Tether Says Apple Pulled iTether App Over Carrier Burden

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Tether has issued a statement explaining its interpretation of Apple's removal of the iTether app from the App Store, hours after it went on sale. Apple, which has not had any public comment about the app, explained to Tether that the data use resulting from the app was too burdensome to carrier networks.

Around 12PM EST, Apple called our head office to let us know they were going to go ahead and pull our app iTether from the App Store. They stated it was because the app itself burdens the carrier network, however they offered us no way to remedy the solution… We were very clear when listing the app what the primary function was and they even followed up with several questions and requested a video demo then they approved the application.

We strongly disagree that it burdens a carrier’s network, as from our own data history on more than 500,000 users we know the average user consumes less than 200 MBs of data per month on Tether. In comparison, one TV show streamed from Netflix, an approved Apple App, could easily be in the 300-400 MBs range. Sure, there are some users that will consume way more than the average however that’s the case with any of these types of products.

Our team is very disappointed in Apple’s decision; as we strongly believe we help carriers better monetize their data stream by pushing customers into new data tiers further increasing their bottom-line. It is very anti-competitive to not allow any Tethering application to enter into this space to innovate. Our team has created a lot of innovative solutions for the BlackBerry product, which we were hoping to port over to the iPhone like end-to-end encryption, compression, website filtering and port filtering.

According to Apple, users who purchase iTether before it was pulled will continue to be able to use the product.

Our team is evaluating all of our options… Stay tuned.

Tether's website has been slow and unresponsive since the app launched last night.

Thanks Victor.

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Top Rated Comments

TheOrioles33 Avatar
163 months ago
Thats what I dont understand. You can stream Netflix and Pandora all day long but you cant tether. Makes no sense.
Score: 63 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SeniorGato1 Avatar
163 months ago
It's burdensome to the carrier's pocketbooks...
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KramRevilo Avatar
163 months ago
"go ahead"

"Apple called our head office to let us know they were going to go ahead and pull our app iTether from the App Store"


Sounds like a quote from Office Space. .... Mmmm, yeahhhh, we're gonna have to go ahead and pull your app.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TallGuy1970 Avatar
163 months ago
All to be expected, except Tether's reaction. Seems like a lot of huff and puff at a house they (Tether) have no right to try and blow down.
I think you've got it all wrong. Tether was up front with Apple about their app (at least they say they were), even answering specific questions about the app. Apple approved it for the app store, but then it gets pulled about a day later.

It seems obvious to me that the carriers didn't like that people were able to tether their computers to their iPhones without paying the carrier's extra fee. Apple caved to the complaints from the carriers!
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hitekalex Avatar
163 months ago
All to be expected, except Tether's reaction. Seems like a lot of huff and puff at a house they (Tether) have no right to try and blow down.

What specifically about Tether's response is it that you find objectionable or unfair?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gen Avatar
163 months ago
Total agree with the developer on this one.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)