NetShare Uses Your iPhone's 3G/EDGE For Your Computer (Update 2: Yeah, gone again)
Update: Macrumors lets us know that, strangely enough, it's back in the App Store. It doesn't show up in a search, but you can download it via this iTunes/App Store link.
Update 2: ...aaaand it's gone again, at least in the US. Le Sigh.
The Interweb is abuzz about this little program that popped up on the App Store yesterday, so aptly named NetShare. The concept of the app is to essentially use your iPhone's 3G or EDGE (god knows why) connection for your laptop. It creates a proxy and establishes a pseudo-hotspot with your iPhone's connection leaving you free to surf the web on your laptop. It's tethering, more or less.
How this got passed Apple and AT&T who knows. But it looks like has already been kicked out of the App Store. Did any of the TiPb faithful get their hands on this app while it was hot? Anyone get it to work? From what TiPb has been hearing, it's really hit or miss. Let us know.
Maybe Apple wanted the developers of NetShare to get the app right before they put it out again...wish for it and it'll come true...wish for it and it'll come true.
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Seriously, I doubt AT&T cares, since the $30 per month 3G data plan actually costs $43 per month to consumers, and there's a 5GB per month limit anyway. Apple would want to enable tethering in part because it limits the interest in jailbreaking the phone, increasing app store revenues, and gives them the ability to provide tethering to all their notebooks (and of course others). For consumers, it means we don't have to buy a 3G sim card wireless router. Hurray.
It's a shame - I would have been all over this one.
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