On Friday night my roommate was looking at phones on walmart.com and came across what looks like a prepaid iphone for straight talk. He immediately took a screenshot and kept the page open to show me the next morning but instead woke up and found out that windows update had restarted his computer. To make matters worse he was browsing with firefox's private mode enabled so we weren't able to get the URL history, we're hoping that maybe you or your readers know of a way to recover browsing sessions or url history. We've tried a few methods but nothing has worked and we've spent hours on walmart.com trying to look for it but now we can't find it. Here is the screenshot he took:If a prepaid iPhone is indeed on the horizon then "Straight Talk" would be the perfect prepaid carrier to launch it on. For those of you who are unaware "Straight Talk" is Walmart's (a key Apple partner) pre-paid MVNO for AT&T (another key partner), since the service uses the same AT&T towers and frequencies the iPhone 4 wouldn't have any problem hopping onto the network. In fact many of you who follow the iPhone discussions over at howardforums.com already know that if you walk into walmart and purchase one of the existing "Smart Talk" smartphones such as the nokia, activate it, and then put the SIM card into your iPhone you can talk, text, and surf the web just like you would on an iPhone activated through AT&T. I've blogged about this before and to me a prepaid iphone is inevitable, we can talk about how apple likes the "top tier" service providers and how it likes to market it's products as exclusive and luxurious but at the end of the day this is all about market share and as much as I hate to admit it, android is winning the battle. You know, I know it, and of course Apple knows it. Which is why (if the rumors are correct) by the end of the year you could start seeing Sprint and T-Mobile officially partnering up with Apple and carrying the iPhone on their networks. My question is, why stop there? If Apple is willing to break away from the big 2 carriers (AT&T / Verizon) why not double down and open up the iPhone to prepaid carriers as well? The prepaid smart phone market has already proven itself well with MetroPCS having the first 4G android phone in the US and Virgin Mobile's (owned by Sprint) recent android launches of the Samsung Intercept, the LG Optimus V, and more recently the most powerful prepaid android phone, the Motorola Triumph. All of these phones were priced at over $200 (without a contract) when launched and retailers such as Target and Best Buy struggled to keep them in stock so consumers have already shown they are willing to fork over a few hundred for a prepaid smartphone. In the past the only obstacles stopping a prepaid iPhone from gaining traction was Apple's exclusivity agreements and AT&T and Verizon's unwillingness to lose out on milking those 2 year service agreements for all they were worth. But now with Sprint and T-Mobile getting the iPhone there is going to be a lot more competition for subscribers and anybody who's an armchair economist can tell you that when there is healthy competition in the market consumers are the ones who benefit the most. From this point forward the carriers are going to race to the bottom to see who can provide more for less while still remaining profitable. Sprint and T-Mobile both offer "unlimited" for under $70 per month and the "unlimited" plan on Straight Talk is $50 per month so if you were AT&T and worried about losing subscribers to the 2 new carriers, why not offer the prepaid option to expiring 2 year agreements as well as to new customers who are willing to pay upfront for their phone? If they are worried about profits/data usage, they can do what Virgin Mobile did when they launched the Motorola Triumph and increase the rate plans by $5 or $10. And if you're Apple, why not let AT&T (who has been a good partner all these years) do it so that you can jump into a proven pool of customers and chip away at android in a market where it has no competition? At this point all we can do is twiddle our thumbs and wait for the announcement but like I've stated before, I believe a prepaid iPhone is inevitable and because Straight Talk has 2 key Apple partners (Walmart and AT&T) it seems like a match made in heaven....
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There seems to be a lot of confusion all over the web about iphone and ios jailbreaking, how it works, the benefits, the downsides, and the overall experience of a jailbroken iDevice. Hopefully this will serve as the ultimate jailbreak guide and help you on your jailbreaking, or non-jailbreaking voyage.
Now in case you've been living under a rock for the past half decade or so, then you already know that apple's various iproducts have become quite popular and their demand is only expected to continue soaring. They're popular for a few reasons but the leading feature is apple's ios operating system. It's not only easy to use but stable, safe, and secure. While many love ios for these benefits, it does come with some serious downside which is the heavy restrictions apple puts in place on ios. Some say that these restrictions are the reason ios is so stable, safe and secure, others say that apple is just a draconian company who is limiting certain features to protect their profits. We won't dive into that train wreck of a debate for obvious reasons but the fact remains simple, ios is without a doubt heavily restricted. Thats not say it's a bad operating system, even with these restrictions its still a great OS especially for mobile devices such as cell phones and mp3 players.
