login about faq

To prove you're not a spammer, email newuser.lgqa@gmail.com with the subject "Account Request" to request an account.

Flashlight App Briefly Brought Unofficial Tethering To The iPhone

alt text


Handy Light has been removed from the App Store.

asked Jul 20 '10 at 23:57

r0bErT4u's gravatar image


Haha! I was lucky enough to get it in time. I tried all 3 of my mom's credit/debit cards, all declined, so I went about 30 minutes to a CVS and got an iTunes gift card, just for an application that was a dollar. But hey, it pays off in the future. They actually pulled it a few minutes after I got it.

answered Jul 21 '10 at 13:09

AppleHack23's gravatar image


Congrats! FREE Tethering!! No Monthly Fee to AT&T!!!

(Jul 21 '10 at 13:29) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

woah a 15 year old, that is amazing, i thought apple was tough :/ they may have to delve deeper when checking apps in future

answered Jul 22 '10 at 06:38

nytechkid's gravatar image


I'm 14 and I could do the exact same thing. It's no doubt he stole code from iProxy.

(Jul 22 '10 at 07:53) AppleHack23 AppleHack23's gravatar image

The maker was able to fool Apple and have his app posted as a useless flashlight app, even though it could be used to tether your 3G connection for free.

Gizmodo article

answered Jul 21 '10 at 12:43

dan_144's gravatar image


Dang. I missed it. I can't believe that after paying what I do for my data plan every month ($39.99, I'm still on AT&T's older contract format of "unlimited data" on my 3G S) that I can't tether it to a flipping computer without paying for the tether plan that I used to use with a separate modem.

answered Jul 21 '10 at 12:50

Peter%20Murphy's gravatar image

Peter Murphy

If you jailbreak your device, you can tether to your computer alone with PDANet, or you can create a wifi hotspot by using MyWi. I'm not sure what PDANet costs, but MyWi is $10, unless you get a crack, which is illegal, but possible.

(Jul 21 '10 at 14:28) dan_144 dan_144's gravatar image

Kudos to the youngster! > 15-Year-Old Sneaks iPhone Tethering App Past Apple

Apparently not satisfied with paying AT&T an extra $20 a month on top of his data plan to tether with a 200MB-2GB cap, one 15-year-old managed to sneak his own tethering app past Apple's admittedly inconsistent iPhone app approval process. Nick Lee managed to get approval for "Handy Light," a $0.99 flashlight application that on the surface looked just like any of a hundred other flashlight applications, but in reality allowed users to use the iPhone 4 as a modem without paying AT&T their additional levy. Apple of course pulled the application shortly after its usefulness was discovered, though it still works for users who already downloaded it. >>>

answered Jul 21 '10 at 19:02

r0bErT4u's gravatar image


Your answer
toggle preview

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or __italic__
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text](http://url.com/ "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported



Asked: Jul 20 '10 at 23:57

Seen: 864 times

Last updated: Jul 22 '10 at 07:53