iTether returns as Tether, a new HTML 5 iPhone tethering service

A few tethering applications have appeared in the App Store only to be pulled very soon after. One such application was iTether, it appeared back in November 2011 and was pulled on the same day it launched. The app cost $14.99 and used USB to connect your Mac to your iPhone to use its data connection. The app bypassed the usual carrier tethering charges which probably explains why it was pulled.

Now the developer behind iTether has returned with a new service which is simply called Tether. The new service is based on HTML 5 so there is no need to source the app through the App Store.

"It was clear from our initial application iTether, there was enormous demand within the iPhone ecosystem," says Tim Burke, CEO of Tether. "It was unfortunate that Apple decided to remove our application, only 20 hours after we launched. However, this caused us to innovate. Our underlying patent-pending technology behind Tether for iPhone is unlike anything on the market." Tether's new version for the iPhone is purely based on HTML5 and creates a completely wireless connection over AdHoc. This circumvents the need of buying the application directly from Apple's App Store and allows any iPhone or iPad with a data connection to allow tethering.

Tether is available as a once a year purchase of $30 and is compatible with Windows as well as Mac. There is currently no trial version so you can’t test it before you part with your money. You can see exactly how it works in the video below!

Source: Tether

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iTether returns as Tether, a new HTML 5 iPhone tethering service

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It looks like it's designed for tethering from mobile phones to PCs and Macs only, not mobile phones to tablets. I also need IPhone to IPad. I rarely carry laptop anymore.

I'ce had Tether up and working on my Macbook Pro since last December. Don't have an iPad yet to get it working on but you just gave me another reason to get one. If it will work on the iPad, then that's another reason to not waste money on a second data plan. I don't use it enough for Sprint to start looking at my usage patterns and I strongly advise against prolonged use.

If that's an issue with Sprint then they need a class action lawsuit brought against them since they ran a big commercial about how they DON'T throttle big users. I haven't ran into any issues with my old 3G modem with legacy "unlimited" data plan and I move a lot of data between my MMO gaming, Netflix, and other assorted webbery.

I agree with the need to tether iPhone to iPad. I wanted to contact them about that feature, but cannot locate a "contact us" link on their website. Their "contact support" link did not suit my purpose.

Just be cautious with your data provider... I was able to get iTether when it was first released and only used it briefly (less than 1GB total) and AT&T sent me a text that if I continued to use it they would take away my Unlimited data and start billing me for the tethering plan.

AT&T will probably be looking for this activity now. If Verizon adds tethering to all its data plans like it doing with the new iPad I will drop AT&T at the next iPhone. Two of the phones on my account contracts will be over, I'll just pay the early termination for mine with 12 months left.

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You can try it out for 30 days. If you're not satisfied, money back guarantee, no questions asked. It's on their website thether.com/iphone

I would be much more inclined to try it for 15 or 30 days free without first buying it. If I don't like it or it doesn't work well for me, I don't want to have to first seek a refund - plus they have my credit card now.

Wow, this is brilliant if it actually works! Amazing that they were able to think of this. This could change the wireless carrier industry (and force them to succumb to the idea that data is data)

If you want to tether your iPad, there's an app for that. A jailbreak app, that is. It's called 'TetherMe,' available in Cydia for a one-time charge of $4.99. Works flawlessly.

I had an android phone with a personal hotspot tethering application. It reported as an AdHoc connection rather than an access point and I couldn't get my iPad 1 to connect. It would only connect to access points. I no longer have that phone. Has the iPad software been updated to allow for adhoc connections? I don't have a way to test for it currently.

30$? That's ludicrous. Way too much, some people may see it as being cheap, after all it's just like an extra mobile internet connection, 30$ sounds like a bargain.
But not to me, I'd use it rarely and I wouldn't be surprised if after a while it would stop working. And then what? Money back? I don't think so.
Plus, you want me to pay 30$ a year for an online app and all you show me is a shaky amateur video? More marketing efforts were made for 99 cents apps. Just doesn't smell good.

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Wait a minute. I've got the USB version of Tether. It's not wireless ad hoc. Does the USB Version no longer work? Going to the car to get my cable..

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Hey man, I am a new Droid 2 owner and just stumbled upon your wbesite. When you say free tether , do you mean that by doing this I won't have to pay the $15 (or whatever it is) fee to Verizon for using my phone as modem?

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