Flashlight App Briefly Brought Unofficial Tethering To The iPhone

Handy Light iPhone app

According to the description of Handy Light, an iPhone app developed by Nick Lee, its a convenient flashlight for the iPhone, which lets you choose from 5 designer colors. Is it worth $0.99, probably not as there are quite a few free iPhone apps in that category.

But what if we told you that it brings unofficial SOCKS Proxy tethering to the iPhone.


Handy Light has been removed from the App Store.

Lee has posted the following YouTube video, which demonstrates how to enable the hidden feature.

Folks at AppShopper have followed the instructions provided in the video and have confirmed that tethering works as expected.

Nullriver's NetShare application was the first iPhone app to briefly bring tethering to the iPhone, basically turning 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. But it was quickly removed from the App Store. So expect Apple to remove Handy Light from the App Store.

In the US, with the release iOS 4.0, you can opt for the official tethering option by paying an additional fee of $20 per month if you've opted for the DataPro plan. 

So if you want the unofficial tethering feature, then download the Handy Light app (iTunes link) before it is removed.

Thanks Doug for the tip!

Update 1:

It looks like the original tutorial has been removed from YouTube. We have embedded another video that seems to work.

Update 2:

Handy Light has been removed from the App Store. It's not clear if the developer removed it after his video demonstrating how to enable the hidden feature got a lot of publicity or Apple removed it. If you try to buy the iPhone app, you get the error message: "The item you tried to buy is no longer available".

Thanks everyone for the tip!

In case, you are one of those fortunate ones to download the iPhone app then please don’t forget to drop us a line to tell us how it goes.

[via AppShopper]