Apple pulls iPhone internet connection sharing app from App Store
Nullriver’s NetShare app allows you to surf the web from your computer using the iPhone’s data connection. Apple posted the app on its App Store, but quickly pulled it down after only about 20 minutes. The software has been appearing intermittently in the App Store until its complete disappearance. The application allows both users of the original and 3G iPhones to share the Internet wherever there is mobile network coverage.
Many phones with high-speed data plans can share your Internet connection, but most providers charge users high fees to use the service. Such plans have never been available to iPhone users, and while users of hacked iPhones have been able to share their Internet connection for some time, it violates AT&T’s terms of service.
NetShare, which offers internet sharing for a one-time price of $10, has likely upset AT&T, completely curtailing its ability to charge for the service. Apple has a very long review process for every app, but this one seems to have gotten away from them somehow.
Note: Tethering: Using a mobile phone as a modem for your laptop or PDA: Creating a connection, either wired wirelessly through thethers, to your other mobile device.