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Flashlight App Briefly Brought Unofficial Tethering To The iPhone

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Update:

Handy Light has been removed from the App Store.

asked Jul 20 '10 at 23:57

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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