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Apple Pulls, Then Returns iPhone-PC Tethering App To Store

The application makes it possible for people to use the high-speed Internet connections on the mobile phones to provide wireless access to the Web on a mobile PC.

Apple on Friday returned to its App Store an application that makes it possible for iPhone customers to use their high-speed Internet connections to provide Web access to a PC.

Apple has not said why it took down the NetShare iPhone application Thursday evening, but the software's creator, Nullriver, confirmed that the application was available once again.

"We're not quite sure why Apple took down the NetShare application yet, we've received no communication from Apple thus far," Nullriver said on its site.

The company said it had asked for an explanation from Apple and was hoping to hear back from the company soon. Nullriver said NetShare did not violate the developer or App Store agreement.

Tethering applications makes it possible for people to use the high-speed Internet connections on the mobile phones to provide wireless access to the Web on a mobile PC. Many handsets have tethering capabilities built-in, but carriers typically charge a monthly fee for the service.

AT&T, the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the United States, charges $30 a month, Web site TechCrunch reported. The iPhone, however, has no such capabilities built-in, and tethering would violate AT&T's terms of service.

NetShare, which costs $10, shares the iPhone's EDGE, or 3G, connection with a PC. While the connection speeds don't equal that of a broadband connection at the home, the software provides some form of ubiquitous Internet access.

Many users gave the application high marks on the customer reviews section of the App Store. One user, however, had this warning: "It's a great app but be careful of hitting the limit of your unlimited data play," the user said. "Carriers have been known to fine people with unlimited plans for 'excessive usage.' "

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