But apple is just one side of the restrictions on iphone devices, the other side is the cell phone carriers themselves. Apple is in the business of hardware and software, at the moment they don't seem to have any ambitions of going over into the telecom world, at least not yet. Apple builds the hardware and software, then cell phone companies such as AT&T are the ones who actually provide you and your device with phone and internet service. Carriers are in business to make money too which is why back in the day when the carriers were using the generic operating systems that companies such as Motorola or Nokia used they would place heavy restrictions on what those phones could actually do. Back then the carriers just didn't have the bandwidth they have today and if customers were given free range to do whatever they wanted on their phones, the carriers would be the ones paying the price.
Fast forward to today's cell phone market where iphone and android phones reign cell phone carriers are still placing these restrictions to keep a cap on their customers, so to speak. Any phone hardware company that wants to jump into the cellular business has to play by the carriers rules because ultimately they are the ones holding all the cards, and in apple's case it was no different. Certain restrictions (such as tethering) are in place simply because cell phone carriers didn't want the extra burden of handling or being responsible for that much data.
And then you have to focus on the app developers and the hundreds of thousands of companies that are trying to get their media on to your device. They'll let you watch their freebie/teaser media for free, but if you try to access premium content then you're out of luck. Why is that? Well it's simple really, if you were to sit down at your computer right now and attempt to watch said premium content, what is the first thing that you're going to see? Ads! Every time you view a page, watch a video, or even get an email at any major free email provider (such as yahoo and gmail) you are presented with ads all over your screen. Content providers can do that because the average computer screen is quite large and can easily fit all premium content + various ads without affecting the look or feel of the webpage thats being viewed. Cell phones on the other hand have tiny screens in comparison. On a cell phone a 4 inch screen would be considered huge but the average cell phone screen is only 3.4 inches. This greatly reduced page means that content providers can't splash as many ads in your face, which reduces their revenue. Thats not to say there isn't advertising on your phones, I'm sure you've seen them they just don't have the same impact as a full banner ad or 30 second spot before a web video and as a result they are worth less than a full ad on a computer which is why they restrict viewing from your phone but are happy to give you access if you're on a bigger screen.
All 3 sides have their own interests in keeping ios locked down and restricted but the problem is that it severely limits your choices and freedom on a very expensive device that you're paying good money for. I hope this doesn't sound lame, but in my opinion if you paid for a device then you have the absolute right to use it however you please as long as you don't break the law or hurt somebody else. Which leads us down the road of jailbreaking.
What Jailbreaking Does
When you jailbreak a device you're basically hacking into the ios operating system and removing these restrictions and "breaking" your device free from the metaphorical "jail" in which it has been placed. The process may sound complicated but it's actually very simple. Now we know that ios is an operating system and like all operating systems, ios has a few holes, exploits, and bugs in it. These tiny exploits and bugs are rarely noticed by everyday users but hackers who are constantly scanning and testing ios for these vulnerability use these errors in the ios code to wiggle in and modify the ios firmware. This is why every time there is a new version of ios released you have to update, and rejailbreak your device. Every time apple releases an update, they look at the jailbreaks that are available and patch them so they no longer work on the new version. In case you didn't already know, apple doesn't like it when users jailbreak their devices, but we'll go into the details of that later.
So back to the jailbreaking process, once the hackers have found the hole they are able to modify the firmware and trick it into doing things that apple and the phone carriers wouldn't normally allow such as running unsigned code and files. It also gives you much more access to ios and will allow you to perform all sorts of tweaks, modifications, and run apps that apple wouldn't normally allow. On example would be Cydia, which is a 3rd party application installer that allows jailbroken users to download and run many apps that are either not allowed in the app store or that have been previously banned. Cydia works just like the app store, most of the apps are free but there are a few premium apps (which are usually for very advanced users) but those don't cost more than a few bucks.
Another advantage that jailbroken devices have is that they have the ability to get just about any app from the appstore 100% free. Obviously this is shaky legal ground, and since we aren't lawyers we won't dish out any legal advice but there are many jailbroken users who enjoy hundreds of thousands of free apps. If you consider yourself a power user of the various apps and you just can't help yourself, a jailbroken device might provide you and your bank account with some financial relief. Now, I don't want to condone app piracy and as an app developer myself I think it's only fair to say that if you like an app and enjoy it, then you should by all means do the right thing and pay for it. I think the best use of the "free apps" benefit is to be able to fully test drive software before buying it. Not only do you get lifetime updates for the app, you also get customer support and are giving the developers incentive to make the apps better and make other apps.
