‘iTether’ unlimited tethering app appears in Apple’s App Store (with video)

Tether is an app that allows you to access the Internet on your Mac anywhere there is cellular coverage, through your iPhone.

For the time being, iTether is available in Apple’s iTunes App Store (US$14.99) here.

It even works on extremely archaic devices:

39 Comments

    1. How is this different from native tethering? It is obvious that in the US, you’re carrier will detect tethering and warn you must change of plan or they will. I’ll keep unlimited as long as possible.

      1. I doubt that tethering is so easily detectable. It is just that the equivalent iOS system utility, which appears to be part of the configuration, remains under the control of the carrier, a situation condoned by Apple.

      2. No, your carrier will detect your tether when you are using non-standard ports on your connection. For example, you cannot torrent on a iPhone, ergo if you are using the torrent ports on your phone connection then you must be tethering. If you stick to low bandwidth web browsing and email you’re fine.

        1. Given the limits and costs of mobile Internet, I doubt many would use if for torrents. More likely web browsing, e-mail, and social apps – the same as on the phone.

          That said, it will be interesting to see how the troglodyte carriers react.

  1. HOLD OFF ON BUYING THIS APP!

    You can easily buy the app but check the website for the connection software for your Mac first. I made the mistake of buying the app and then going to the website for the connection software download…can’t get it.

    Seems very scamy to me.

  2. This may seem a silly question but why buy this app when you can use the “personal hotspot” setting on the iPhone? (Of course, I don’t live in the USA either.) Is this a USA specific need?

  3. Wikipedia’s entry for ‘Tethering’:

    “Many mobile phones are equipped with software to offer tethered Internet access… iOS (only after jailbreak or running iOS 4.3 or higher on iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s without jailbreak) support[s] this”

    I imagine this app is aimed at people not within that group.

      1. Only because we’re already on limited data plans. 6 GB max (and only available during promos), and need at least 1 GB plan to tether.

        In the US, where some carriers still have unlimited data, an additional tethering charge was inevitable.

    1. I was wondering the same thing. But it seems that, at least the iPhone app, only uses the USB connection and also requires a Mac app or Windows program (always keep the terms separate) to be running in the background. So I don’t think that you can tether anything else.

      Now, I don’t know if you are tethering your phone to your Mac and sharing your Mac internet access that you can extend the tether to devices via the Mac. You would still need a Mac running, but MAYBE then the iPad could piggyback on. Hmmm…

  4. This is silly. iOS has had tethering built in for years. If your particular carrier requires a fee, you’ll just have to pay the fee and it will work.

    And if you want to cheat your carrier out of that fee, it is fairly easy for them to find out about this (the moment you launch your web browser on a tethered computer, it will identify itself as a desktop browser, rather than mobile). Many carriers will gently remind those who tether without paying that they shouldn’t do that.

    1. @Predrag… sounds like your paycheck is tied to buying tethering from the carriers in the US. 😉

      If you think the carriers charge of an arm and leg for a limited amount of data transfer is justified then you are right but a great deal of folks who know the carriers are tipping their clients off have a different view on this.

      I like your honesty and loyalty but it would be better if it is directed towards the consumer rather than a corporation. Here is a silly reminder: The corporation is not human and needs numbers as fuel. It is only obvious that the corporate greed will create unwanted business behavior and mostly anti-consumer results.

      1. Well said surf, but remember who the biggest of all corporations is ; Apple. You don’t really think that they are any different than any other corporation do you? They make great stuff. But they have one thing in common with all other corporations, They are in business to make money. It’s not evil. Nor is it evil for all other corporations to make money. Apple charges as much (whatever the consumer will pay) as they can for their products. That’s not “a silly reminder”. You are aware of the corporate world. Just remember that your view of that world must include all corporations. Otherwise you view the world through rose colored glasses. Apple is the world’s largest corporation. They make consumer communication and entertainment products. They do not make products that defend your country, that you can drive, that you can fly, that will save your life or even cook your food. They make great shit that’s fun. So please keep things in their proper perspective. Apple, they are out to make money and have made billions. Good, that’s their job. But never be so naive that you think that Apple is your best friend. That’s not their job. If you need a friend, get a dog.

