iTether, the iPhone app that was released last November and subsequently pulled from the App Store for being a “burden to the carrier network”, is now back for the iPhone — this time as an HTML5 app, and thus bypassing Apple’s approval process. Now simply called Tether, the service lets users tether their Windows/Mac laptops to their cellphone data plan via an Adhoc wireless network. This is especially handy for those without a jailbroken iPhone and/or wish to avoid any potential carrier fees associated with tethering.
From the Tether blog:
“It was clear from our initial application iTether, there was enormous demand within the iPhone ecosystem,” says Tim Burke, CEO of Tether. “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.”
Tether’s new version for the iPhone is purely based on HTML5 and creates a completely wireless connection over AdHoc. This circumvents the need of buying the application directly from Apple’s App Store and allows any iPhone or iPad with a data connection to allow tethering.
Frequent travelers in particular love Tether because it works all over the world, no matter what network or carrier is available at the time. There’s no need to worry about reconfiguring the Internet connection from network to network.
Tether can be ordered online and will cost $30 per year, though with the current promotion the first year is now only $15.