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Tether Relaunches iPhone Version

Tether.com is pleased to announce that its award-winning app – which allows simple and affordable internet connection through smartphones -- is available for iPhones, again.

The developers behind Tether.com first released its product for BlackBerry in 2009 so users would no longer experience the frustration of being unable to find a WiFi hotspot when most needed. After a little more than two years, Tether.com now provides 500,000 BlackBerry and Android users with a dependable Internet connection for their laptops and desktops, using their existing smartphone data plans.

"It was clear from our initial application iTether, there was enormous demand within the iPhone ecosystem," says Tim Burke, CEO of Tether. "It was unfortunate that Apple decided to remove our application, only 20 hours after we launched. However, this caused us to innovate. Our underlying patent-pending technology behind Tether for iPhone is unlike anything on the market."

Tether's new version for the iPhone is purely based on HTML5 and creates a completely wireless connection over AdHoc. This circumvents the need of buying the application directly from Apple's App Store and allows any iPhone or iPad with a data connection to allow tethering.

Frequent travelers in particular love Tether because it works all over the world, no matter what network or carrier is available at the time. There’s no need to worry about reconfiguring the Internet connection from network to network.

Apple Pulls iTether

Around 12PM EST, Apple called our head office to let us know they were going to go ahead and pull our app iTether from the App Store. They stated it was because the app itself burdens the carrier network, however they offered us no way to remedy the solution… We were very clear when listing the app what the primary function was and they even followed up with several questions and requested a video demo then they approved the application.

We strongly disagree that it burdens a carrier’s network, as from our own data history on more than 500,000 users we know the average user consumes less than 200 MBs of data per month on Tether. In comparison, one TV show streamed from Netflix, an approved Apple App, could easily be in the 300-400 MBs range. Sure, there are some users that will consume way more than the average however that’s the case with any of these types of products.

Our team is very disappointed in Apple’s decision; as we strongly believe we help carriers better monetize their data stream by pushing customers into new data tiers further increasing their bottom-line. It is very anti-competitive to not allow any Tethering application to enter into this space to innovate. Our team has created a lot of innovative solutions for the BlackBerry product, which we were hoping to port over to the iPhone like end-to-end encryption, compression, website filtering and port filtering.

According to Apple, users who purchase iTether before it was pulled will continue to be able to use the product.

Our team is evaluating all of our options… Stay tuned.

Tether for iPhone Now Available at Apple’s App Store

UPDATE: Apple pulls iTether

Tether.com is pleased to announce that its award-winning app – which allows simple and affordable laptop connections through smartphones -- is now available for iPhones. It can be found under the name iTether in Apple’s App Store.

The developers behind Tether.com first released its product for BlackBerry in 2009 so users would no longer experience the frustration of being unable to find a WiFi hotspot when most needed. After a little more than two years, Tether.com now provides 500,000 BlackBerry and Android users with a dependable Internet connection for their laptops and desktops, using their existing smartphone data plans.

"We're excited to help iPhone users find a simple, affordable and effective way to use their laptops while traveling," says Tim Burke, CEO of Tether. "It’s impossible to ignore the popularity of iPhone among smartphone users, so it was only a matter of time before we released Tether for iPhone."
iTether allows users to connect their laptop or desktops to their iPhone to access a fast, reliable Internet connection anywhere they can get data coverage. Tether’s simple download process takes no more than five minutes. Users simply run Tether on their smartphone and their computer until a connection is made. The app solves the problem of paying costly monthly fees for an air card and the frustration of searching for WiFi hotspots while traveling.

Frequent travelers in particular love Tether because it works all over the world, no matter what network or carrier is available at the time. There’s no need to worry about reconfiguring the Internet connection from network to network.

Tether.com acquires competitor Mobishark

The Tether.com team is excited to announce that we have acquired Mobishark and iMobimac.

"This was definitely a strategic play, that allows us to leverage Mobishark's wide customerbase to our product", said Tim Burke, CEO of Tether. "We are excited to have Mobishark customers join our growing community."

The announcement comes before a few other major announcements that Tether plans to unveil over the coming weeks. Be sure to watch our Twitter page and Facebook page for updates.

Tether Launches Android Product

Tether is pleased to announce the launch of its latest product, Tether for Android, which targets the fastest growing segment of the smartphone market.

Tether, the Nova Scotia-based company that provides customers with dependable Internet access through their smartphone data plan anywhere there is cellular coverage, said the new platform is now available for download on its website, www.tether.com/android/.

Tether was launched in March, 2009, as a means of allowing people fast, affordable Internet access almost anywhere by letting them work on their laptops via their smartphone data plan. Having proven its success on the BlackBerry platform, Tether is now moving on to more platforms to expand its product range.

"We're excited to hit another Open Platform like Android, which is growing faster than iPhone & Research in Motion combined," said Tim Burke, CEO of Tether. "We noticed a massive trend of users migrating to this platform, and we are responding to the movement in the marketplace."