        1. @GM… I don’t deny that is a corporation… but I just cannot make the conversion so complex that it would not make sense. The subject was about the article and the fact that the providers are pushing the prices and forcing people to pay and now there is a developer who has come up with a way to shake the system.
          My view of the “word” includes all corporations but I don’t treat them the same way if they show respect for their clients rather than for Wall Street… that is where you and I defer… Work is work and those who do it deserve merit and they will recognized. However, AT&T and a few others have not delivered what they needed to and are charging an arm and leg to do that.
          Apple is not my friend… you are funny to think that either a corporation or a slave pet like a dog will be a friend to you or me. I have friends and that is not what I am looking for from a company to provide. I don’t care about a company until I am part of it. The company should have a mission to help and should deserve a merit for the work done. Stocks and wall street or in general prophets or middle men deserve no merit.
          PS: If you have a dog you have a slave… it is just not a human slave.

          1. Wow! A slave? Hmmmmmmmmm. Sounds rather 60’s but hey, you’re probably a vegan too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. No, I don’t think my dog would consider himself a slave. But he might take a bite out of your ass if you insulted his intelligence with a faaaaaaar out comment like that. You see, he’s a carnivore.
            We differ we don’t defer. Corporations are charging. I’m not sure how you come up with “pushing the prices”? It’s called a business. You charge for services. It’s that simple. Why aren’t you complaining about Apple charging huge prices for their products? You do realize that they have the highest margins in the industry don’t you? How the hell do you think they accumulated all that cash? Huh? Where is your criticism? Huh? Sounds like you are picking and choosing. You must complain the most about Apple’s pricing or you are a complete phony!
            “And they will recognized”. What?
            “but I just cannot make the conversion” Do you mean comparison?
            “rather than Wall Street” What? You hate Wall Street? Why?
            It’s simply part of the economy!
            AT&T has not delivered? Are you nuts?
            “and should deserve a merit” How do you deserve a merit?
            “stocks and Wall Street or in general prophets or middle men
            deserve no merit” What? Merit again? Stocks and Wall Street
            are things so they cannot earn “merit”. Prophets? Middle men?
            They are just people doing a job. No different than everybody
            but you. I’m going to guess that you don’t work? I’m also
            going to guess that by what I could decipher, you haven’t
            much of an education. So Skippy, you sound like a poorly
            educated, disgruntled unemployed Wall Street protester. You
            Probably live in your parent’s basement. Keep complaining
            Skippy, maybe you can redistribute the wealth. Now that will
            make you happy won’t it Skippy?

      2. Where on earth did you get that I agree with the tethering charges??? My point is, if the contract you signed with the carrier requires you to sign up for a separate add-on plan in order to tether, then you’re in violation of that contract if you tether without paying. There are many carriers around the world where tethering is a non-issue. They give you a data package and you do what you wish with it — stream pandora, video skype all day, tether your laptop, as long as you’re within your package, they don’t care.

        Then there’s AT&T…

        I belong in a group of consumers who don’t believe tethering makes meaningful difference in data consumption, compared to ordinary smartphone use. For that reason, it is just a convenience fee, and as such, it is a highway robbery.

  5. I have to say that although I pay an arm and a leg for my service in Canada, the one thing I don’t pay for is tethering…if I did that would cost another arm and I don’t think I could use my nose to type on my phone 🙂

  6. Anyone able to get the binaries downloaded (dmg & exe)?

    I am able to download the dmg, but get an error that the disk image cannot be recognized. The exe will not download at all.

  7. I’m downloading the dmg file now. Very slow. Connection is 0.1 KB/Sec – suspect it is the server output speed. At this rate it will be a few hours till I know if the disk image will expanded/opened. Was able to download the iphone app earlier today, so 50% there. Trying to be optimistic…

    1. …patience payed off for me!

      Took a while and many download restarts after “Timeouts”. Finally got the mac version downloaded, installed, and running great on my iMac. I was getting disk image error messages till I realized that the download was “Timed-Out” and therefore stopped. All it took was to restart the download process and it picked up from where it was stopped. Eventually it fully downloaded and… happy camper — for now!

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