Tether Launches HTML5-Based iPhone Tethering Solution

tether logoTether, 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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The Economist Avatar
160 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.
Score: 54 Votes (Like | Disagree)
outphase Avatar
160 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.
Score: 46 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TallGuy1970 Avatar
160 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.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nanotlj Avatar
160 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.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
striker33 Avatar
160 months ago
And now my WiFi only iPad purchase has been justified! :D
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joshwawilson Avatar
160 months ago
I wish I snagged up iTether when it was on the app store!
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)