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“Tethering App” Approved - Apple’s Inquisition Arrives and Pulls It

You might have noticed this on other blogs earlier today: Apple approved an app called Handy Light, which was pretty similar to other flashlight apps on the App Store. Except for one little insignificant and absolutely unnoticeable detail for American users: it allowed tethering on the iPhone.

With AT&T. For free. Boom.

That’s the sound young developer Nick Lee, who “implemented” some tethering code in his app, should hear when sales explode. In less than 3 hours, the app reached the top section of paid apps in the App Store, and it’s no surprise: AT&T customers on iPhone can’t enable phone-to-computer tethering like we can here. They have to pay for it, and I bet they have some limitations, too. As the news started to spread a few hours ago, thousands of people downloaded Handy Light.

Then, just like they did for Nullriver’s NetShare in the past, Apple removed it from the Store. I mean, it took even longer than I expected. Still, if you downloaded the app before Spanish inquisition arrived, you can set up a nice connection between your Mac and your iPhone using SOCKS proxy tethering - instructions in the video embedded below.

Until the next review team bot-fail, Apple.

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