Many people aren't exactly sure what tethering is, and since cell phone makers and carriers don't usually allow it (including apple) it's no surprise that it remains somewhat a mystery but in basic English terms, tethering allows you to connect your iphone to your computer or laptop and use it as a sort of wireless modem so that you're able to access the internet through your phone anywhere you have a signal. This feature is very popular with business travelers and people who are constantly on the go but phone carriers really don't like for people to do this because it takes up much more bandwidth on their networks. Recently though more and more carriers are opening up to this feature and allowing to tether without jailbreaking, but they'll charge you anywhere from $20 - $30 per month for the ability to do it. But with a jailbreak, you can do it for free ;)
Wifi hot spotting
Just like tethering, wifi hot spotting allows you to turn your phone into a wireless hotspot so that other devices can connect to it via wifi and use the phone's signal as an internet connection and access the web and email. Obviously, cell phone carriers don't like this either but some are willing to let you do it so long as you're willing to pay the hefty fees every month that go with it. One quick warning about wifi hot spotting, just like tethering it's very easy for you to use a lot of bandwidth very quickly especially if you're using something like a desktop or a laptop since webpages will serve you the "full version" of their website instead of just the low bandwidth mobile version. Also, if you're using a PC or laptop, you may have operating systems or programs which are checking for and downloading updates via your 3g connection which could make you hit your monthly caps very quickly.
You'll also want to be sure you set a password for your wifi connection so that you don't end up sharing your connection with everybody around you, this actually happened to me once when I first tested the wifi hot spotting on my jailbroken device. I didn't even realize it until AT&T called and warned me that I had gone past my monthly cap, I didn't realize it at first but it turns out I shared my 3g connection with everybody within a 50 foot radius at the airport terminal while waiting for my flight.
Wifi apps over 3g
Just like with tethering and wifi hot spotting, the carriers come knocking again by limiting certain apps to be used only via wifi and not 3g. I can understand where they are coming from but if they're going to limit people to 5gb monthly caps anyway, why try and dictate how they can and can't use them? Well thankfully a jailbroken iphone can get past these restrictions and use apps that locked down to wifi over the 3g connection so you can use them from anywhere. The most popular app that does this is apple's facetime app, which allows you to video chat with your friends and family via the front facing camera on the iphone 4. With a newborn child, I use this feature a lot when talking to my wife so I take advantage of this on an almost daily basis while on the road. Another popular app that people love to use over 3g but is limited to wifi is the iphone and ipad netflix app. It is bandwidth heavy but when you're stuck somewhere with no wifi for 2 hours, it's nice to kickback and watch a movie on your iphone.
Aside from those listed above, some more advantages of jailbreaking your iphone is the ability to *really* multitask with applications such as backgrounder or one of the many available switcher apps available via cydia, and the ability to change your background, icons, and the overall look and feel or the "themes" of ios to suite your needs. And speaking of themes, one of the most underrated features of a jailbroken phone is being able to use winterboard to theme your phone to just about any type of design and background that you'd like. Its kind of sad that apple doesn't include this theming option within ios, I really think every iphone should have the option. I don't want to get too off track here, but if you want more info about winterboard checkout these youtube videos:
But even as great as custom themes are, we haven't even touched one of the biggest advantages of jailbreaking, which is unlocking. Now you hardcore iphone fans are probably already aware of this but let me recap for those who don't know or have just flat out forgotten. When the iphone was first released it was only available on a single carrier, which was AT&T. They did the best the best they could to brace themselves for the massive and data hungry userbase of iphone fans but even they underestimated just how big of a toll it would take on their network. Reports were flying left and right about data outages, dropped calls, and other annoyances that were placed at the feet of AT&T's network. Frustrated with the poor service and low speeds some users tried to switch carriers only to find out that apple had locked the phones so they could only work on the AT&T network. But once the jailbreak hacks started coming in, people discovered something interesting. If they hacked into the firmware's modem and base band, they could trick the device into working on other networks, and iphone unlocking was born.
Of course a locked phone is a restriction of both apple and the phone carriers so in order to unlock an iphone you have to jailbreak it first. That doesn't you have to, it's just that if you need it the option is there for you to take. Most people who unlock their phones after jailbreaking them do so because they are moving into an area without coverage from their current carrier or they are away on business/vacation and are in a country where AT&T doesn't have coverage. But before you venture into the world of jailbreaking + unlocking understand that your phone won't work on all carriers, only the ones who have GSM service. In the United States the 2 biggest carriers with GSM are AT&T and t-mobile but there are also other sub-providers and MVNO resellers, such as walmart's "straight talk" cell phone service which uses AT&T's cell phone towers (and in turn GSM) and at $50 for unlimited talk, text, and data, iphone unlocking maybe worth looking into after you jailbreak.
A jailbroken device basically lets you use device any way you wish instead of being limited to what apple or your cell phone carriers think you should be allowed to do. Now in a perfect world you would have all of these benefits without any disadvantages but since we are in the real world I think it's only fair to warn about the possible downsides that come with modifying your idevice. One of the first disadvantages of jailbreaking your device is that it gives you control over stuff that you shouldn't. The reason apple's ios is so stable because it's severely locked down and can't be modified, but now that the safety lock has been removed and you have total control over the device if you modify the wrong settings in the wrong way then there is a chance that you could experience more frequent crashes or resets. For most jailbroken users this isn't a problem because very few modify the hard-coded system settings of their iphone and as long as you stay away from them you won't have any problems.
