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iPhone Jailbreak Legalized! 6 Key Questions Answered

by David Knowles
Let freedom ring!

On Monday, the federal government announced that iPhone users are now legally permitted to “jailbreak” their phones and upload app programs not officially sanctioned by Apple.

A jailbreak consists of overriding preset software locks put in place on iPhones to control what applications, or cell phone carrier, can be used on the devices. Apple tightly controls which apps it sells to customers and has an exclusive carrier agreement with AT&T. Jailbreaking a phone offers a variety of new functionality, including new Internet browsers (say good-bye to Safari) and using the phone as a mobile modem for other computing devices (tethering).

Previously, jailbreakers had to rely on patches created by hackers to do this, all the while with Apple warning that the method was illegal and voided the company’s warranty.

But not anymore! The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress announced the changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act today, to the thunderous applause of iPhone owners everywhere. The Electronic Frontier Foundation had sought the changes since the first generation of iPhones back in 2007, to avoid litigation against jailbreaking iPhone users.

Several websites and YouTube videos provide step-by-step instruction on how to jailbreak an iPhone, including the iPhone 4, and millions of customers are believed to have done so. But just because something is legal, doesn’t mean you should do it. What are the risks and potential rewards of jailbreaking an iPhone? SurgeDesk takes a look:

1. Does Jailbreaking an iPhone Hurt the Phone?

Technically, it should not. Jailbreaking simply lets you upload content not officially approved by Apple. If software problems occur, one can always simply restore the factory presets to the phone. On the other hand, products sold on iTunes have been tested and approved for use, and some apps found at other sites may pose problems.

2. Does Jailbreaking Erase an iPhone’s Memory?

It depends on the method and program that you use to jailbreak your phone. Companies like QuickPwn have jailbreaking instructions that state how to avoid data loss, but not all do.

3. Does Jailbreaking Slow Down an iPhone?
Not on its own. However, according to reports from some users who have successfully completed jailbreaks of iPhones, the new, third-party programs that can be installed following the jailbreak can cause the OS software to run at a slower speed.

4. Does Jailbreaking Cost Anything?
No. There are a host of sites and free videos out there that show you how to jailbreak an iPhone for free, so you shouldn’t have to pay anyone for that service.

5. Does Jailbreaking Void an iPhone’s Warranty?
According to Apple iPhone Review, the answer is yes. But there are reports of customers who have altered their phones restoring the iTunes software, and going in and getting service done at Apple. Essentially, Apple will be a whole lot less sympathetic to future complaints if they know that you have performed a jailbreak.

6. What Are the Risks to Jailbreaking an iPhone?
Before the new government guidelines, Apple warned that it could abandon iPhone customers who unlocked their phones. While it is now perfectly legal for users to jailbreak their phones, Apple is still allowed to disable altered iPhones with software upgrades. Basically, if you’re going off of Apple’s grid, be prepared to stay off it.


Written by David Frederick

July 27, 2010 at 8:44 AM

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