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Topic # 24770 2-Aug-2008 08:52
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New app lets your Mac share your iPhone's internet connection

NetShare on App Store

Share your iPhone's EDGE or 3G connection with your computer using NetShare. NetShare provides a SOCKS5 proxy for your computer to connect to. Windows configuration instructions are forthcoming, check our website. They will also be included in the next update.

www.nullriver.com/products/netshare

hmm website being updated ...

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  Reply # 153510 2-Aug-2008 10:24
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I can't see it on the NZ AppStore...

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  Reply # 153514 2-Aug-2008 10:34
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You can access it using this link directly from your iPhone


Checked it this morning and it's there, however it won't show up when you do a search.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 153519 2-Aug-2008 10:55
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As MadMax stated the links provided direct to the app in iTunes.
Seems the US store have pulled it, probably due to AT&T Tether restrictions on iPhone plans.
as anyone tested it?

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  Reply # 153522 2-Aug-2008 11:11
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This app is fantastic! I'm writing this on my MacBook right now using the iPhone for the internet connection :)

A bit buggy, but seems to work ok..



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  Reply # 153524 2-Aug-2008 11:24
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Thanks StaticNZ.  
However IMHO, this should be a standard function of iPhone, and possibly restricted by carrier settings only for those poor souls in the US!


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  Reply # 153576 2-Aug-2008 13:55
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it's actually back up again.  Not sure what apple is up to with this one.

Jon

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  Reply # 153648 2-Aug-2008 18:55
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Apparently its gone from the US store again.. not sure about NZ



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  Reply # 153732 3-Aug-2008 06:30
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AppleInsider have published a Ten step guide to sharing your iPhone's connection with NetShare including quick method of toggling between std Wifi settings and NetShare settings

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  Reply # 153791 3-Aug-2008 13:02
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Yea, it has been removed from the nz store again. Bummer.




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I wrote a thread last week asking if it was possible to tether an iPhone to a Macbook Pro.  It wasn't then, but I figured someone would soon sort that out ... didn't expect it'd be that quick though.

But can someone tell me if this app is back up in the NZ App Store now?  I know it got pulled & then reinstated in the US App Store late last week, but not sure what the story is here in NZ.

This single app makes the difference between me buying an iPhone or not.  Are you listening Voda?

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Reply # 153950 4-Aug-2008 09:41
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This single app makes the difference between me buying an iPhone or not.  Are you listening Voda?


What has this App got to do with Vodafone? please explain thanks

No carrier has control over the AP store or itunes this is controlled by Apple

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  Reply # 154003 4-Aug-2008 13:18
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My comment about Voda was because, as I understand it, the real resistance to tethering is from the mobile networks not from Apple.

The mobile networks want us to go out and buy an iPhone, and then also buy a 3G datacard for our laptops.  It seems that AT&T in particular has put a lot of pressure on Apple to ensure that it's difficult to tether the iPhone (Apple have done this by making it very hard to access things like the Bluetooth stack and not providing a full set of Bluetooth profiles in the iPhone OS).

I talked with a Voda rep about buying an iPhone and using it as a 3G modem with my notebook ... and got the corporate spiel about how you weren't allowed to do that and have you seen these wonderful vodems sir.

And ask yourself this ... why does Netshare seem to appear & disappear from the AppStore?  NullRiver are stating that it complies with Apple's rules & regulations, which suggests Apple aren't pulling it for that reason.  But I'd imagine that Apple are trying to tread a fine line with the mobile operators.

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  Reply # 154004 4-Aug-2008 13:20
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obivously AT&T aren't the same mobile company as Voda

Voda in NZ don't have an unlimited plan

AT&T in the US does

thats where this issue of tethering the iPhone 3G to a laptop (for example) comes from

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  Reply # 154069 4-Aug-2008 17:54
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I just waded through Vodafone's "On Account" terms & conditions and, to give Voda credit, there's no restriction in there on tethering your modem.  So Netshare is "legal" so-to-speak on Voda's network.  Big ups to Voda.  You're still held to the data caps in your plan and the charges for any extra data over those allowances, but that's fair enough.

That's quite different to the situation in the States where AT&T's terms & conditions prohibit using your iPhone as a tethered modem.

So ... I guess that means Apple should pop Netshare back on to the NZ App Store then.

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  Reply # 154071 4-Aug-2008 17:58
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Nathan ... "Voda in NZ don't have an unlimited plan, AT&T in the US does"

Agreed.  These "unlimited" plans are a crock.  For God's sake, if it's an unlimited plan then it should be truly unlimited.  If there's a 5Gb/month "fair use" cap then it should be sold as a 5Gb/month plan.  I know this is primarily an AT&T-in-the-States issue, but it really gets on my wick when the marketing weenies trot out the "unlimited" word.

Not sure what the legal situation here in NZ would be though with an AT&T-type "unlimited" plan, with the Consumer Guarantees Act. 

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