Apple resurrects iPhone tethering app, then kills it again

The on-again, off-again saga of NetShare, an iPhone tethering application, continued over the weekend as Apple briefly returned the program to the App Store on Friday, but then yanked it from the mart a second time. The NetShare application, which lets iPhone owners share the phone's EDGE or 3G cellular Internet connection with a notebook computer, reappeared Friday for several hours on Apple's App Store after being pulled Thursday . By approximately 10 p.m. PDT Friday, however, NetShare again went missing.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, NetShare remained unavailable. Developer Nullriver Inc. had no idea why its software had been reposted to the App Store on Friday, or why it had been removed later in the day. "NetShare is now back up and available from the App Store!" the company said midday Friday in an update to a statement posted to its Web site. Hours later, it updated the online statement. "Apple has taken it down again, with no explanation yet again," Nullriver said early Saturday.

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fickle over-hyped fashion accessory is indeed fickle. why do people want this phone again? oh yeah, cause its fashionable.

You are of course entitled to your opinion, even though it's complete nonsense.

The general mantra behind iPhone and iPod success is that they're fashionable, and the people that buy them are sheep. So what's the deal with Windows? That is a flaky product and THAT is the market leader - are all the people that buy it sheep? Please explain why people that find the market leader in one segment are sheep, but the people that buy the leading product in another are NOT sheep.

iPhone is great for a number of reasons, most of which those who have used it would know. From my personal perspective it has a wonderful, smooth, pretty UI which has leapfrogged current manufacturers who are all now scrambling to introduce touch / flow / touchflow / etc - and every implementation of which is regarded as reasonably pretty but stodgy and not that useful. It is a great communications device where configuration of stuff like email has been made easy, even for less than technical consumers. It integrates iPod for those people (or sheep by your rationale) who like the market leading MP3/MP4 player with them thus eliminating the need for two devices.

I think that a number of people who buy Apple products DO buy them because they're fashionable. I buy them because they're excellently engineered, they have superb customer service and GIVE a damn, the products always work excellently for me (had loads of iPods and now an iMac - never a moments trouble), and they ARE pretty and get me EXCITED as a consumer (which I just can't say the same for with HTC phones for example).

Now give up with the fashionable thing. It's getting really, REALLY old.

(Chicane-UK said @ #5.1)
You are of course entitled to your opinion, even though it's complete nonsense.

The general mantra behind iPhone and iPod success is that they're fashionable, and the people that buy them are sheep. So what's the deal with Windows? That is a flaky product and THAT is the market leader - are all the people that buy it sheep? Please explain why people that find the market leader in one segment are sheep, but the people that buy the leading product in another are NOT sheep.

iPhone is great for a number of reasons, most of which those who have used it would know. From my personal perspective it has a wonderful, smooth, pretty UI which has leapfrogged current manufacturers who are all now scrambling to introduce touch / flow / touchflow / etc - and every implementation of which is regarded as reasonably pretty but stodgy and not that useful. It is a great communications device where configuration of stuff like email has been made easy, even for less than technical consumers. It integrates iPod for those people (or sheep by your rationale) who like the market leading MP3/MP4 player with them thus eliminating the need for two devices.

I think that a number of people who buy Apple products DO buy them because they're fashionable. I buy them because they're excellently engineered, they have superb customer service and GIVE a damn, the products always work excellently for me (had loads of iPods and now an iMac - never a moments trouble), and they ARE pretty and get me EXCITED as a consumer (which I just can't say the same for with HTC phones for example).

Now give up with the fashionable thing. It's getting really, REALLY old.

yes i am entitled to my opinion as you are to yours. thank you for reminding every reader about that fact.

IPhone is the blonde of the smartphones.

(Chicane-UK said @ #5.1)
The general mantra behind iPhone and iPod success is that they're fashionable, and the people that buy them are sheep. So what's the deal with Windows? That is a flaky product and THAT is the market leader - are all the people that buy it sheep? Please explain why people that find the market leader in one segment are sheep, but the people that buy the leading product in another are NOT sheep.

One is a fashion accessory that people buy to show off with despite how crappy it is. The other has, largely due to poor business practices, become a standard in the work environment and thus the home environment. One you buy because you're a dick, the other because you all but have to if you want to use the majority of software out there and be familiar with your work computers.

Huge difference between the two.

Apple is a company that plays the flip-flop strategy. Now you know why I don't trust Apple. They were always like this. It's now that their business strategies have been revealed. They will soon loose focus on their creativity because of this bad business strategy. I hope they get their S**t together soon or M$ will beat them to the finish line.

Thats a great preview of what king of fascist policies apple can use trough a monopoly software store.
This takes on liberty, on freedom itself.
I bet there are service providers fingers on this history.

It is these types of actions by Apple that remind me of Microsoft back at their worst (before the DoJ oversight).

I like their product, but not a big fan of their corporate policies... :suspicious: