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  • Laptop + Jailbroken Iphone = Match made in heaven

    For those with Iphones, tech junkies, or those just curious I have been playing around with different things you can do with a Jailbroken Iphone.

    For those that need a quick explanation of "jailbreaking" it's unlocking the development features of a phone so that you can access the phones full functionality. (Most of which is restricted by the cell carrier prior to purchase of the phone.) While that's a bunch of tech jargon all you really need to know is it makes your phone a lot more user friendly and gives you many other options.

    As a disclaimer I would say that the legal aspect of "jailbreaking" is a gray area. It is however, a very common practice. In fact their are tons of web sites dedicated to Jailbreaking. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide if it's something you want to pursue for yourself. Speaking from experience I have had no ill effects at all from Jailbreaking my phone. It is a simple process that takes about 30 seconds and is easily reversible if you decide it's not for you.

    Out of respect for this forum I will not post links to Jailbreaking sites, but you can easily do an internet search on your own to find more information. What I will say is that if you are "paying" to have a phone Jailbroken then you are being ripped off. The process can be done for free, yourself, in about 30 seconds if you spend a little time looking.

    Here are a few of the highlights I have been able to figure out from research and trial.

    1. Free Apps. Yes that's correct. With a bit of looking once your phone is Jailbroken you can find the means to download Apps to your phone for free.

    Now I will strongly suggest that this practice, (much like stealing music off the internet) is not a good idea. The advantage I have found to this is that I can now test an app out before deciding to purchase it. (A feature that Itunes currently does not allow you to do.) I have repeatedly been burned by buying an app that turns out to suck, because there is no way to test it first. This allows me to decide if an app is worth the purchase price before I go ahead and spend the money I cannot get a refund on later.

    The few of you who will read this and decide to go ahead and just take the apps they want I have no control over, but I will say that it's stealing plain and simple. If you like an app, pay for it. The people that work hard to make those apps we use deserve to make a living from their work just like everyone else.

    2. Swapping carriers. Like the Iphone, but don't have AT&T? Jailbreaking an Iphone allows you to unlock the carrier restriction so that your Iphone can be used on any carrier's service. You will still need a data plan for your cell service as usual, but now you will be able to use the Iphone on your Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, or whatever career you currently have.

    Yes. It is sweet. I know.

    3. Free Tethering. Most Cell carriers charge about $30.00 a month to have the ability to use your phone as a modem for your laptop. A Jailbroken phone can bypass the need for the expensive rate plan feature and just allow you to connect your phone (via USB) to your computer and use it's 3G network to connect to the internet. There are tons of tutorials on the web about how to do this. This is really handy if you don't have a WiFi connection available.

    AT&T has not cracked down on this feature and as long as you don't abuse it you should have no problems.

    There are a host of other cool things you can do as well, but these are the top 3 I have worked with. Once again the information is out there, and what you choose to do with it is up to you, but I have found the process to be very worthwhile.
    Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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    i have an iphone thats already been on a service plsn with att for over a year, can i still jailbreak my phone and mess up the service?

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    • #3
      hey, I'm about to jailbreak my ipod in a few days here. Its not an iphone just a regular itouch but what are some sweet apps or really useful ones I should download?

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      • #4
        Okay, to answer the first question:

        I have AT&T as well... Jailbreaking the phone will not effect your service at all. In fact it has no barring on your service whatsoever if you plan on staying with AT&T. It only allows you the ability to take your phone to new service if you choose to change carriers. So feel free to Jailbreak with no fear of it effecting your service.


        second question:

        There are over +10,000 apps. It really depends what you are into. Give me an idea what you use your phone for, and I will list some solid apps to check out.

        one last thing...

        Blackra1n is the easiest, safest Jailbreak available. It's free and simple to install.
        Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Poindexter View Post
          Okay, to answer the first question:

          I have AT&T as well... Jailbreaking the phone will not effect your service at all. In fact it has no barring on your service whatsoever if you plan on staying with AT&T. It only allows you the ability to take your phone to new service if you choose to change carriers. So feel free to Jailbreak with no fear of it effecting your service.


          second question:

          There are over +10,000 apps. It really depends what you are into. Give me an idea what you use your phone for, and I will list some solid apps to check out.

          one last thing...

          Blackra1n is the easiest, safest Jailbreak available. It's free and simple to install.
          i wanna do custom ringtones, and more games. I found one wthing for a gameboy emulator and it looked real cool

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          • #6
            ok couple things I have been Jailbreaking my iphone since the iphone 2g.....as far as I know you can only get T-mobile on the iphone....the Tethering was fixed with the last patch and you cannot download carrier updates on the phone to make it tether...you need Pdanet or mywifi....

            Most of the Apps that are free that you are talking about are well Free apps...most if not all are free some you have to buy...you can't just download paid apps for free...
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            • #7
              Jailbreaking is the way to go. I jailbroke my Iphone the very first jailbreak, and have done it ever since.


