Iphone and Netshare
After spending much of the weekend traveling without Internet I’ve really come to appreciate an iPhone app I snagged up last week. The app is called Netshare and was created by a company called Nullriver. You may have heard about it in the tech news last week. Basically the point of this app is to allow tethering on the iPhone. Tethering allows the phone to act as a modem and share it’s data access with a laptop or similar device. Essentially it allows me to use my AT&T 3G service from the iPhone on my laptop via WiFi. Pretty sweet huh? Indeed it is. However, like many cool features, there are a few drawbacks.
For one, it really drains the battery. Mainly because you are using heavy data transfer and because the app forces you to keep the screen on at all times. Another drawback is that you have to be careful how much data you use. Apparently, the “unlimited” iPhone plans aren’t actually unlimited. Reports are saying that you only have 5GB transfer a month. So it’s easy to see how a laptop using the web could quickly surpass this. My rule of thumb is to not do anything you wouldn’t do on the phone itself. So no torrenting!!
Another important thing to note when talking about Netshare is how it’s been on and off of Apple’s App Store. When the App first showed up in the store a few weeks ago, it was pulled off about an hour later. A few people were lucky enough to get it. Nobody is exactly sure why it was removed…some say it was because it violates the AT&T Terms of Service agreement (which it does). Regardless, it showed up back in the App store a few days later and I was lucky enough to snag it then! So, check and see if it’s still there. If it is, don’t hesitate to buy it because it’s a lifesaver!
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