NetShare for the iPhone

You may have heard about NetShare by now since it was up on the App Store, and then down, and then up again, and then down again. If you were one of the lucky ones (as I was) to be able to purchase the app while it then good for you and for all of you who weren’t able to purchase it, hopefully it will come back to the App Store.

The app was developed by Nullriver and costs $9.99 and here’s the description:

“Share your iPhone’s EDGE or 3G Internet connection with your computer using NetShare. NetShare provides a SOCKS5 proxy for your computer to connect to.”

Why this app made it through the review process in the first place is beyond me but the fact that it was taken down and then went up again is even weirder. What’s strange about it being taken down is that if I’m not mistaken the app doesn’t break any of the restrictions put upon the SDK, the only agreement it breaks is the AT&T agreement, but in some countries tethering is allowed. So technically Apple doesn’t have any reason to take it down but may be able to argue that since it is not allowed by AT&T you shouldn’t be able to even purchase it (which I don’t agree with).

If you do have the application and are having some trouble getting it set up I suggest using this guide (the troubleshooting tip at the bottom is what fixed issues for me). And if you use Windows here is a guide for you.


  1. I must have missed it. I have been trying to do this with my iPhone for some time now. It just sucks that it goes against AT&T’s contract. I mean, if I am paying 80 a month for internet on my phone, why shouldn’t I be able to share it with my computer?

  2. @Justin I agree with you, and what’s even more frustrating is that the app doesn’t go against any of the App Store or SDK terms of service. I hope Apple comes to its senses and brings the app back to the App Store.

  3. I’ve always enjoyed the thought of tethering phones to computers. It makes me think of a turn-of-the-century gentleman with a large mustache unraveling a ball of twine and using it to secure a phone to a computer. “Well done, Phineas! This tele-phoning device is most useful! I shant think I’ve seen myself in better humours these last few days.”

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