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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.

Yahoo News wrote:

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 Laughing.

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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...

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Re: You Can Now Jailbreak Your iPhone Legally

I always wondered, when you take a jailbroken iphone into a t-mobile or verizon to activate on their service, they don't say 'this is illegal, can't do it', or something similar? And if you activate an iPhone on one of those services, does everything appwise still work? I thought the other networks technically weren't compatible with the way the iPhone transfers data?


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Re: You Can Now Jailbreak Your iPhone Legally

I'm not sure that you have to take the unlocked iPhone into T-Mobile to activate it. I think a lot of people sign up for Sidekick plans or prepaid. To use an iPhone on T-Mo's network you have to go to settings and turn off 3G then it will work. T-Mo is very aware that iPhone are on there network. A while back there was a change of some sort that broke voicemail for iPhone users and T-Mo fixed it for them. So they know and more or less offer support for these illegally (now legally) unlocked devices.

It's funny how we needed official clearance to jailbreak our iPhones. Imagine buying a new computer and being told you can't install software that Windows or Apple or Linux etc did not approve of. Imagine not being able to install a new operating system if you wanted to. It's mind blowing and it seems the only right thing to do is force Apple to allow unsigned software to be able to be installed without the need to jailbreak. If I'm willing to accept the consequences they should let me do it.

Keep in mind that just because it's now legal to jailbreak don't think Apple won't continue to release updates that break our jailbreaks.

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Yea, I agree, just like you buy a car and you're allowed to put whatever part into it that you want. It'll be cool when they finally figure out how to get the iPhone on the Verizon network. Service-wise Verizon's been too good to jump ship to a crappier service just for an iPhone. I've played with them a bit (actually an iPod touch, and an Android phone) and they're real nice, but so far I'm perfectly happy with my good old Chocolate 2, Laughing.


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Service-wise Verizon's been too good to jump ship to a crappier service

After Defcon I can tell you that Verizon is the safest most secure network.

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Re: You Can Now Jailbreak Your iPhone Legally

Rumor has is thet Verizon & T-mobile will both start making micro sim cards for I-Phone Currently iPhone 4 has the newest jailbreak & carrier unlock and you need a micro sim card for it to work I do know you can flash a at&t sime card to work currently (VERY risky & not sure the legality but people have done it ) I have pesonally flashed my t-mobile sim card to another in the past (not a micro sim card )

Tmobile in Portland,Oregon now has an "iPhone Plan " $67.50 ( per month) for unlimited everything including Tethering with internet !

beats AT&T's $199 with 2GB of data per month !

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Re: You Can Now Jailbreak Your iPhone Legally

I guess Apple hates people reverse-engineering their products. I mean, we DON'T pay for jailbreaking an iPhone.

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