By some stroke of luck, Nullriver was able to get NetShare, an application which lets users tether their iPhones and share their Internet connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices approved in the App store and available for download. It went on sale for $9.99 earlier today, much to the surprise of many downloaders.
However, if you check now, you will not be able to see NetShare anymore, and it appears as though either Apple or the developer has removed it completely. Was the NetShare app approval just a silly mistake?
Nullriver has posted a statement via Macrumors, and tell us that the app was taken down by Apple, and not them.
We’re not quite sure why Apple took down the application yet, we’ve received no communication from Apple thus far. NetShare did not violate any of the Developer or AppStore agreements. We’re hoping we’ll get some feedback from Apple tomorrow. Sorry to all the folks that couldn’t get it in time. We’ll do our best to try to get the application back onto the AppStore if at all possible. At the very least, I would hope Apple will allow it in countries where the provider does permit tethering.
Historically, iPhone tethering has never been endorsed by neither Apple nor AT&T, and those who’ve managed to download NetShare could face severe consequences. If an app like that slipped past and got Apple’s seal of approval, that could spell hope for the likes of the still-unapproved MagicPad for iPhone. Now that’s something to look forward to.
Via iPhone Alley
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