Another issue comes from the benefit of multitasking, with a jailbroken device you can run as many apps at the same time as you'd like. And while playing angry birds with pandora radio in the background while you upload a large attachment to your coworkers sounds like fun, its also putting more strain on your batter by having to do all those things at once. Multitasking is lots of fun, just don't go crazy with it otherwise you could end up draining your battery a lot faster than you expected. Luckily, batteries can be recharged. Another issue with jailbroken devices is that some apps don't allow themselves to be ran on a jailbroken device. This is actually a new, and thankfully small trend but some companies such as time warner aren't allowing their apps to be ran on jailbroken devices. Why you may ask? Well in the case of time warner it makes perfect sense. Cable TV customers of time warner are able to download an app for their idevices that allows them to watch cable TV on the device itself without a TV.
The problem is ios hackers have found ways of tricking ios (via a jailbreak) into thinking that a person is a time warner cable subscriber when they really aren't. The result is that tons of non time warner cable subscribers were able to watch premium cable over 3g on their phones which did not go over very well with time warner or the big TV studios. Since then time warner has restricted the app from running any device that has been jailbroken. So far thats the only big time app to block jailbroken devices, but you never know when other app makers may start doing it as well in order to "project themselves" from things like piracy or stolen content. But not to worry, ios and app hackers are hard at work and trying to reverse these limitations so such apps can be ran in jailbroken device.
Now the rest of the "disadvantages" aren't really disadvantages of jailbreaking, but more like myths. All of the issues below have been addressed multiple times on other sites but I think it's important to include them here as well just in case they are still floating out there. Lets start off with the mot common myth which is regarding the warranty of a jailbroken device.
The question of "will jailbreaking void my warranty?" is probably the question we get the most but it makes complete sense for people to be worried about the safety of their expensive devices. To flat out answer the question, no your warranty is not in danger. Officially, and when on the record, apple states that it will not honor the warranty of a device that has been jailbroken because it has been modified in a way that they did not authorize. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that apple doesn't like it for people to jailbreak their device and if you bring a jailbroken device into an apple store the geniuses will say they can't help you because it has been jailbroken and then take the next person in line. BUT, and here is the beauty of jailbroken devices, reversing and removing a jailbreak is probably about 10 times easier than jailbreaking it in the first place.
To reverse and remove a jailbreak, all you have to do is connect your iphone to your computer, load up iTunes, and select "restore" under your firmware's device. And almost like magic iTunes backs up your phone and restores the original firmware with the default factory settings onto your phone and now when you bring it into an apple store the employees will have no way of knowing that it has been jailbroken, and then unjailbroken and your warranty will be 100% honored. Yes, it may be annoying to have to jailbreak, unjailbreak, and then rejailbreak once you get your device back but if you're at all nervous just ask any of the millions of users who have gone through this process when bringing in their device to the apple store. I myself have done it many times and have never had any issues, in fact several apple store employees email us on a regular basis with questions, comments, and suggestions about jailbreaking so it's not as if it's a big deal, so long as you do it right.
If you're worried about reversing a jailbreak, checkout this video which shows you how to do the entire process in just a few clicks. Yes, it really is that easy:
Now onto another popular myth, this one is in regards to "bricking" your iphone. A bricked iphone refers into an iphone that has been turned into well, a brick. This term was coined for faulty jailbreaks gone bad that rendered the phone unusable and for several months there was no known fix. Some unfortunate people who didn't do the jailbreak right or used bad jailbreaking techniques found that they pretty much had an expensive paper weight that apple refused to fix due to the "void warranty" issue. These days ios and even the jailbreaks that exploit have become much, much more reliable and bricking your iphone is impossible because as you saw earlier if a jailbreak does go bad, you can easily restore your iphone via iTunes with a few simple clicks and you're ready to try again. Really the only people who suffered from a bricked jailbreak where people who tried to use an iphone 2g jailbreak on an iphone 3g or perhaps a jailbreak designed for older firmware that was being used on a newer version.