              I paid good money for my Iphone, and if I want to customize it and mod it the way I want, I'll do it.

              Every Iphone user should jailbreak their Iphone's.

              There is no reason not to. It only makes the amazing device, that much MORE amazing.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Firstwave64 View Post
                Most of the Apps that are free that you are talking about are well Free apps...most if not all are free some you have to buy...you can't just download paid apps for free...
                Well that isn't entirely true.

                There are so many cracked apps out there it is ridiculous.

                I remember reading that one of the Iphone firmware updates that they are trying to implement a block of some sort if someone does have a cracked app.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Firstwave64 View Post

                  Most of the Apps that are free that you are talking about are well Free apps...most if not all are free some you have to buy...you can't just download paid apps for free...
                  You can download anything for free once your Phone is jailbroken.
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                  Fly Smart. Fly Bell.

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                  • #10
                    I jailbroke my Iphone 3gS at version 3. Ive been too lazy to update and jailbreak to the newer versions.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Firstwave64 View Post
                      ok couple things I have been Jailbreaking my iphone since the iphone 2g.....as far as I know you can only get T-mobile on the iphone....the Tethering was fixed with the last patch and you cannot download carrier updates on the phone to make it tether...you need Pdanet or mywifi....

                      Most of the Apps that are free that you are talking about are well Free apps...most if not all are free some you have to buy...you can't just download paid apps for free...
                      Most of this info is outdated. All of the things you are claiming can no longer be done are all things that I am currently doing on 3.1.2 firmware.

                      PDAnet is a simple download anyone can get and use with little, or no effort once they set up an Add-hoc wireless connection on their computer. As far as I'm concerned this still constitutes the ability to tether for free even if the setup to do so requires one extra step that is frankly no big deal.

                      As for getting the apps for free there is a simple solution for that as well. Using Cydia (An app that is installed when you jailbreak your phone with Blackra1n) you can install any number of apps like Appulo.us, or Appcake which work as alternative app stores. The stores still browse just like the normal app store, but they allow you to download the .ipa files from the web for free as opposed to purchasing them. Much like a bit torrent provider does. The only major drawback to this is that the downloads can take awhile and sometimes the apps don't work the first time you download them. It's a small price to pay for free apps I suppose.

                      Here is a small list of apps I was able to download for free in this manor as a means of testing them out before deciding to buy them.

                      Assassins Creed
                      Need For Speed Shift
                      N.O.V.A
                      Sim City
                      Scrabble
                      Uno
                      Rock Band
                      Tom Tom GPS (Glitchy, inaccurate, and not worth the money on Iphone)

                      There were 3 apps I was interested in that I was unable to download in this manner, so it's not a perfect system, but it does work for the most part rather well.

                      Cydia also has a program you can download to your phone called Winterboard.

                      Winterboard allows you to fully customize the look and "feel" of your phone. You can customize things like font, icons, themes, task bar, ect.

                      One especially handy aspect of this is called "Overboard" which is an app icon that controls your springboard allowing you to see all of your pages at once and instantly go to a specific page without having to scroll through.

                      There are numerous tutorials all over the web to do all of these things as well as and endless supply of youtube video walk throughs that can show you everything you need to know.
                      Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for posting this thread brah. I came across it about 20 minutes ago and thought to myself, "I have an iPhone, and nothing to do until i crash. I think I'll jailbreak my phone!" So I did some research first, and decided to use blackra1n. It's working pretty good so far. All I've done is messed around with my fonts, can't wait to see what else I can do with this.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LbloodOjunkieG View Post
                          Thanks for posting this thread brah. I came across it about 20 minutes ago and thought to myself, "I have an iPhone, and nothing to do until i crash. I think I'll jailbreak my phone!" So I did some research first, and decided to use blackra1n. It's working pretty good so far. All I've done is messed around with my fonts, can't wait to see what else I can do with this.
                          Blackra1n is definitely the best, most stable and safe way to go. Aside from the fact that it takes a whopping 30 seconds and a simple button push to do the job.



                          Here is a picture of my Iphone right now..(excuse the pic quality) I removed the carrier name, 3G symbol, and signal bars and replaced them with Bronco labels as you can see. I also added Bronco wallpaper, and a Bronco icon dock. As well as making the page marking dots orange and blue. Most noticeably I turned the icons themselves invisible and just left the app names so that the background could be seen clearly. You just push where the icon would normally be to open the app. The Battery symbol is also a Bronco label that fills when it's charging. These are all things I was able to do via Rock, and Cydia after I jailbroke the phone. It takes a little time and effort to learn, but once you have the basics the rest is easy to figure out.
                          Last edited by Poindexter; 01-02-2010, 08:28 AM.
                          Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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                          • #14
                            ^that looks good. I did mine in all Red Bull theme.
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                            • #15
                              Crazy, my friend was just telling me last night that she jailbroke her iPhone, and that I should do the same.. I was a bit skeptical, but I think I may try it..

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