What are the pros and cons of jailbreaking my iPhone?

I know it voids the warranty, but what are the other pros and cons?

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 9, 2011 at 19:35

Pro's? You can install non-Apple apps - many of which offer functionality that you can otherwise not enjoy - from themes, to (some degree of) Flash support to easier filetransfer without having to rely on the rather bloated iTunes...

The bad? Apple's jailcell protect's the phone's root from naughty apps and malware. Jailbreaking opens up that protected file system. Also, while Apple's ass is on the line when they allow an app into the appstore and onto your phone, quality control for non approved apps is iffy. And when you 'brick' your jailbreaked iPhone it may be a bit harder to restore it.
As to the warranty: I had two bricked iPhones, both jailbreakedn and both were fixed under warranty although they most definitely knew I had jailbreaked them. That is not to say that they'll always let you get away with it, but unless you get very bold, you shouldn't worry too much. Often, if you need a repair, you'll be able to restore it before you take it back to the shop.

alanino64  Mar. 10, 2011 at 11:44

Wouldnt buy Apple full stop.

mungylee  Mar. 10, 2011 at 12:01

pros: 95% of the apps available on the appstore, you can download for free.

Cons: could 'brick' phone, although i believe a restore should fix that

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 10, 2011 at 12:04

mungytee?????????? What do you mean '95% of the apps free'? Cydia?

mungylee  Mar. 10, 2011 at 13:05

If you download 'installous' from cydia. You can download practically any app thats on the appstore.

You need to install 'appsync' from cydia first though. Follow this, it takes about 2 minutes.

Stelph  Mar. 10, 2011 at 13:50

I really hate that Jailbraking is connected in any way to pirating of apps, developers have spent a lot of time and effort in creating these apps and is it so much to ask that you pay a small amount (sometimes only 80 pence) to show your appreciation??

Anyway, back to the original point, I am a big fan of jailbreaking as it allows you to enjoy using iOS and "fix" some of the more annoying faults that it has, for example here is what I have installed on my iPhone

Bitesms - A great app that replaces the SMS and means that you can read and reply in the notification that pops up without having to close what you were doing and switch app

Lockscreeninfo - Allows you to add information to the lockscreen so you can quickly see what notifications you have/upcoming appointments ect

SBSettings - Which allows you to quickly access some settings menus by swiping at the top of the screen (so to turn off wifi, just swipe and press the button, much easier!)

WeatherIcon - displays the live weather ontop of the usual weather app (so rather than the standard image it shows what the actual weather is!)

TV Tube Sleep - Very geeky but my fave, it replicates the Gingerbread sleep animation where it turns off like

Also jailbreaking doesn't affect your warranty, if you should need to return it to Apple then a restore through iTunes returns it to stock


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