Another frequent cause of bricked iphones was faulty unlock hacks that were released, they weren't quite ready for release but for some reason or another people were desperate to jailbreak and unlock their phones and couldn't wait for an official release. These brave and eager people were the first victims of the fame bricked iphones, so much so that at one point you could go on ebay or craigslist and pick up bricked iphones that were "ruined" by the unlocking process for as little as $20. A few people, including myself, jumped on these $20 iphones knowing full well that a fix for the bricked iphones would be found and released and sure enough just days later they were fixed (thanks to iTunes) and sold for a nice profit. I even ended up keeping one as backup and another to give to my brother as a Christmas gift. Today as long as you follow the detailed guides available here then you'll have no problems with your jailbreak and you certainly won't brick your phone, we actually tried to do it on purpose by using a iphone 3.x jailbreak on an ipad and the jailbreak wouldn't allow it, stating this wasn't the correct device so these days it's almost fail proof. And if for some reason you do somehow manage to brick your iphone, a quick restore in iTunes as shown in the youtube video above will solve all your problems.
Is Jailbreaking Legal?
Another common myth we hear about is in regards to the legality of jailbreaking, while we certainly aren't lawyers we can say with 100% certainty that yes, jailbreaking any device you own is 100% legal. I know you're thinking "but wait, I thought you guys said you weren't lawyers" and yes, thats still true but you don't need to be a lawyer to read U.S. court rulings, especially the one that spoke exclusively about iphone jailbreaks and unlocks:
In plain English terms, ever since the major copyright overhaul laws were passed in 1998 the library of congress has been in charge of reviewing exemptions to those laws every 3 years. The reason for this is because as I'm sure you know technology is always changing and so are the needs of modern society. In 2010 it was time for another exemption review and one of the exemptions that passed was the right for consumers to modify their cellular devices however they'd like which would include things like ios jailbreaking and unlocking to allow an iphone to be used on any carrier. Thats not to say that apple has to support jailbreaks, or even leave the jailbreaks and unlocks in tact whenever they release a firmware update. It just means that nobody, apple and your phone carrier included, can bring legal action against you for merely jailbreaking or unlocking a device that you own. So feel free to jailbreak and unlock as you see fit, you have 100% legal protection.
Jailbreaking & Itunes
Another popular myth is about being able to access iTunes, we're not too sure where this myth originated from but since we're on a myth busting spree we might as well bust it too. Whenever you jailbreak an iphone or any other type of device there is no way for apple to know it's jailbroken simply by connecting it or updating it via iTunes And even if there was a way for them to detect if your iphone was jailbroken I highly doubt they would block it or disable your access to iTunes since there are millions of jailbroken devices and because it generates so much revenue for them. All the music and apps that you purchased through the iTunes store will still be on your phone and will still be 100% functional after you jailbreak your device. Everything, including checking for and applying updates for apps or take advantage of apples new "cloud" feature will continue to work as well.
The whole iTunes myth also ties in with another myth which states that if you jailbreak, you won't be able to update your firmware. This is kind of true, but it's mostly false. If you're still reading this, hopefully you remember the part where we went over how ios hackers find loop holes in the ios operating system that allow them to jailbreak the firmware by uploading custom code onto the phone. Well every time apple releases a new firmware update they almost always plug these security holes which cause the jailbreak to be removed from the phone once the update is complete. Lets say for example that you're currently using ios version 4.3.2 and are jailbroken, apple decides to release version 4.3.3 which fixes the security hole that allowed the jailbreak to take place. Once the update is finished, you'll see that the jailbreak has been removed and if you try to use a jailbreak designed for version 4.3.2 on version 4.3.3 then it won't work.
So in that sense, no you wouldn't be able to update your firmware the same day it's released because you won't be able to rejailbreak it until ios hackers find a new hole in the latest version and update the jailbreaks to work on the new version. Luckily, in most cases the new jailbreaks are available within a matter of days after apple releases a new version so you'll never have to wait more than a week maximum in order to jailbreak the new ios version. What most people do is simply stay with their current version of ios that is jailbroken and then wait a few days until the new version is jailbroken and then they update. Since most of the ios updates are small and only fix minor bugs that 99% of the population wouldn't notice there is no danger or risk to your phone by delaying the update for a few days. Some people even decide to stay with older ios versions such as 4.2.1 or even 4.1 which are over a year old since the phone continues to function absolutely fine without updating.
Thats about all we have for jailbreaking truths and myths but if you come across one that we didn't cover here free to email us and we'll try to answer it here. To sum it all up, jailbreaking really doesn't take away anything from your iphone or reduce your ability to use it. Everything that you can do on your iphone now you'll be able to do after you jailbreak it, except after the jailbreak you'll be able to do much, much more and have a lot more freedom with your device.
How Jailbreaking Is Done
The entire jailbreak process is actually very easy and it only take a few minutes even for somebody who has never done it before. The first step is to make sure that you backup all your data, settings, files, and firmware version. You can easily do this via iTunes with the "backup" option that should be shown under your device once it has been connected to your computer. Backing up is important because if for some reason the jailbreak process goes wrong or you accidentally download the wrong jailbreak for your phone you can easily undo the changes and restore the phone as if the jailbreak never even happened. It also helps you in case you ever need to bring your phone into the apple store as discussed above so that they don't know you jailbroke your phone and will honor your devices warranty.
