People like to get things for free in our culture. Whether it’s music, video or a data connection, we’ll take anything. Sometimes it’s simply the case that it’s too expensive. Other times it’s a self righteous feeling of entitlement. Whatever the case, it leads people to try finding every loophole possible to get what they want.
Ever since the dawn of the App Store, there have been developers trying to sneak apps on to the App Store that allow users to bypass their carrier’s hideous charges for tethering data. Late yesterday afternoon developer, Michael Leatherbury’s app, DiscoRecorder ($1.99) was made available for sale. Using a set of simple steps, it would transform from a simple voice recording tool in to a program that sidestepped your carrier to give you unlimited free tethering.
A little under a day later, the app was spotted and removed by Apple’s software police. My opinion on all this is if carriers offered generous data plans that included tethering, apps like this wouldn’t be needed. I’m also curious: did any of you spot this and get it installed before it was evicted? Feel free to use the comments to answer, or debate whether finding loopholes is a good or a bad thing?