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A new iPhone application available for download on the App Store will let your Mac or PC share the internet connection provided by your iPhone or iPhone 3G.

The $9.99 NetShare application from Nullriver, Inc. was released to much excitement on Thursday evening but inexplicably pulled from the App Store by Apple moments later.

"We're not quite sure why Apple took down the NetShare application yet, we've received no communication from Apple thus far," the company said in posting to its website. "NetShare did not violate any of the Developer or AppStore agreements. We're hoping we'll get some feedback from Apple today."

In an email to AppleInsider Friday morning, a representative for Nullriver said the company was still "trying to get a hold of Apple" and was unsure whether AT&T was involved in the matter due to data use concerns.

Nevertheless, Friday afternoon saw the application suddenly resurfaced on the App Store via this link. NetShare is a tethering application, or one that connects a non-mobile device such as a desktop or notebook computer to a mobile phone for the purpose of wireless Internet access.

For example, the application can provide a Mac or Windows-based notebook with a connection to the Internet anywhere an iPhone has an EDGE or 3G signal. This is particularly handy for users who don't have dedicated 3G data cards and service for their notebooks when traveling.

Update: AppleInsider has published an illustrated 10-step configuration guide.
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It works fine, though does take a little setup.

If ever I'm in a situation where the iPhone can't handle the job on it's own, this will be nice to have.
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So it's back. It doesn't seem to directly violate any SDK rules, except perhaps bandwidth hogging but that depends on its usage.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone and don't want to spend the $10 you can do it for free.
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It's available in the UK.
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Woo! I was soo bummed yesterday when I saw it was up and then gone. Now I'm happy again and downloaded it ASAP as I wouldn't at all be surprised if AT&T has something to say about this being available to US customers...
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I bought the program because I've been dying to tether but I am not very pc savey. I have a dell with vista how do I set it Up on a pc?? Inteuctions are only for mac
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I downloaded and it worked lie a charm. Only thing I had to do that I don't think was mentioned in instructions was to make sure that the tethered network (airport connection) is top of your network settings list in system prefs. It wouldn't connect until I did that.
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All of my phones had this feature to some extent. Even my Nokia 2110i had the ability to use HSCSD back in the day via a cable. Too bad someone else had to do Apples job for them.
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I don't understand the difficulty people had in finding it. Running searches for Netshare or Nullriver both came up with the app, no problem.
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I bought the program because I've been dying to tether but I am not very pc savey. I have a dell with vista how do I set it Up on a pc?? Inteuctions are only for mac

That's coming soon, plus updates to the app. Have patience, they're working on it.
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I don't understand the difficulty people had in finding it. Running searches for Netshare or Nullriver both came up with the app, no problem.

Some apps disappear from the store for brief periods. Aurora Feint did that.
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I don't understand the difficulty people had in finding it. Running searches for Netshare or Nullriver both came up with the app, no problem.

You missed the part where it was taken off of the iTunes App Store and the developer removed any mention of it from their website for the past ~12 hours.
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That's coming soon, plus updates to the app. Have patience, they're working on it.

It doesn't make the iPhone into a WiFi gateway so that any Mac/PC with 802.11b/g can connect to?
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I think for many people, tethering this way is extra steps that is too much trouble most of the time. Occasionally, not because I a am cheap, I find myself needing to send a document and I have no other internet access. This is where an app like this is great. I hope ATT don't get it pulled. Even if they restricted tethered operation not based on bytes, but on connection time. Maybe 2 hours per billing cycle (month) That way it doesn't remove the need for those who have to pay for a full data modem, but meets the needs of the rest of us. When I used Treo with Verizon, this tethered feature cost an additional $5 per month I think - and it was so worth it
hope the app stays!
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I think for many people, tethering this way is extra steps that is too much trouble most of the time. Occasionally, not because I a am cheap, I find myself needing to send a document and I have no other internet access. This is where an app like this is great. I hope ATT don't get it pulled. Even if they restricted tethered operation not based on bytes, but on connection time. Maybe 2 hours per billing cycle (month) That way it doesn't remove the need for those who have to pay for a full data modem, but meets the needs of the rest of us. When I used Treo with Verizon, this tethered feature cost an additional $5 per month I think - and it was so worth it
hope the app stays!

