updated 01:55 pm EDT, Fri August 1, 2008
Yesterday evening Nullriver released NetShare in the iTunes App Store. The application allowed a user to connect a computer to an iPhones network connection by providing a SOCKS5 proxy. This essentially turned the iPhone into an on-the-go Wi-Fi hotspot. There is a similar solution available for hacked iPhones, but this is the first of its kind to be Apple approved for the App Store. The app was available for $10 from the App Store but was quickly pulled as news of it started to build.
AT&T typically charges users an extra $30 per month to use similar tethering applications which is why NetShare was surrounded with so much controversy for its short stay in the App Store. NetShare has made people start to wonder how Apple decides what content is suitable for the App Store, as this would appear to infringe upon AT&T's policies. Nullriver posted the following comment on MacRumours site regarding the removal from the App Store,
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.