updated 12:10 am EDT, Mon August 4, 2008
Netshare pulled again
Nullriver's app NetShare - which allows users to turn an iPhone into a moveable Wi-Fi hotspot - has been pulled from Apple's App Store for a second time. NetShare was originally released into the App Store on July 31st but was then quickly removed the following day, subsequently showing up for a second time the following day, but now has again been pulled without any explanation. While Nullriver has yet to receive any information from Apple as to why the app keeps getting pulled, it is likely that Apple pulled the application due to wireless carriers' objections. Companies such as AT&T offer specific "tethering" data plans that cost users an additional $30 per month, and an iPhone app such as NetShare could provide users a way to work around that cost.
For users who were able to get a copy of NetShare before it was pulled, WIRED has posted a tutorial for setting up the program. In Wired's testing, they found that Firefox 3 does not work but Firefox 2 and Safari work perfectly.