iTether is back with HTML5 app skirting App Store

Shane McGlaun - Mar 12, 2012
iTether is back with HTML5 app skirting App Store

If you're an iPhone or iPad user, you probably recall the app that was only App Store last year for about a day called iTether. The app was designed to allow you to tether your iPhone to a computer and use the iPhone as a modem without having to fork over extra fees carriers demand for tethering. Apple originally approved the app, only to turn around and kick it off App Store within a day.

The folks over at iTether didn't just give up and walk away. The company now has a new app with a sneaky design that bypasses the App Store altogether. The new iTether app is HTML 5 based and will be available starting this week for $15 a year if you pre-order. Apparently, after the app launches the price will go up $30 a year.

It's interesting that the app is completely HTML 5 based and runs from the browser. It creates a wireless ad-hoc connection to connect your computer to the Internet using your iPhone's data connection. I always felt like the reason Apple removed the app originally was carrier pressure. I suspect that iTether is going to get more the little pushback from carriers with this HTML 5 solution, and we may even see some legal action.

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