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NetShare pulled from the App Store again

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    And some people say that jailbreaking is dead.

  1. Haywire

    Joined: Dec 1969


    IEEE people say don't buy

    I'm hearing from my IEEE friends that they are recommending that IEEE members should not buy iPhones because you cannot tether computers to the iPhone.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too late

    Damn, i should have got it while it was there.

    Not that i really need tethering at the moment, but you dont know down the line.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a taste...

    ...of things to come from the control freaks at Apple. "You can now run the applications we say on your iPhone...oh and we also control the process of installing them!"

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: a taste....

    While I agree this kind of behavior is remarkably unappealing and doesn't feel sustainable, let's not forget AT&T's role. They were almost certainly the driving force behind this decision. I'd hope that Apple did not take it lightly and there is a more compelling reason we don't know. In that case, transparency would be nice.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Isn't this AT&T's fault

    that is causing the tethering app to be pulled? Since AT&T offers tethering plans for added cost, then it would be cheated out of that money if the iPhone worked around it. If you're in a partnership, then I think you have to compromise with the partner, which Apple may be doing. I'm sure Apple is a control freak, but in this case it may not be entirely their doing.

    I'd be surprised that Apple would even allow Skype to be used on the iPhone while it's partnered with AT&T. The whole idea of the exclusive partnership for AT&T is to funnel in new customers and make the most money they can through plans, plans and more plans.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not could

    NetShare could provide users a way to work around that cost.

    Its more of a 'would' there.

    And wouldn't it be nice if there was a reason given for pulling it? I mean, was there a security issue? Was it against ATT policy? Was the software just broken? Was it a trojan or virus?

    Apple, there are people who have software that you pull, you need to explain to them whether there is a reason you pulled it and whether they should be concerned about using it.

    Then again, if they don't say anything, is that a tacit admission that the only reason it was pulled because it cut into the money streams of Apple's partners?

  1. Mims

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tethering Plan?

    What's this $30 iPhone tethering plan you mention? They have them for other smart phones, but there is no iPhone tethering plan.

    I think that $30 is reasonable, but I'm not about to pay $60 / month.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tethering business

    AT&T is treading on thin ice here. This is just typical greed. Since the iPhone, their average per-user monthly charge has inched upwards, and with the more widespread adoption of the 3G iPhone, it keeps going up. However, AT&T doesn't seem to be happy enough; they want all those iPhone owners to cough up another $30 per month if they want to tether their device. Let's think, AT&T, about this: how many are out there that would want, or even know that it were possible, to tether their iPhone to their laptop? Would this really tax your network so much more than ordinary iPhone network use? Obviously, this tethering charge is nothing but the old habit of extracting money for every single thing out there.

    AT&T will have to drop this "no tethering" restriction, at least for iPhone owners (after all, they ARE paying higher data rates than the people with ordinary smartphones on EDGE).

    Whoever caused this, Apple should be the one to explain to everyone (including the author of the application, as even they themselves don't know ) why was this application pulled.

  1. toddgarvin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Answers... sort of.

    I knew that this app had been removed, but iTunes never said why it was unavailable... until today. "Your request could not be completed. The item you've requested is not currently available in the US store."

    So there you have it, AT&T was able to have the app pulled in the US.

    WTF is wrong with this country? ? Why do we continue to let big business control everything we do?


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