proxifier? Wouldn't that work and be very easy?

    http://www.proxifier.com/

    Unfortunately I don't have my iPhone 3g yet, so I can't try.

  • Bill

    Confirmed working with Windows Vista Firefox 3 and IE(yuck)
    if you use http://www.proxifier.com/

    Decent how-to here by UltimateFighter
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=535316&page=6

  • Alex D

    To force FireFox using dns over socks:

    Go to Firefox's address bar and type in "about:config"

    Hit Enter

    Find the "Filter" field and type in "socks"

    Hit Enter

    Find the entry that looks like "network.proxy.socks_remote_dns"

    Double click

    Change value to "true

  • David K

    I was able to purchase NetShare yesterday while it was still available, for my iPhone 3G. The environment in which I'm trying to make this work is with a MacBook running OSX 10.5.4

    Unfortunately, despite trying for more than an hour, following all the instructions for setting NetShare up I still have not been able to get NetShare to work. I went through all the steps from scratch several times and even did the step suggested in one of the blogs, which is to open up safari on the iphone and then open up netshare. When I open up safari, I see the 3G icon, but when I open up NetShare it indicates zero connections.

    I was able to confirm that I can the ping the iPhone at 192.168.10.1 from Terminal on my mac, but that's the best I can do.

    I purchased this for $10.00 yesterday and it's doing nothing for me right now.

    Any suggestions?

  • Kevin Kincaid

    Contact Nullriver. I use several of their products and have been happy with their response times to support questions.

    I am able to get Netshare running. Initially I configured it password free. Once i confirmed the settings work I added a password and create a specific netshare profile to make switching back and forth easier (as NR suggests). If you leave your iphone screen on, it shows you the number of connections and the amount of data being passed through. Wish it showed accumulative data though.

    Stil trying to get SSH to work. Web browsing works great and speeds are good.

  • Lorraine

    Will tethering on the 3G network have any charges??

  • marc

    I found Netshare on piratebay.org!!!!

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