Apple Blocks Netshare App, Brings It Back, And Removes It Again

This past Friday, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) returned a Nullriver application in it’s App Store that they had blocked on Thursday evening.  The application makes it possible for iPhones on a data plan to act as a wireless device for computers and laptops.

Apple Inc. has not sent any response to iPhone users or to Nullriver why the application was removed.  The application was removed several hours after placed on the App Store and sold for $5.99.  It was then brought back on Friday.  And it is now offline once again.

“We’re not quite sure why Apple took down the NetShare application yet, we’ve received no communication from Apple thus far,” states the Nullriver homepage.  “NetShare did not violate any of the Developer or AppStore agreements.”

My hypothesis on why Apple removed it is because it conflicts with another product that telecomm companies want to sell to consumers.  For example, Sprint sells Mobile Broadband USB Modem services for $50 per month.  If AT&T wants to compete with Sprint in this market, they would have a hard time selling this service to iPhone 3G owners.  Why would they pay $50 per month when you can spend $4.99 for an app that does the same service?

Apple should have been more clearn in the do’s and don’ts of applications in their Developer and AppStore agreements.

Related Links:
1. Nullriver
2. Techweb (via Yahoo!)

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Apple Blocks Netshare App, Brings It Back, And Removes It Again Comments

  1. Vikash Shah says:

    Apple should have known this was going to happen sooner then later. Personally the real issue is the lack of innovation in software from these telephone companies (att, sprint, verizon…etc). Amidst all the none excitement of “Android”, I am personally excited to see if they come out with a more open platform that will rival the App store.

    Are you guys excited about Android, or is it just a future Google dead project?

  2. Amit Chowdhry says:

    I think that Google has a long way in convincing consumers to switch from the iPhone OS or Windows Mobile because both are already major established players. The applications built on the Android platform is very impressive though.
    I hope it becomes mainstream quickly.

  3. Walter says:

    AT&T offers a 3G access card for $60/month. Their terms of service explicitly forbid tethering your computer to your cell phone for this reason. You can read more about this at

  4. Amit Chowdhry says:

    Thanks Walter. Nullriver should understand why Apple blocked their app then. The application that was blocked that I’m more curious about now is BoxOffice.

  5. naruto says:

    apple should allow netshare.. its an innovation..

  6. naruto says:

    this netshare should minimize or if not prevent most of the iphone to be jailbroken…

  7. naruto says:

    by blocking netshare in the appstore, which netshare is for me d great apps, this xplains that apple are the underdog of phone companies…
    what about d developers right to improve the apps…

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