Should You Jailbreak Your iPhone?

July 27th, 2010

iphoneYour iPhone may have just received an official pardon from the U.S. Government. Jailbreaking and unlocking phones has been possible for years, but also illegal. Not anymore.

The new ruling comes directly from the Library of Congress. After reviewing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, they decreed jailbreaking legal (for mobile devices, anyway) and gave more freedom to phone owners everywhere.

What Is Jailbreaking?

Have you ever wanted an app but discovered it was incompatible with your phone? You probably wondered if there was anything you could do about it. Until recently the answer was no, at least from a legal perspective, but now that has changed.

Jailbreaking involves hacking your iPhone so it will run any type of app, regardless of the manufacturer. There are several high-tech apps people can’t run unless their phone is jailbroken. These apps have been available through websites that were only visited by “those in the know” but now they can be obtained and installed legally.

Any Downsides?

According to Apple, even though jailbreaking your iPhone is suddenly permissible, it’s still not a good idea. Natalie Harrison, a spokesperson for Apple, claims that jailbreaking an iPhone can cause it to “become unstable and not work reliably.”

On top of that, the jailbreaking process is likely to violate the phone’s warranty, so if anything goes wrong you’re on your own for repairs. In a worst-case scenario, however, phone owners do have an easy way out. Plugging your phone into iTunes allows you to restore the device to its original settings.

Taking It Even Further

After jailbreaking your iPhone, there is more you can do. iPhone users are generally relegated to the AT&T network, but people who unlock their phone can choose any GSM network. This new ruling may open a whole new world of competition.

T-Mobile is the only other GSM network in the United States, but there are many more throughout the world. Unlocking an iPhone will allow people to use an international network when they travel. This could save them quite a lot of money from roaming fees.

There’s Always A However

Every owner has the right to unlock their iPhone, but experts warn that the process is rather tricky. It is very easy to damage or destroy your phone. If anything goes wrong, there is no way to bring it back to life. Hackers beware.

iPhone fans who want more freedom over their mobile devices cheer the decision to legalize jailbreaking. They feel it is their right to do whatever they want with their own phones, and are willing to accept the potential consequences. What do you think? Will you be jailbreaking or unlocking your iPhone? Leave us a comment to share your thoughts, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders People Search blog.

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