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Apple Pulls the Plug on iPhone Tethering Application

November 30, 2011

Apple Pulls the Plug on iPhone Tethering Application

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
TMCnet Contributor

Today, Apple (News - Alert) Inc. removed all signs of iTether, a tethering application that was made available since Monday. This is not the first time that Apple has gotten rid of such an application and left no explanation. It would often happen quickly, without any sign of life left.

Tethering applications help you share your phone’s Internet connection with your computer. Once tethered, you can open up a browser on the desktop or laptop and use the Internet like any other computer. Most mobile Internet providers allow you to tether a phone only if you pay a $20 fee per month.

The iTether application was created by a company called 3052155 Nova Scotia. After they released the application into the App Store, the load on their servers became overwhelming and shortly devastating as users tried to download the application in a frenzy. Shortly after noticing, the company had to reach out for another 20 servers to provide the download without overloading.

Despite its popularity and legitimacy, the application was soon suddenly pulled by Apple. A representative of 3052155 Nova Scotia said that the application passed the approval process and that the company was asked many questions about the application before the approval.

Tethering applications are generally disliked by mobile Internet providers on the premises that they allow users to circumvent fees applied by the provider. To tether your phone with AT&T (News - Alert), for example, you have to pay a $20 monthly fee in addition to your total Internet costs. Some people attribute the disappearance of iTether to complaints made by mobile Internet service providers.

Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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