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Tether Launches HTML5-Based iPhone Tethering Solution

Tether, the company behind the iTether iOS app that Apple approved and then quickly removed from the App Store, has a new tethering solution. This time, it's HTML5 based and doesn't require downloading anything from the App Store.
"It was clear from our initial application iTether, there was enormous demand within the iPhone ecosystem," says Tim Burke, CEO of Tether. "It was unfortunate that Apple decided to remove our application, only 20 hours after we launched. However, this caused us to innovate. Our underlying patent-pending technology behind Tether for iPhone is unlike anything on the market."

Tether's new version for the iPhone is purely based on HTML5 and creates a completely wireless connection over AdHoc. This circumvents the need of buying the application directly from Apple's App Store and allows any iPhone or iPad with a data connection to allow tethering.

The service costs $30 per year and can be ordered through Tether's website.

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33 months ago
Give the middle finger to the carriers!

This is what happens when companies are too restrictive. Others find a way to go around them. I said the same thing about OnLive's service and Microsoft, and it applies here. It's also why we have jailbreaks for iPhones.

Don't get me wrong. I love Apple products, but you squeeze your fists too tightly and things are bound to slip through the cracks.


Wrong. Blame the carriers, not Apple.
Rating: 54 Votes
33 months ago





Uh, the original tether app streamed data from the device, not the laptop. A wifi only device doesn't supply its own data, so your comment is moronic.


I think he meant tether your WiFi iPad to your 3G/"4G" iPhone.
Rating: 46 Votes
33 months ago
This is what happens when companies are too restrictive. Others find a way to go around them. I said the same thing about OnLive's service and Microsoft, and it applies here. It's also why we have jailbreaks for iPhones.

Don't get me wrong. I love Apple products, but you squeeze your fists too tightly and things are bound to slip through the cracks.
Rating: 36 Votes
33 months ago
I think it is absolutely absurd for the carriers to double dip for tethering for tiered data plans.
It may be okay to disable it for unlimited plan to avoid abuse. But it just does not make sense for tiered data plans. We simply use what we paid and pay what we used.
Rating: 31 Votes
33 months ago
And now my WiFi only iPad purchase has been justified! :D
Rating: 29 Votes
33 months ago
I wish I snagged up iTether when it was on the app store!
Rating: 21 Votes
33 months ago

This is what happens when companies are too restrictive. Others find a way to go around them. I said the same thing about OnLive's service and Microsoft, and it applies here. It's also why we have jailbreaks for iPhones.

Don't get me wrong. I love Apple products, but you squeeze your fists too tightly and things are bound to slip through the cracks.


To be fair, this isn't really Apple but the carriers.

w00master
Rating: 16 Votes
33 months ago
I'm still enjoying Handy Light :) Remember? :cool: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/07/20/flashlight-app-sneaks-tethering-into-app-store-for-now/

Rating: 16 Votes
33 months ago

And now my WiFi only iPad purchase has been justified! :D

It won't work the way you think. Rewatch the video. You have to create an ad-hoc network ON YOUR PC or MAC (you can't do this on an ipad), connect the 2 and they your PC or MAC (not your iPad) can surf via your iphones connection. You can substitute the iphone for an LTE ipad as well. Short story, you can not tether a wifi iPad and an iPhone.
Rating: 15 Votes
33 months ago

No, you're wrong. Since when did Apple start bowing to the carriers? Oh that's right, they don't. Apple sets the terms, and the carriers sign on as soon as Apple will let them.


Apple has always bowed to the carriers!

Until a few days ago you couldn't download an App bigger than 20MB over the Cellular network (now it's 50MB).

Why would Apple care about that?

Why no Facetime on 3G?

Why does no other smartphone manufacturer have the same tethering restrictions that Apple does?

Why does the iPhone feature the "Carrier Settings" file concept (which carriers can use to restrict how people use iPhones on their network).

Apple does things that benefit the carriers and not their users.
Rating: 14 Votes

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