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Jailbreaking – The Who, What, Where, When & Why

If you have an iPhone, somewhere somehow you have either read about, or talked with someone that has Jailbroke their iPhone and told you all about how great it is to to be able to use Facetime over 3G or the most popular reason a lot of people jailbreak their iPhone, tethering. Or maybe you just want to do the simple things you miss since moving on from say a Windows Mobile device, like change your theme. If these are things you have thought about, but never were comfortable with, then we got some more good news for you. I was able to twist P1Tater’s arm a little and get him to explain (way better than I could) how to jail break your iPhone. P1Tater breaks  it all down in three parts in our forums and will have you ready to Jailbreak if you want, or at least educate you a lot more about the process. So here is what you need to do:

  1. Head on over to our forums and register! CLICK HERE
  2. Head on over to our brand new iPhone Forum located HERE.
  3. Then first read P1Taters Glossary of Terms for the iPhone. Great read and primer.
  4. Second, read Jailbreaking: The Who, What, Where, When & Why
  5. Third, read Cydia – What is it and how to use it
  6. And last, post a thank you to P1Tater, Saurik, Comex, and Geohot for all of their hard work.

A lot of hard work went into the Jailbreaking and P1Tater writing this all up for us and the Mobility Digest Community. If you have any questions be sure to post them or share your experience for others to learn from. As P!Tater states, there is some risk in Jailbreaking your iPhone, so you do so at your own risk. P1Tater and Mobility Digest are not liable for any damages.

Here is a teaser on some of what you will find:

Jailbreaking: The Who, What, Where, When & Why

To start with, when you purchase one of the iProducts, you humbly submit the fate of that device to Apple. They control what Apps you can install, which of the hardware functions you can modify and even which carrier you can use that iProduct with. Recently, they have loosened the noose up on one, yes just one, of those fronts, expanding on the types of apps that are available in the App store. However, many, if not most, of the same restrictions still apply. Do you want to install an app that Apple has not completely approved? Not gonna happen. Want to use an app over 3G that has been dedicated for use only with Wi-Fi, such as Facetime? Dream on. Want to tether your phone, change device theme, run apps in the background, and install gestures? Are you crazy?

Well, enter the jailbreak solution to ease your troubles. In technical terms, jailbreaking your iPhone is to enable that device to run programs or system mod’s that have not been pre-approved by the Apple God’s. In the beginning, there was not even an App store but a group of hackers (I prefer the label "open minded genius’") that were able to identify some exploits that gave everyone the ability to install apps by way of the underground app store called Installer. However, Jailbreaking has become harder due to Apple closing one exploit after another trying to real back in their control. Yes, I’m not a fan of Apple’s attempt to control anything and everything that pertains to their devices.