According to Gartner Consulting, Android accounted for 25.5 percent of worldwide smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2010. It is now the No. 2 operating system, exceeded only by Symbian, which had a 36.6 percent share of the sales.

Tether to Battle Breast Cancer

For a week in October, Tether will help in the fight against breast cancer.

Tether, the Nova Scotia company that provides customers with dependable Internet access through their smartphone data plan anywhere there is cellular coverage, announced today that it will donate a portion of its sales for the week of October 22 to 28 to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Atlantic Region.

To highlight Tether's commitment to a future without breast cancer, the company's website, www.tether.com, will be transformed to pink rather than its customary blue for the entire week.
"This is a unique campaign that we hope will catch on," said Tim Burke, CEO. "It's the first time to our knowledge that a company has organized a charitable campaign from the online sale of mobile applications."

Halifax-based Tether has identified the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation as one of its charities of choice, and this will be its second year contributing to this cause.

“We're proud to be able to give back to our local community by supporting the Atlantic Region of CBCF,” said Patrick Hankinson, Tether's Chief Marketing Officer.

Tether was launched in March, 2009, as a means of allowing people fast, affordable Internet access almost anywhere by letting them work on their laptops via their smartphone data plan. Within days, the product was selling around the world, drawing praise from such tech blogs as the New York Times, Entrepreneur and CrackBerry.

Tether's applications can be downloaded at www.tether.com.

Tether Targets the Enterprise With Internet on the Go

Tether announced today that it will unveil its business-to-business proposition at the WES 2010 Conference in Orlando, Fla., April 27-29.

Building on the tremendous success of its consumer-focused business, Tether has developed a model that will allow corporate customers to increase productivity and lower costs.

Tether was launched in March 2009 as a means of allowing people fast, affordable Internet access almost anywhere by letting them work on their laptop via their BlackBerry® data plan with no additional hardware. By selling its application to consumers though its website, www.tether.com, the company has attracted more than 100,000 users around the world.

Now the company is targeting corporate customers with a B2B offering that will include enhanced features including: data security, customization and data controls. The company is also discussing initiatives with several major wireless telecom carriers.

"We're now reaching out to corporate clients to help them cut their costs and improve their employees' productivity," said Tim Burke, Tether's CEO. "We not only want their staff to enjoy the convenience of tethering, we want their finance departments to benefit from our efficient, low-cost technology."

Tether has increased its staff as it moves into the enterprise space and is pleased to announce it has named Mike Flynn as its Director of Business Development. Mike was formerly the Director of Business Development for Voice Services at America Online Inc.

Tether is a sponsor of WES 2010, the premier annual symposium for BlackBerry® and its partners, and will host a booth at the event.

Tether Turns One Year Old!

Tether is officially celebrating its first year in business! It’s hard to believe just a year ago we asked for a little help beta testing our product. That early interest and exposure helped us explode to where we are today!

In just the past year we've helped over 110,000 BlackBerry Smartphones share their data connection with their laptops, all over the world. The year has been exciting with our rebranding from TetherBerry to Tether, launch of the Mac & Bluetooth version, our Android Beta and winning the local Innovacorp I3 competition.

It has been a fun ride and we hope to build on this momentum in 2010. We hope to continue to accelerate our growth and move closer to our goal of creating a Tethering solution for all major mobile operating systems.

Our engineering team has been working hard on our Android version. Although we haven't officially launched the beta test to our users, we promise it's going to be worth the wait. Just look at these unbelievable speed tests!

But what’s a birthday without a little celebration?

We're doing something a little special. We're giving away six Smartphones. Three BlackBerry Smartphones and three Android Smartphones, each laser-etched or decaled with the Tether logo. And, entering the contest is dead simple!

In addition, we're giving a number of Tether licenses away to various blogs. So if you aren't a Tether owner and want to be, check out your favorite BlackBerry or Android blog. If you don't want to wait, you can buy our product for a special price of $29.99 until March 16th.

TetherBerry rebrands as Tether! Now Available at BlackBerry's AppWorld

Tether announced today that its landmark application, which allows laptop-users
high-speed, affordable Internet access via their smartphones, is now available at BlackBerry® App World.

The announcement comes as the company, founded in March 2009 as TetherBerry, changes its main product brand name to reflect its intention to expand into new market segments, including Windows Mobile, iPhone and Android.

“More than 60,000 customers in 114 countries use Tether to connect their laptops to their smartphones, ensuring a fast and affordable tethering option anywhere they have cellphone coverage,” said Tim Burke, Tether’s Director of Development. “Now that we’re available at AppWorld, it will be easier than ever for BlackBerry users to access our service.”

As well as recently releasing a simpler user interface, Tether has now begun beta testing its Android version and has launched a new version of Tether that uses USB and Bluetooth.

TetherBerry was launched in March, 2009, as a means of allowing people fast, affordable Internet access almost anywhere by letting them work on their laptop via their BlackBerry’s data plan. Within days, the product was selling around the world, drawing praise from such tech blogs as the New York Times’ Gadgetwise and CrackBerry.

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