Tether releases 'jailbreak free' iPhone tethering HTML5 app

Tether releases 'jailbreak free' iPhone tethering HTML5 app

Summary: Jailbreak free tethering ... but at a price.


The iTether app might be long gone from the Apple App Store, but the company behind it is back, and this time with an HTML5 app that offers the same features.

Tether announced today a new web app and service that allows user to tether a 3G-enabled iPhone or iPad to any wireless device using a ad-hoc connection.

"It was clear from our initial application iTether, there was enormous demand within the iPhone ecosystem," said Tether chief executive Tim Burke. "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."

This however is not free service. The new Tether service will cost $15 per year if you sign up before the end of next week. Miss the promotion and the price goes up to $30 per year.

More details over on Tether's blog.

Topics: Software Development, Apple, Cloud, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones, Wi-Fi

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  • tethering

    It is really annoying how they don't let you tether. What does it matter to them what you use your data for.
  • Different strokes for different folks

    In Australia, tethering can be used if the devices allows it, with no extra charges.

    In fact the telcos sell such devices.
  • Yet again

    Were is the justic deparment when you need them for anti-trust lawsuits. Apple for years has gotten away with business practices Microsoft would of never been able to with-out it blowing up in their face. Watch apple will try to block (or at lest make buggy) this type of service with the next OS upgrade.
    • Re

      How is it Apple's fault that AT&T (likely - just a guess) has an agreement where all tethering must be purchased through them? I imagine the legal folk quashed the app that the techies didn't know would be an issue.

      BRAVO! to Tether for producing a device-independent solution.
    • Not anti-trust

      There are alternatives to Apple. They don't have anything near a monopoly. Tethering is working fine for me with t-mobile/Android.
      • Yes, but...

        Yes, but it's an Android.

        nuff said.
      • Doesn't matter

        Being Android or iOS doesn't matter what so ever. It's the carriers that are in control of the tethering situation and those that jump on Apple regarding this issue are only letting their hatred show through, not using their brains.
  • ...and when our data usage spikes...

    ...you can bet AT&T will LOVE this. They'll be pleased to throttle our speed (for those of us who are still on their now defunct unlimited plan) for the remainder of our billing cycle and then they'll "automatically" sign us up for their monthly tethering plan, too.
  • How I think it works

    For this to work, I assume you need to create a WLAN, connect the computer and the phone to it, let the phone connect to a certain website, and then you run a program on your laptop that also acts as a webserver, and the HTML5 webapp treats it as a server too, and uses JS/AJAX to connect to it.

    Then the laptop program creates a local proxy, and data there gets sent to the webapp using AJAX, and then the webapp relays it to a server/proxy on the internet.

    Lots of overhead, but ought to work.
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