Based on this comment, I truly have to ask are network operators this screwed up in the US?. I currently live in Finland I can not recall within the last few years when I have not had "all I can eat" mobile data. I had it when GPRS hit, then 3G, now 3G HSDPA, will have it when 4G rolls out, etc.... I just can not fathom someone limiting your data. Are the networks that crappy that they can not handle the capacity? They are supposed to be IN. Able to prevision, self heal, etc.....
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I bought the program because I've been dying to tether but I am not very pc savey. I have a dell with vista how do I set it Up on a pc?? Inteuctions are only for mac



http://www.nullriver.com/products/netshare

I'm not with NullRiver. I just copied the info from the App Store.
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"We've heard elsewhere about both AT&T and Verizon throttling connections to 200 kbps/sec if you go over 5GB. But what about that new "DataConnect 5GB Overage Plan?" You can't find it anywhere on AT&T's Web site. But if you call in, you'll find it's $350/month for 5GB, plus $0.50 per megabyte (really, $.0005 per kb, but my megabyte formula is more readable.) Since you're probably a heavy downloader, let's think of that as $500 per gigabyte. " From: http://www.gearlog.com/2008/03/att_m..._data_cost.php
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So it's back. It doesn't seem to directly violate any SDK rules, except perhaps bandwidth hogging but that depends on its usage.

If you have a jailbroken iPhone and don't want to spend the $10 you can do it for free.
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well it's not without limits. It doesn't load java or applets.
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A new iPhone application available for download on the App Store will let your Mac or PC share the internet connection provided by your iPhone or iPhone 3G.

The $9.99 NetShare application from Nullriver, Inc. was released to much excitement on Thursday evening but inexplicably pulled from the App Store by Apple moments later.

"We're not quite sure why Apple took down the NetShare application yet, we've received no communication from Apple thus far," the company said in posting to its website. "NetShare did not violate any of the Developer or AppStore agreements. We're hoping we'll get some feedback from Apple today."

In an email to AppleInsider Friday morning, a representative for Nullriver said the company was still "trying to get a hold of Apple" and was unsure whether AT&T was involved in the matter due to data use concerns.

Nevertheless, Friday afternoon saw the application suddenly resurfaced on the App Store via this link. NetShare is a tethering application, or one that connects a non-mobile device such as a desktop or notebook computer to a mobile phone for the purpose of wireless Internet access.

For example, the application can provide a Mac or Windows-based notebook with a connection to the Internet anywhere an iPhone has an EDGE or 3G signal. This is particularly handy for users who don't have dedicated 3G data cards and service for their notebooks when traveling.


well it's not without limits. It doesn't load java or applets.
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You really have to wonder why this wasn't included as default with the iPhone.. Apple being its usual restrictive self again.. as someone new to Apple, I think I actually hate them more than Microsoft. Their practices are totally anti consumer, and they really just rip you of for whatever they can get (cue: Apple fanboys defending Apple). The only thing that redeems them is they make such a good product, where Microsoft rarely does.
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Based on this comment, I truly have to ask are network operators this screwed up in the US?. I currently live in Finland I can not recall within the last few years when I have not had "all I can eat" mobile data. I had it when GPRS hit, then 3G, now 3G HSDPA, will have it when 4G rolls out, etc.... I just can not fathom someone limiting your data. Are the networks that crappy that they can not handle the capacity? They are supposed to be IN. Able to prevision, self heal, etc.....

Since the US is somewhat larger than Finland, infrastructure upgrades are more costly. Unlike most of Europe where the area is a little smaller than in the US. Money is the reason why for the most part.
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Since the US is somewhat larger than Finland, infrastructure upgrades are more costly. Unlike most of Europe where the area is a little smaller than in the US. Money is the reason why for the most part.

I was not talking about geography but about the network infrastructure. An IN network is the same in a big country or a little country. I lived in Germany, Italy, Kuwait, and a few others just to name a few. Never have I seen data restrictions as tough as I have in the US. This will make the US look like the 3rd World in terms of mobile communications. It suggests that the networks are, well.... crap if they can not handle data traffic, especially at the prices being paid for the service.

God, I hope the State Department does not make me come back to DC to work.
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I was not talking about geography but about the network infrastructure. An IN network is the same in a big country or a little country. I lived in Germany, Italy, Kuwait, and a few others just to name a few. Never have I seen data restrictions as tough as I have in the US. This will make the US look like the 3rd World in terms of mobile communications. It suggests that the networks are, well.... crap if they can not handle data traffic, especially at the prices being paid for the service.

God, I hope the State Department does not make me come back to DC to work.

I know what you were talking about and infrastructure is related to geography. However, if your life depends on cell phone data plans, then by all means, don't come back because it would not suit you.
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You really have to wonder why this wasn't included as default with the iPhone.. Apple being its usual restrictive self again.. as someone new to Apple, I think I actually hate them more than Microsoft. Their practices are totally anti consumer, and they really just rip you of for whatever they can get (cue: Apple fanboys defending Apple). The only thing that redeems them is they make such a good product, where Microsoft rarely does.