After you have safely backed up everything you'll now want to download the proper jailbreak for your version of ios. This is probably the hardest part, but it's not very hard it all. The most important thing you to keep in mind is that you download the right jailbreak for the firmware that is currently installed on your phone. Here at jailbreak-iphone.net we list everything in the members area in a very organized manner so that it's easy to see which jailbreak is right for your version. If you download the wrong jailbreak then there is nothing to worry about because you'll simply get a small error box saying that this isn't the proper jailbreak version, this is a safety measure thats put into the jailbreaks to make sure people avoid temporarily "bricking" their phones as we discussed earlier. But if for some reason you do download the wrong version, and it does install itself on your phone and causes it to be bricked you can simply restore the backup from step 1 and your phone will be good as new again and fully functional, which again highlights why it's important to backup your iphone before jailbreaking it.
Once the proper jailbreak version has been downloaded for your firmware you'll want to connect your iphone into the computer and wait for iTunes to discover it so you can be sure it's connected properly. The jailbreaks don't use iTunes at all for the jailbreak but this is to ensure that the connecting is active and in a functional state. Once the device is recognized on iTunes you can launch the jailbreak software which will guide you through the process of jailbreaking on the screen. At first you'll want to make sure your phone is in your hand because with most jailbreaks you are required to hold down the home button and power button for 10 seconds to put the phone into whats called recovery mode.
This is a special mode which allows the custom jailbreak code to be uploaded into your phone so it can be jailbroken, as we discussed earlier in this guide the custom code takes advantage of the security holes so that it can apply the jailbreak While the iphone is being jailbroken you may see it flash the apple logo, a jailbreak logo (such as a green raindrop) or it may reboot a few times. This is completely normal and is a part of the jailbreak process, during this process you should leave your phone untouched and allow the software to complete the jailbreak process on its own, this can take anywhere from 2 minutes to as much as 15 minutes depending on which firmware and jailbreak you're using. Disconnecting the device or rebooting it manually will only make it take longer and could cause the jailbreak to fail.
If after 30 minutes you don't see any activity on your phone or are unable to go to your home screen or even reboot it then there is a good chance that something went wrong with the jailbreak process. Don't panic, sometimes computers and programs freeze and cause errors but this is why I stressed the importance of backing up your firmware before you jailbreak. If something did go wrong just power it down, plug it into your computer, and then power it back up. Itunes will see the device and from there you can choose the "restore" option to return your iphone to the way it was before you attempted the jailbreak. Once your iphone is restored you'll want to double check and make sure that you downloaded the proper jailbreak for the the right firmware of your phone and try the process again.
If the jailbreak succeeds then you should be able to boot up the phone and go to your home screen, there you'll see a brand new icon called "Cydia". If you see it, then that means the jailbreak was a complete success and you can now go about using your iphone as you normally would. As for Cydia, this app is included with just about every jailbreak and it's the way you get around the limitations put in place by apple and the cell phone carriers. Cydia acts as a 3rd party app store where you can download various apps that will allow you to do a very wide range of things. Most of the apps are free but like iTunes there are also a few premium apps which cost a few bucks.
With cydia you can download apps such as installous, which will allow you to get access to a wide range of premium and paid apps for free without having to buy them via iTunes From there you'll also be able to install apps that allow you to customize your phone and its settings, such as winterboard. Cydia is basically the jailbreak gateway and with it, you can do just about anything you want with your iphone.
And there you have it, you have now officially jailbroken your phone. Remember that whatever you were able to do on your phone before jailbreaking you'll still be able to do after jailbreaking, it's just that you'll have more options and features on your phone. Also keep in mind that because apple almost always patches jailbreaks whenever they release a new version of ios that if you do decide to update right away you could be without your jailbreak for a few days until the ios hackers come up with a new jailbreak for the new version of ios. It's always a good idea to wait a few days before updating so that you can constantly have a jailbroken phone without any gaps.
Well that does it, I hope you enjoyed reading this guide about iphone jailbreaking and if you have any questions feel free to email us and ask us something and we'll try and answer it either here in this article or via a blog post.
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09.06.11 - 9:33 AM Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend! Now, onto business. I consider this to be more of a hobby and informational site than a mac/iphone rumor site but when one of our readers sent us the following email and screenshot I knew I just had to post it. Now this isn't as juicy as a leaked iphone 5 picture but I find it interesting none the less. A guy (or maybe gal?) who guys by the name "Fr0zen Citrus" sent us an email with a screenshot their roommate took on Friday night:
When the iPhone was first released it was only available on a single carrier in the United States, and that was AT&T. At the time the deal was made it made perfect sense, the iPhone was a very advanced when compared to all the dumb phones or "feature phones" that were available at the time and that type of technology doesn't come cheap. Since AT&T was the nations largest cell phone carrier and a international conglomerate with it's fingers in everything telecom they were the ideal partner for Apple who wanted to make it's phones "affordable" by subsidizing with a 2 year contract. The phones really weren't that affordable after being subsidized but still much more affordable than if you were to outright buy the phone without the contract which made it easier for consumer to take the financial hit and as a result secured apple as a force to be reckoned with in the mobile world.
