US government legalizes iPhone 'jailbreaking,' unlocking

The U.S. government on Monday announced new rules that make it officially legal for iPhone owners to "jailbreak" their device and run unauthorized third-party applications. In addition, it is now acceptable to unlock any cell phone for use on multiple carriers.

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SupaGamer3068d ago

I wonder if this effects the PS3 and what it's implication for portable systems might be.

Not that many people weren't doing this anyway.

WhittO3067d ago (Edited 3067d ago )

Ye PS3 is yet to be hacked isnt it?

Anyway, I don't know how the Govt can FORCE apple to let people hack their own products and illegally bypass their own App store to include un-apporved apps.

It's not like the only option is to buy Apple products, then it's a different story, but I think if people want/choose apple products, it should be up to apple what people can/can't do with it.
If Apple own/run the App store, they should be allowed to say what is on it, if they don't want porn in their App store that is their choice.

If not, just go and buy Android or something.

PSP must be next? Hacking that allows for games to be installed etc...which is illegal..

njr3067d ago

Nonetheless, it is a good day for iphone owners.

Darkstorn3067d ago

This is good news. Apple's profit margin needs to come down eventually, and this is without a doubt a consumer friendly decision.

NecrumSlavery3067d ago

I jailbroke my phone when it was at 3.0

I ran a plethora of great apps that puts anything apple has to shame. i never really bothered with bootleg files, other than a demo of chinatown wars. i loved having a dynamic pipboy theme too. that's initially why i did it, plus being able to use a 3G as a video recorder, and a snes/nes emulator to play some of the roms that i had available.

then i updated it and it shit the bed, reset everything on me. i haven't bothered since. but if it's truly legal to do it, i'll break it again. a jail broken 3G on v3.0 runs ten times better and has 50k more available programs than any other iphone on the v4.0

TheBand1t3067d ago

While I'm no fan of Apple, why do their profits -need- to go down? Unless I'm mistaken, the point of a company is to make as much profit as possible.

beardpapa3067d ago (Edited 3067d ago )

I would think allowing jailbreaking to be legal would increase their profits since more people will learn of this and demand for iPhone would increase. People who jailbreak 'obviously' knows of hackulos and teens know many ways of acquiring apps for 'free' thru forums. it's as easy as googling jailbreak + iPhone + apps + ipa.

this isn't really a consumer friendly decision. it'll just add to the confusion when newbie jail breakers start bricking their devices or complain about a restore necessary for OS updates.

it is only a friendly decision for techies, but not for the majority out there that never heard of spirit or jailbreak.

Darkstorn3067d ago


Unsustainable profit margins can be disastrous if there is an immediate decrease in revenue or stock value (or both). It is better for a corporation to lower their profit margins as a result of a minor mistake than to overreach and destroy their company (and their worker's pensions in the process).

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jaredhart3068d ago

Weird that it's not illegal anymore.


as long as its not illegal im not interested :D good article though

xX TriiCKy Xx3067d ago

On the bright side, I can no longer be arrested for the millions of things I've done on my iPod because of jailbreaking it.

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