Surfing the Internet using iPhone as modem and computer is one of the recurring dreams of Apple phone users and if you have been lucky enough to connect to the App Store tonight this dream has become a reality for you. If you have not surfed the site for online applications, you are destined to remain with the desire or to use some of the very complicated and risky hacks that have appeared on some site. The reason for all of this in an application that appeared and then suddenly disappeared from the store window, whose story will certainly make headlines later today.
It all started tonight when a company called Nullriver released a small application (for a fee, cost $ 9.99) called NetShare. The purpose of the program, in fact, is to connect iPhone as an external modem via Wifi, creating the so-called phone tethering. Thanks to the program, the "dream" is explained, you can surf the Internet more comfortably than you can do on the tiny mobile phone screen, above all you can do it without paying a penny, since iPhone in some (very few) countries is offered with a flat rate. Precisely this particular must have alarmed the mobile operators and the program has been suddenly removed.
The story to users of some sites that have had the good fortune to buy the program, as well as others who shortly afterwards have not found it anymore.
That it was the mobile operators, most likely the AT&T weave to request removal only one hypothesis, since no one has made official statements on the matter, but difficult to think of other events that may have led to this succession of events. If anything, one has to wonder how it was possible that Apple approved the application for sale, given the care it has taken to prevent the iPhone connection as a modem via hardware and software.
In a statement issued to the same American sites, Nullriver states that it has not yet received any communication from Cupertino and that it will do its best to ensure that NetShare is still offered on the App Store, always if possible. In the worst case scenario, Nullriver hopes at least to be able to market NetShare in countries where mobile operators allow the use of tethering.
In reality, Nullriver's appears only as a pious illusion. Mobile operators who have flat data are unlikely to give the go-ahead for such a program as data connection to the computer is usually only granted upon payment of a reasonable integration (30 dollars, for example, in the US). It is easier, even if only theoretically, that this is possible in the vast majority of countries where iPhone connected to contracts with data limits. After all, in these countries, once the credit has run out, you can no longer browse and it can be the same on the iPhone or on the computer. But to complete information and to disappoint iPhone users, it must be said that some operators apply more favorable rates for the iPhone data bundle than they would apply for browsing on computers.
Below is the NetShare App Store page with the description of the program, captured before the Nullriver application was removed from the online store, finally a NetShare screen running on the iPhone, with information relating to data traffic.