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  • Handy Light Hides a Free Tethering App



    We received a tip from a reader this evening about an app that was certainly worth looking in to. Introducing "Handy Light," an app that made it to the Apple App Store even though it is actually a tethering app. Yes, for once there's actually a flashlight app worth getting excited about. But this application is merely disguised as a flashlight, while all along providing tethering capacity for your iPhone to easily share your device's internet connection with your laptop.

    Nick Lee’s Handy Light app, which looks like any other flashlight app that uses the iPhone’s screen to provide illumination, actually camouflages a tethering feature using the SOCKS proxy, la Nullriver’s Software’s NetShare app that was available for a short time nearly two years ago. The app just hit the App Store a little while ago and costs a mere $.99.
    Of course, it's only a matter of time before this app is yanked, so get it while you can. Handy Light, which requires an iPhone running iOS 4.0 or later, already has available a video tutorial outlining the necessary steps to access the app's neat tethering ability. This thing is so sophisticated that it actually managed to sneak by Apple. Understandably, the suits in Cupertino - oops, I mean, the "jeans," since they don't own suits - will likely not appreciate the guise that got past them.



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    Update: Apple has removed Handy Light from the App Store. Well.... that didn't take 'em long, now did it?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Handy Light Hides a Free Tethering App started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 134 Comments
    1. x999x's Avatar
      x999x -
      fyi for anyone looking to get this working with the ipad, it is possible, its just kind of tedious setting up the profile the first time around:

      Edited - Meef has updated instructions posted below
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      ^^ I'm uploading a youtube video now, will be ready in about an hour. will update this thread and the walkthrough with the link.
      (I am meef at macrumors, please refer to the instructions here instead, they have been revised:
      use Handy light to tether to iPad from unjailbroken iPhone on 4.0+ (without another PC) )
    1. TheiPhone4's Avatar
      TheiPhone4 -
      If apple yanked it, did they killswitch it?
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      Quote Originally Posted by katmeef View Post
      ^^ I'm uploading a youtube video now, will be ready in about an hour. will update this thread and the walkthrough with the link.
      (I am meef at macrumors, please refer to the instructions here instead, they have been revised:
      use Handy light to tether to iPad from unjailbroken iPhone on 4.0+ (without another PC) )
      youtube video of tether between handy light and ipad without PC: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcBm0eaPBZE]YouTube - Handy Light tethering to iPad from non-jailbroke iPhone without PC[/ame]
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Any better than mywi?
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      mywi is better in all regards, but this can be used on an iphone on 4.0 that's not jailbroke.
    1. Marley mon's Avatar
      Marley mon -
      Can u tell me where I can find this app
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      you can't anymore on a non-jailbroke phone as apple pulled it.
      if you're jailbroke there's no point getting it as you can use MyWI which is better
    1. Marley mon's Avatar
      Marley mon -
      So the people that got the program still can use it? And there is not away obtain the app no more?
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      yes people who got it in the window can use it still, but there's no way to get it on a non-jailbroke iphone anymore (and no point if you're jailbroke)
    1. Marley mon's Avatar
      Marley mon -
      Cause I have an iPad that is jailbroken with mywi and all I have to do is insert my sim from my iPhone 4 and I get Internet but still cannot get wifi from it yet and this app on my iPhone would be nice so I can use my phone and my iPad without sim card swap
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      ya know making this public news on forums just makes it 50x easier for apple to find it
    1. katmeef's Avatar
      katmeef -
      it was posted on this forum hours after it was up on other sites, FWIW. we weren't the primary culprit for it's getting pulled.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      The app is gone and won't be on sale anymore, yes. That doesn't mean we can talk or discuss how to now obtain it so stop asking, talking, mentioning, or thinking about it.

      And before anyone asks why: unless you tell me of a site that ONLY deals with apps that have been removed from the appstore and are no longer available and NOTHING ELSE, then yeah I guess you could mention it. Except you can't because just sharing/linking a legit .ipa won't fly either because it needs to be in your account for it to load so just don't. Mentioning where you can now find this app means you're mentioning where to find ANY app, which we do not condone.

      I repeat, don't.
    1. sidq's Avatar
      sidq -
      I bought it yesterday but haven't been able to setup with windows XP - please if any body knows how to - I would appreciate it
    1. gtag's Avatar
      gtag -
      Well that one was removed fast!!!
      Missed it..
    1. Goliegold29's Avatar
      Goliegold29 -
      It's still there just got it
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      The app is gone and won't be on sale anymore, yes. That doesn't mean we can talk or discuss how to now obtain it so stop asking, talking, mentioning, or thinking about it.

      And before anyone asks why: unless you tell me of a site that ONLY deals with apps that have been removed from the appstore and are no longer available and NOTHING ELSE, then yeah I guess you could mention it. Except you can't because just sharing/linking a legit .ipa won't fly either because it needs to be in your account for it to load so just don't. Mentioning where you can now find this app means you're mentioning where to find ANY app, which we do not condone.

      I repeat, don't.

      Well said; nice explination.
    1. x999x's Avatar
      x999x -
      Quote Originally Posted by Goliegold29 View Post
      It's still there just got it
      couldnt find it, i tried a number of different countries thru itunes searches. I heard japan still had it earlier this morning
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Got it right away. Works fine with my mac, but I would love to get it to tether my ipad.