How Apple Got Tricked Into Approving an iPhone Tethering App

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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How Apple Got Tricked Into Approving an iPhone Tethering App

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If you want tether your iPhone to your computer to share its 3G connection, you have to pony up $20 a month to AT&T for the privilege. Unless you're 15-year-old Nick Lee, who snuck an app that could do it for free into the App Store under the guise of a simple flashlight app.

Handy Light, which has since been removed from the store, was a $0.99 app that looked just like a slew of other garbage flashlight apps cluttering up the App Store. It's main functionality appeared to just be changing the screen to different colors.

But underneath? It gave you the ability to easily turn your iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing your laptop or iPad to share the 3G connection without having to pay AT&T a ransom to do so. Awesome.

Unfortunately, Apple was clued into the trick once people started talking about the app online. But for those lucky enough to snag it before then can keep enjoying the free hotspot ability as long as they want.

MacRumors via Gizmodo

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