It pretty much boils down to Microsoft makes a living providing products that rarely disappoint because they've done such a good job of lowering everyone's expectations.
Apple makes a living providing products that risk disappointing people because they've done such a good job of raising everyone's expectations.

Personally I'd pick the Apple approach.
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I know what you were talking about and infrastructure is related to geography. However, if your life depends on cell phone data plans, then by all means, don't come back because it would not suit you.

How so? A network on the East coast is the same as a network on the West coast right? Are to saying that AT&T has a non-homogeneous network? What does this have to do with the pricing structure and the limiting of data? Your points sound a bit like marketing speak.

By the way my boss, Condi Rice via the OPM, makes the assignment determinations.
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are (all) network operators this screwed up in the US?

Yes. \
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Based on this comment, I truly have to ask are network operators this screwed up in the US?. I currently live in Finland I can not recall within the last few years when I have not had "all I can eat" mobile data. I had it when GPRS hit, then 3G, now 3G HSDPA, will have it when 4G rolls out, etc.... I just can not fathom someone limiting your data. Are the networks that crappy that they can not handle the capacity? They are supposed to be IN. Able to prevision, self heal, etc.....

I have to say that moble interet in the USA aint all that bad. Most low end and medium hotels provide free wifi, so do many food joints and even some office supply stores. When I am being driven in a car - its convenient to be able to access the net. Sometimes I get to stay in remote parts of the country - and its inconvenient to drive downtown just to get or send a file. When I am in northern Europe, almost always he hotel want 10 to 15 euros for 24 net access!

It would limit data, but still be as useful if we could just 'sync' a couple of files with the iPhone, that could be attached and detached from regular email. As you know we cannot even edit word or excel documents. Its another thing I was able to do on a Treo650 & Verizon. Their coverage in the USA seemed faster and better than I experience with ATT..
Why suffer ATT - simply because in all other ways I can just 'use' my iPhone, without complications - and with an amazing browser experience.
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I have to say that moble interet in the USA aint all that bad. Most low end and medium hotels provide free wifi, so do many food joints and even some office supply stores. When I am being driven in a car - its convenient to be able to access the net. Sometimes I get to stay in remote parts of the country - and its inconvenient to drive downtown just to get or send a file. When I am in northern Europe, almost always he hotel want 10 to 15 euros for 24 net access!

It would limit data, but still be as useful if we could just 'sync' a couple of files with the iPhone, that could be attached and detached from regular email. As you know we cannot even edit word or excel documents. Its another thing I was able to do on a Treo650 & Verizon. Their coverage in the USA seemed faster and better than I experience with ATT..
Why suffer ATT - simply because in all other ways I can just 'use' my iPhone, without complications - and with an amazing browser experience.

Thanks for the comments, as well as ktappe.

I have to come back to the US on occasion for meetings, briefings, etc and can say that hotel Internet service is outstanding. However, the wireless service can be a real pain.
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Thank God! I'm so glad this app is available. Yes, it should have come with the iPhone, with Apple's trademark out-of-the-box ease-of-use. Oh well; I'm almost certain AT&T had something to do with that.

Anyways, I used to do this with a 3rd party app and my Treo 650 and it worked great!

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On the discussion of US vs overseas WiFi/Cell:

I just visited Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong. Very difficult to find free WiFi. Even StarBucks uses some crappy company which charges you. Plus, the software is PC only!

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While its true the U.S. lacks behind many other countries in wireless connectivity and speeds, we are hard wired beyond belief. The fiber optic FiOS footprint is growing rapidly in the U.S. where Americans spend a ton of time in their homes on their personal computers. Were talking current download speeds of 50 Mbps. Is the fiber optic rollout happening for the rest of the world?

Each market currently has their pros and cons.
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We’re talking current download speeds of 50 Mbps. Is the fiber optic rollout happening for the rest of the world?

It kind of happened a few years ago over here.

Granted, it doesn't cover anywhere near the majority of the population, but then some seem to prefer dial-up. Edit: 18% of all households.

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How so? A network on the East coast is the same as a network on the West coast right? Are to saying that AT&T has a non-homogeneous network? What does this have to do with the pricing structure and the limiting of data? Your points sound a bit like marketing speak.

By the way my boss, Condi Rice via the OPM, makes the assignment determinations.

I don't see how your boss comes into this but...

