If you were one of the lucky ones, you picked up a copy of Netshare while it was in the iTunes store. Its status with the iTunes App Store has been under scrutiny what with it coming and going willy nilly. Thanks to Nick Starr I caught it on one of its short lived moments in the App Store.
But if you did get it going, I highly recommend you hit up Apple Insider for a step by step guide to setting up Netshare with your iPhone. This of course allows you to hop on the internet with your just you laptop (ideally) and your iPhone. To my knowledge, no one knows what AT&T will do about this. They claim you cannot tether the iPhone and use it’s unlimited data plan at a $30/m savings to their regular data plan.
It gets really complicated as each application has to be reviewed by Apple before they are put into the wild for users to download. Secondly this app costs $9.99 which means if they disable it, customers would demand a refund… Thirdly, Apple will technically have benefited from this app which AT&T might claim to be illegal under their contract. Apple just renewed their exclusivity contract with AT&T through 2010.
Basically I’m thinking, use are your own risk!
I was hanging out at Diedrich Coffee today and thought I’d give it a try.
It took quite a few tries to get it going using the Netshare’s built-in instructions but Apple Insider’s tips were great and I had it up and running in no time. And it works. The speeds aren’t what I get on my Verizon card but in a pinch, 900kbps isn’t so bad.
Yeah so Netshare works pretty darn good, only one thing. When I did an IP trace on the address assigned by AT&T, I got some interesting results.
It says the IP is coming from AT&T but it’s coming from the United Kingdom. Not sure what that’s about but I’d be interested to see what other people are getting for their IP address when tethered to their iPhone.