We knew it would happen at some point: Apple has nuked an application from the App Store for (likely) violating terms of AT&T’s user agreement. Nullriver’s “NetShare” application allowed iPhone users to share their 3G or EDGE connection from their iPhone with other devices over Wi-Fi. It was pulled down from the App Store after just 20 minutes.
This leads to a few questions:
• What the hell is happening in Apple’s application review process? They obviously aren’t looking too closely at the applications or NetShare wouldn’t have gone up in the first place. What’s the point of approving applications for distribution by hand if they aren’t actually being viewed by editorial or policy experts?
• Why doesn’t Apple have a netsharing application themselves? I’d be happy to pay the $30 premium a month to use my iPhone as an access point for my laptop, as would thousands of others, I suspect. It’d probably be somewhat taxing on the 3G infrastructure, but so what? That’s why we pay for access on an additional device.
• Why did I say “a few” when I actually just had two questions? We’ll probably never know.
It’s a pity Apple killed it for AT&T’s sake. Now Nullriver will probably end up releasing it for free, forcing AT&T to chase down “bandwidth abusers” instead of generating extra revenue, while Apple will have lost their 30% cut of the software sales.