Of course that deal with AT&T came with it's own set of problems, I'm not going to bore you with the details because you already know the saga of slow speeds, spotty reception, and dropped calls but aside from that it also created a very limited market for apple. If you wanted the iphone then you had absolutely no choice but to go with AT&T, even if they had horrible service in your area. As a result people who really wanted to get an iphone, couldn't even buy one unless they just wanted an enhanced ipod. But apple is smart, they knew about the problems with AT&T and even without those problems they knew that if they wanted to expand on their market share they would need to step their game up and expand out to other carriers so more people could at least have the option of an iphone.
Fast forward a few years and rumors start flying about apple talking with verizon, at first everybody assumed that this meant the iphone would be coming to verizon, even the big wall street analysts were predicting this and apple's stock soared (even further) on the rumors. Well it turned out that those talks had nothing to do with the iphone but instead focused on verizon selling the ipad through it's stores and retail partners. Some people were bummed out but looking back the decision to bring the ipad over to verizon was a pretty big deal for apple and verizon because it was the first time the two giants really agreed about anything. It's well known and documented that both of these companies are control freaks but with the verzion/ipad marriage they finally realized that in order to get a little, they had to give a little.
I won't bad mouth apple, I love them, but I tend to agree with the general anti-apple consensus (just on this issue) that apple needed to be humbled and realize that it can't deal with every carrier in the way they dealt with AT&T if they wanted to be the #1 mobile hardware company in the world, especially with the hundred billion dollar gorilla, google, is trying to blow the house down with it's andoid platform. Which leads me to my next point, google's android mobile OS. I don't care if you love apple or hate them, there is one thing you can't deny and that is that android is growing at a very rapid rate and it's even possible that in the near future android activations will outpace ios activations and eventually put it over the top, at least in the United States.
Apple knows this, it's business development team knows this, and it's investors know this. They also know that one of the areas where google is experiencing the most growth with it's android platform is on the lower end of the smart phone spectrum. It's no secret that everybody loves smart phones, but not everyone is willing or sometimes able to shell out the big bucks for a 2 year contract at $100 per month and still a $100 - $200 charge for a subsidized iphone or android phone. The smartphone market in the prepaid segment is still small and young but with technology advancing and becoming faster, smaller, and cheaper it was only a matter of time before they would become practical.
For the past year and half or so google has been reaping the benefits of this quickly growing market, since their operating system is open source and phone manufacturers are free to modify it to fit their needs the prepaid hardware makers have been rapidly dumping their development costly feature phone operating systems for the convenience and flexibility of android on their lower end phones and consumers on their part have been buying them up left and right. So much so that it wasn't that long ago when the virgin mobile optimus v (a remake of the optimus s for sprint) retail stores such as best buy, radio shack, and target were struggling to keep up with the growing demand for the devices.
That may not sound so exciting but keep this in mind, these phones are not being subsidized through contracts. People are shelling out $200 and in the case of virgin mobile and their motorola triumph, $300 for the phones and in return are receiving 300 minutes and unlimited data + text for $35 per month. At those rates even I'm tempted to ditch my iphone and hop back on to the android platform, even though I don't feel it's as great as the IOS platform but $35 per month is basically 1/4th of what I'm paying now on contract for another year and a half.
At the moment the only prepaid carriers explicitly offering android devices are metro pcs and virgin mobile with AT&T and t-mobile (and their countless MVNO operators) offering prepaid plans that are simply "compatible" with andoroid phones but don't let this low adoption rate fool you, credible news reports show that each and every one of the major prepaid carriers are interested in carrying a lower end android phone to offer their customers with LG heavily vested in developing and pitching them to the various prepaid carriers in the US.
So where does this leave us with the iPhone? For as long as I can remember apple products have been marketed and sold with a little bit of prestige and exclusivity attached to them. Everything from the commercials and voiceover work, to the packaging and even the stores where you go to buy the products exude luxury, prestige, and exclusivity. For the past decade when things that we now use everyday such as mp3 players or cell phones with 4 inch screens were considered luxurious tech toys I think this marketing approach made the most sense but I'm not so sure that it's the best way going forward.
