If you have a iPhone or a iPod then you have probably heard about jailbreaking. Most will tell you that doing this is considered illegal, or at least Apple will tell you that. Well a ruling just came down from the courts saying it is legal to jailbreak your phone.
Jailbreaking — the practice of unlocking a phone (and particularly an iPhone) so it can be used on another network and/or run other applications than those approved by Apple — has technically been illegal for years. Most jailbroken phones are used on the U.S. T-Mobile network or on overseas carriers, or are used to run applications that Apple refuses to sell, such as Safari ad-blocking apps, alternate keyboard layouts, or programs that change the interface to the iPhone's SMS system and the way its icons are laid out.
While technically illegal, no one has been sued or prosecuted for the practice. (Apple does seriously frown on the practice, and jailbreaking your phone will still void your warranty.) It’s estimated that more than a million iPhone owners have jailbroken their handsets.
Apple fought hard against the legalization, arguing that jailbreaking was a form of copyright violation. The FCC disagreed, saying that jailbreaking merely enhanced the inter-operability of the phone, and was thus legitimate under fair-use rules.
I kinda laughed when I read this partly because I never knew it was considered "illegal" to begin with. Now I do know that it will void your warranty if they catch you but if you're smart you just unjailbreak it if you have a issue with the iphone or ipod. My son had a ipod 64 and its jailbroken and he loves it that way. In my opinion if you buy it you should be allowed to do as you want, but then we are talking about Apple here so .
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If you're not familiar with jailbreaking it allows you to customize your phone how you want it. You can also get more apps (the unapproved apple ones) and you can unlock it to use on other carriers. Here is a picture of a iphone jailbroken, notice it doesn't look the same...