Jailbreaking and What It Means

While jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone may seem like a possibly good idea, you probably have many questions regarding this topic.  We’ll try to cover some of the basics here to help you determine whether these are options you might like to pursue.

We’ll talk about jailbreaking first as it can be the more daunting topic.  In basic terms, jailbreaking allows the installation of third party applications on the Apple iPhone.  These are applications that have not been officially approved by Apple.  While technically these applications may contain malicious material, many of them appear to run quite safely on jailbroken iPhones.

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Many people have wrongly assumed that jailbreaking is illegal, but the action of jailbreaking an iPhone was officially ruled legal under the DCMA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) of 2010.  You no longer have to worry about whether Apple can take legal action against you if you choose to exercise your option to Jailbreak.

While the above paragraph is true, there is a point to be made that should give you pause before making a decision.  Even though the action is legal, it is discouraged by Apple and technically it will void your warranty.  Apple representatives are within their rights to refuse to service a jailbroken device as jailbreaking violates Apple’s Terms of Service.  It has been widely reported that whether they agree to service your iPhone or not can vary based on which Apple representative you happen to see when you step into the Apple store, but many people have chosen not to take the risk.

Unlocking is in many ways a less complicated issue.  Apple actually sells a version of the iPhone directly that comes from the factory unlocked.  What this means is that you can use the iPhone on any cellular network via the use of a SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) card.

If your phone did not come from the factory unlocked and you can use a SIM card in your model (the Verizon version of the iPhone 4 cannot), you may choose to unlock your phone so that you can use another cellular service provider.  It is important to note that your phone must be jailbroken before it can be unlocked.

We provide both services at our store and our specially trained professionals in the industry are always happy to answer any of your questions.  Call or drop by, we are always available to address your cellphone concerns.