Don't get me wrong, apple doesn't need to change it's marketing or devalue it's brand, it's absolutely perfect the way it is. But what they do need to change is the availability of their products, especially the iphone and ipad. These days every tech manufacturer is tripping over themselves to get into the mutli billion dollar mobile hardware game and because ios is exclusive to apple they have one of two choices, either spend the millions of dollars to develop, test, deploy, and provide support for their own operating system and pray that programmers and app developers learn the language it's coded in, or skip all that and go with the open source android platform that already has an established user base and fully developed app market. It's not hard to guess which one they would choose.
And again, apple knows all this. If some random blogger like me can tell you this, then their business development team has known this since day 1. So when will it happen? When will you be able to walk into a retailer, buy an iphone for $200 - $300 off contract and pay $40 a month for your service? Honestly I don't think we'll have to wait long and while I know many people are already rolling their eyes let me explain.
When smartphones and blackberry devices first hit the scene prepaid phones were still stuck in the dinosaur ages, 5 years ago if you wanted a prepaid phone your only real options where a generic nokia "brick" or tiny flip phone with a 8 hour standby time. During that same time the original iphone (iphone v1) was sporting some of the most advanced mobile technology the world had seen, such as a 4gb drive, 2G internet speeds and threaded SMS messaging. Today those same advanced smartphones are sporting dual 1ghz processors, 8mp cameras, 1080p video recording, and of course high speed 4g internet.
The high end smart phones are shattering through ceilings every day, and the low end smart phones being sold on the prepaid market are getting themselves off of the floor. Take a look at one of the more popular prepaid android phones, the motoroloa triumph which sports a 1ghz processor, a 5mp camera, 720p video recording, HDMI out, and 3g connection speeds, all for $35 per month off contract with unlimited data and text at a $300 price point and motorola and their retailer partners can't keep up with the demand.
I don't like it when people try to compare android phones vs iphone because there is only 1 iphone while there are countless android phones, but I'm going to break my own rule and do it. With those specs from the motorola triumph, I'd say it's safe to compare it to an iphone 3gs, at least when comparing them on paper. In regards to the cost, according to a report published in 2009 by businessweek, we know that back then that each iphone 3gs cost apple $189 to make, today that number is surely lower (i'd estimate as much as half) so it's not like this would be a loss leader product for apple if they sold it to a similar price as the motorola triumph at $300.
So we know that demand isn't the issue because prepaid android phones are flying off the shelf, we know that the cost isn't going to be a roadblock because technology keeps getting better and cheaper, we know, that apple knows, they need to be in more markets as they've confirmed in recent investor conference calls. Then we have apple's latest moves which left some apple rumor aficionado's a bit confused, apple is now offering the option of buying a factory unlocked iphone (so you could use it on any carrier, prepaid included) in the United States. To me all these signs point to a lower end iphone that would be made available to the prepaid market at a one off price in the $200 to $300 range.
Jailbroken and unlocked iphones are already running wild on tmobile's prepaid plans and walmart's straight talk (AT&T MVNO) and with 4g evolving I don't think carriers would mind "leaving the 3g scraps" so to speak to the prepaid plans. Obviously all of this is pure speculation but if apple wants to be #1 then they already know they will have to expand into other markets that they might have ignored as recently as 3 years ago. Sure they might lose a little bit of the prestige and exclusivity factor but I think the gains made by adding millions of prepaid users in the United States would outweight any losses....
At first I found it kind of odd that people kept asking us this question but once I did some research into this myth it all made more sense. We probably get this one at least once a week, sometimes more, especially during new firmware releases. For those of you who aren't aware of the myth it goes like this, some people seem to think that if you jailbreak your iphone or any other idevice with GPS service that you will lose your GPS signal. This is flat out untrue, for the most part that is.
For starts jailbreaking ios itself doesn't interfere with your GPS, nothing in any of the jailbreaks available indicate that any GPS settings are edited or modified during the jailbreak process. But when you can start to run into problems with GPS is when you take it a step further and decide to unlock your iphone such as when you want to use a different cell phone provider instead of AT&T or Verizon. The unlocking process modifies your phones baseband firmware and a few other settings on the phones modem, which is responsible for managing your phone's reception for phone calls, internet, and yes the GPS service as well.
When these settings are changed and the firmware is modified it's only natural that the device won't work exactly the way it did before, and with some early iphone unlock hacks (such as those seen in v4.2.1 and 4.0.1) there was some faulty code that would cause the GPS signal to do some whacky things but those errors were later fixed in new releases. If you are having trouble with your unlocked iphone and it's GPS you'll want to make sure that you have the proper jailbreak for your iphone version as well as the firmware. Rejailbreaking and reunlocking your phone will most likely correct any errors you are seeing.
If it doesn't fix it, send us an email detailing which phone you're using as well as your firmware and baseband versions and we'll see if we can dig in deeper and find a solution or workaround for this problem...