We all know how _that_ played out...
It just so happens though that the "talking" it is doing is transcribing bits to/from the internet connection of the phone.
The App itself is incapable of "tethering" without the piece installed on your computer that translates what the App is sending into a normal looking ethernet device.
Think of it this way... if I made an app that was called USBTwitter... and all it did was read bits over USB and posted them to your twitter account... then I made an executable that you ran on your Mac that sent text bits over USB... you would then be able to post to twitter _through_ your phone (ie tether).
This is the very same thing... but of course more general.
You honestly can't stop this without disallowing apps to use the USB port on the phone (or trying to explicitly ban it in the developer terms... but it would be hard because there would be plenty of "non-tethering" applications that would want to talk over USB and send bits over the phone's net connection simultaneously...)
It will be interesting to see what Apple does here..."
I only need tethering once a year. This iTether app would have been handy last week.
Interestingly, if I have WiFi active on the iPhone, it routes the connection over the WiFi network, which could be really nice in certain circumstances (you pay for a WiFi roaming plan on your phone, but don't have access to it on your PC).
Speedtest was showing 2.3 Mbps down, 0.9 up over 3G. Not too shabby.
I only plan to use this occasionally, to check emails from the road; I hope AT&T doesn't try to yank my unlimited data plan...
[I'm posting this comment over the Tether link now]
Now going to check if it will work with my iPad3G connected to my Macbook Pro.
Hope this info helps confirm/answer questions out there.
Now turning on Internet sharing from Ethernet to Wifi to see if I can have my Mac act as a Wifi hotspot using the iPhone tether.
The operators would be suckers if they give that for free instead of $30/mo
i'm happy with my nexus. don't even have to open the settings, i have a widget that turns on and off right on the home screen.
So telcos outside the US are suckers? I'm from Norway and Telenor has tethering enabled and they are one of the biggest telcos in the world.
Or, what is muchmore likely, as corporates don't pass on free money ever, their market is not and so theycan't make free money like in the usa.
T-Mobile: Unlimited txt/voice, 5GB data == $89.99 USD (2GB is 10 less, there is no cost overage after the cap, but the speed drops to less than 2G)
Sprint: Unlimited txt/voice/data == $110
ATT: Unlimited txt/voice, 4GB == $115, 2GB == $95
Saying that your carrier allows it for free is missing the point...
> We need an Apple / Google in the carrier world
if the government does not have the solution, and a major competitor to the big 4 (perhaps soon to be 3) carriers has not begun emerging, what do you think we should do? continue to wait for such a competitor to emerge? do you think one ever will?
Obviously the people behind this startup need to have $$ and not have their heads up their asses (like the other carriers).
The governments place is what ever we say it is.
Now you get it for 5 EUR...
They did not do it for the previous iteration of the concept (Netshare, those who kept it can still use it, although I'm not sure it still works on recent iOS versions). It's very unlikely they'd do it this time either, remote kill is for actively dangerous/harmful applications and they'd get a complete shitstorm using their killswitch for this.
The much more elegant solution for Apple is to make this app silently stop working with the next OS update.
The video suggests you have software on your computer and your phone, and that handles tethering circumventing the software built in to iOS.
Also, it seems they've targeted it at very non-technical users.
Edit. Looks like they did. Glad I got it when I did last night:
This nonsense is easy enough to get around with on Android (many third-party ROMs have Android's built-in tethering feature enabled) or BlackBerry (this Tether company makes a BlackBerry app that worked well for me in the past.)
Hopefully a glitch rather than full exclusion, but my gut tells me I should have bought it this morning.
Tethering on any Droid phones are encumbered by Verizon. You have to pay the tethering plan to have this feature enabled.
The same goes AT&T Android phones with "crippled" tethering capabilities.
iPhone supported carrier-sanctioned tethering pre-iOS 4 (iOS 3.x in 2010), just not in the US with AT&T. Different carriers handle it differently.
As far as we know T-Mobile is a lot more "customer friendly" since they're running 4th out of the big 4 Wireless provider in the US.
Of course, they can still get you via traffic analysis and other tricks, but that is a different sort of issue.
Have never had an issue with it.