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3G/EDGE tethering app pulled from App Store

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Fri August 1, 2008

NetShare pulled

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.






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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    please...

    I have resisted jailbreaking my iPhone, but this to me means I can return the Verizon 3G card I just bought and go out and buy the iPhone 3G instead. So please, add this to the App installer thing on JailBroken phones so we can use it. I will gladly pay for it and not send my $73/month to Verizon. I have 10 days to return my Verizon card.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Holes!

    Apps like this prove how dirty the telecom companies are! AT&T charges us hundreds of dollars a year for a service that should be a minimal cost if any at all.

    This is capitalism at it's best people! Charge people as much as they're unwilling or unable to oppose; and stifle anyone attempting to provide the same service for cheaper!

  1. fm1365

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    It's back

    I just checked the app is there. Going to buy it now.

  1. aczeisler

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    It's Back!

    I just purchased it!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Open source based?

    My guess is that it's based on the 3proxy server, which is open source and free...
    This wouldn't be surprising as NullRiver did apps in the early days on jailbroken iphone.

    So I smell a big GPL license infringement.

    No problem with paying money for it (I just did), they just have to provide the source code.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Open source based?

    My guess is that it's based on the 3proxy server, which is open source and free...
    This wouldn't be surprising as NullRiver did apps in the early days on jailbroken iphone.

    So I smell a big GPL license infringement.

    No problem with paying money for it (I just did), they just have to provide the source code.

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