Geography has to be tied to infrastructure. They have to have more towers to serve the population over greater area. Do you think it cost more or less to have, maintain, and improve infrastructure on new York or the Arizona desert?
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I have found it painful to find any true High Speed internet in my travels through Southeast Asia. In my mind I can imagine Japan, Singapore and Taiwan as being fiber optic tech folks at home, but around the world I couldn't fathom a guess at their high speed internet speeds. But there's a lot of pokey stuff still out there. I love my iPhone, but I'd choose spotty, pokey cell service over going back to slow home service any day.
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Go to this URL and search for the terms "tether" and "GB" (no quotes obviously)...

http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/me...al-notices.jsp

Nuf said.

I guess it's only wrong if you get caught!

I'm testing it later tonight. Beats the $50 per month ATT wants to charge you to get one of their 3G data cards with "unlimited" data.

For your convenience, I have posted excerpts from the ATT TOS.

Prohibited and Permissible Uses: Except as may otherwise be specifically permitted or prohibited for select data plans...

Furthermore, plans(unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to computer accessories, Bluetooth® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose.
Accordingly, AT&T reserves the right to (i) deny, disconnect, modify and/or terminate Service, without notice, to anyone it believes is using the Service in any manner prohibited or whose usage adversely impacts its wireless network or service levels or hinders access to its wireless network, including without limitation, after a significant period of inactivity or after sessions of excessive usage and (ii) otherwise protect its wireless network from harm, compromised capacity or degradation in performance, which may impact legitimate data flows. You may not send solicitations to AT&T's wireless subscribers without their consent. You may not use the Services other than as intended by AT&T and applicable law. Plans are for individual, non-commercial use only and are not for resale. AT&T may, but is not required to, monitor your compliance, or the compliance of other subscribers, with AT&T's terms, conditions, or policies.

PDA/BLACKBERRY PLANS WITH TETHERING

The parties agree that AT&T has the right to impose additional charges if you use more than 5 GB in a month. Prior to the imposition of any additional charges, AT&T shall provide you with notice and you shall have the right to terminate your service.

No specifics to iPhone data plans that I can find.

I used a similar added 5GB data limitation on Sprint's data plan to get 2 lines out of the TOS without early termination fees so I could get a couple of iPhone 3Gs... worked like a charm... final sprint was prorated at $6 with no termination fees whatsoever.
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You really have to wonder why this wasn't included as default with the iPhone.. Apple being its usual restrictive self again.. as someone new to Apple, I think I actually hate them more than Microsoft. Their practices are totally anti consumer, and they really just rip you of for whatever they can get (cue: Apple fanboys defending Apple). The only thing that redeems them is they make such a good product, where Microsoft rarely does.

(cue: Apple fanboys defending Apple): Perhaps AT&T has this limit in their contract, therefore someone else had to provide it?
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Got it all setup a few minutes ago and it worked like a charm. This is SOO nice to have. Well worth the $10.
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I don't see how your boss comes into this but...

I guess he wants everyone to know his boss is Condi Rice, as if that were something to be proud of.
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I went to the app store from my iPhone and clicked the links in this feed. iTunes says that it is not currently available in the US store. I would really like to have this app. I hope they bring it back and AT$T gets out of the way.
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I guess he wants everyone to know his boss is Condi Rice, as if that were something to be proud of.

Two with one stone on this.

I am not talking about the towers or MSC's or anything like but the core network. The OSS and BSS. These handle how the network performs. You can have a blazillion towers but if the core network is crap, then there will be crappy QoS, no self-healing this leading to bandwidth restrictions. Maybe I did not make myself clear earlier. Sorry for causing possible confusion.

Now aboutmy boss. I was explaining that I do not get to pick and choose my assignments. That is done for me via OPM via my boss. Sorry if the nuance was lost on you. I will strive to keep it simple next time.

This should clear up things now.
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Two with one stone on this.

I am not talking about the towers or MSC's or anything like but the core network. The OSS and BSS. These handle how the network performs. You can have a blazillion towers but if the core network is crap, then there will be crappy QoS, no self-healing this leading to bandwidth restrictions. Maybe I did not make myself clear earlier. Sorry for causing possible confusion.

Now aboutmy boss. I was explaining that I do not get to pick and choose my assignments. That is done for me via OPM via my boss. Sorry if the nuance was lost on you. I will strive to keep it simple next time.

This should clear up things now.

The core network is infrastructure as well. If you are busy putting up thousands upon thousands of towers, do you think there is money left over to increase the bandwidth to support unlimited data transfers? You rob Peter to pay Paul, at least in AT&T's case. They have a budget and have to fit within it just like every business should. AT&T has to pick what matters are more important to them. More bars in more places, or to allow more faster data usage. One takes money from the other. So they are linked together forever until Federation Credits replace the US Dollar.

Your bosses reference was not lost on anyone. I think everyone is trying to figure out how Condoleezza Rice helped you form an opinion about cellular data download restrictions/limitations within AT&T's network.
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