Apple Continues to Vacillate Over Tethering App

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News Posted: Mon, Aug 4 2008 10:18 AM

Apple seems unable to make up its mind over NetShare, the iPhone tethering application which first appeared, disappeared, reappeared, and has now vanished again from their App Store.

In what could only be termed as bizarre, Nullriver's NetShare application has been removed once from the iPhone App Store, only to reappear and then disappear again. Apple has not released a statement as to why it's been pulled, but one can only speculate that it in some way violates the SDK or perhaps Apple has put the app back into review.

The NetShare app allowed iPhone owners to tether the iPhone to a laptop. In basic terms, you can surf the web with your laptop using the iPhone's internet connection. The app would only support Safari, but the company promised PC compatibility with an upcoming release. Although, there have been some users having success with Windows XP.

We don't expect it to show up again, as the Terms and Conditions for AT&T's plans seems to include language that specifically forbids tethering (under the Prohibited and Permissible Uses section):

plans (unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be
used for any applications that tether the device (through use of,
including without limitation, connection kits, other
phone/PDA-to-computer accessories, Bluetooth or any other wireless
technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation,
laptops), or other equipment for any purpose."

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Fine print like the terms and conditions used here shouldn't be legal. The is an alternative. Don't use it. In the end the customer decides what is or isn't done. Show them what you think via your wallet.

I used to carry a hammer in my computer tool kit. Just for fixing the packard Bells though.......

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