Jailbreaking your iPhone, the joys

When i said I had gotten a 3GS, Chuck suggested keeping my 2G as an unlocked phone for international travel. My first thought was how do I unlock, not being a phone hacker much.

I spent a little time this past weekend jailbreaking, and unlocking my iPhone 2G, and it’s rekindled my love of the jailbreak. Back when I first got my iTouch, before even owning an iPhone I jailbroke my iTouch every OS release.

Since getting my iPhone, i kinda of fell out of practice, and realize what I’ve been missing.

Jailbreaking adds so much useful, fun, and cool stuff to your iPhone, it makes you realize how crippling Apple is. Of course if you’re not a star trek nerd, this won’t be as impressive, but it definitely shows the potential.

I’ve had no problem with my phone since the break, and never had problems with my iTouch. Anecdotally, my 3GS spontaneously rebooted when I loaded a game.

I’m seriously thinking about jailbreaking my 3GS now. There’s just so much you can do.

Some is small stuff of little consequence like themes. but other is stuff like qik which enabled me to stream the Coor’s Field fireworks from the 4th of July from my iPhone

You can argue stability, blah blah blah. but I’ve never found the exisitng iPhone OS 100% stable either, so that’s a fairly spurious argument. It’s surely a matter of personal taste, but having been re-introduced to the possibilities a jailbroken iPhone possesses, I’m finding that it’s very tempting to make that leap on my main phone.

Overall I think the jailbreaking community is definitely on to something and seems to be really becoming mainstream. It was pretty cool to load up Cydia and see the store that was announced at 360|iDev in March. Saurik and crew have done an awesome job. They’re bringing a level of choice and control to the iPhone that Apple has taken away from us. As a consumer I can’t fault with that at all.

By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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