[digg-me]… that seems to be the question. And no, to your dismay I may not have the answer. But I have put together this small guide that will hopefully help you find the answer on your path to iPhone glory and satisfaction.

Let’s start by discussing some reasons against jailbreaking, just so you’re not, not doing it for the wrong reason, make sense? Good, here we go.

It’s illegal.

Well, it is illegal. By jailbreaking your iPhone, you are actually infringing Apple‘s Copyrights on the iPhone firmware. Although the iPhone is yours, you are legally not supposed to touch any of the software. Besides, by installing non-Apple-approved software, you are violating both Apple and AT&T‘s TOS (Terms Of Service). The reality is, it’s about as “illegal” as downloading music off of Lime Wire or Bear share, which means the chances are greater for a snow storm in July, in Jamaica, than you getting caught, even further more in any kind of legal trouble for jailbreaking your iPhone.

What about messing my phone up or ‘bricking’ it?

It is in my experience that ‘bricking’ the iPhone is a term of the past. Used only in preliminary jailbreaking days when all of this territory was new and unexplored. I myself have seen several errors, an all black screen, an all white screen, and a busy icon for half an hour while trying to jailbreak my phone. I believe a quick restore either through iTunes or the holding down home+power reset process on the phone will take care of many problems you may incur.

Hacking an iPhone sounds complicated, I’m not that computer savvy.

Surely this one is up for debate. But I think most of us will agree that the process has become fairly simple. In fact, the premier jailbreaking program out right now QuickPwn (how to use QuickPwn guide here), has an easy to use GUI (graphical user interface), and takes literally 5 minutes. Leaps and bounds above the old command line hacking days. Completing this process not only opens up to free “App Stores” (Cydia and installer 4.0), but also can turn your phone into an easy to use portable hard drive, and give you the ability to install “cracked” apps. Cracked apps are applications in the Apple App Store that people have cracked and made available for download for free online.

Depending on your firmware of your iPhone (on your iPhone, go to ‘settings’, then ‘general’, and finally ‘about’, your firmware is listed next to ‘version’), you can Google the words “jailbreak my iPhone”, and find 1000’s of hits and tons of guides on how to do it. Maybe even try including your firmware in your google search to help narrow it down.

If the list above didn’t extinguish your fears of jailbreaking, then maybe it isn’t right for you. However, I love it, so if the features I use on my jailbroken phone listed below sound cool, you might lean toward the ‘to jailbreak’ scenario.

  • I can share files, information, and media between my phone without connecting any chords
  • I have hidden files, notes, and folders that you can only access from my laptop
  • I can try out any application I want for free, before I spend money at the Apple App Store (comes in handy for programs like Jaddu that are $24.99)
  • I can install 3rd party applications from Cydia and Installer (free) that aren’t available anywhere else
  • My $400.00 iPhone, now feels, like its worth $400.00

So to Jailbreak or not to Jailbreak can be answered with these little tips.

Jailbreak if:

  • You want to explore more options with your iPhone
  • You want to try some applications before you pay those hefty price tags
  • You want more games and cool software

Don’t Jailbreak if:

  • Your completely computer illiterate
  • Just think it’s cool your iPhone is a touch screen phone.
  • G money

    my iPhone back when I paid 600 buckaroos was a cool phone , and I like all that Apple has done with bringing us a cool phone/computer. The damn thing is already becoming a portable computer if you think about it! Where else can u download torrents ? iPhone =Bliss.

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  • Cody

    Cydia = cycorder, cycorder = great video, audio, and real time encoding, thus cycorder = best free video option. Definately should’ve added the ability to record video in the article under reasons to jailbreak, thanks for bringing that to everyones attention.

  • AHMAD

    hi,
    i’m fear trying to jailbreak my iphone 3g because i might run through service problems such as not being able to get a signal from at&t anymore, or i will damage my iphone. I am not sure if i will be able to jailbreak it because it is fairly new! my current version is 2.1(5f136)
    any help?

  • Hello Ahmad,

    There is always a risk of losing AT&T signal but the risk is very minor. Besides, you can always restore your iPhone in iTunes and start from a clean iPhone.

    Follow this guide: http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/quickpwn-21-guide-tutorial/

    It is the best way to jailbreak your iPhone without any problem, as long as you follow the directions…

    Sebastien

  • Polemicist

    Hacking an iPhone with redsn0w on Mac and PC worked perfectly (I have used both including a PPC mac and an XP PC). I think even a computer user with half a brain could work it out. If something screws up just do it again which is so simple. But the half wits would probably be the ones asking the stupid questions so perhaps they should just stay away. 🙂 I actually saw a comment someone left on how they could hack their BlackBerry with UltraSn0w so they could use other providers???

    The benefit I like is the ability to try before you buy. I have purchased a few appz and have been bitterly disappointed. What looks and reads like a great app can turn out to be crappy. Sure it is only a few dollars but it is a pain having to go research things for a second time and then possibly regretting the decision yet again. Downloading an app giving it a test run and then if I really like it buying it makes my life a lot easier. If it is worth a cracker taking the time to crack it then it is worth the time testing it out. Yeah sure some of the appz know when they are cracked and knowing how to block that does take a bit of knowledge but overall the majority of appz are pretty easy to install and use.

    In total I’ve only got about 10 paid for App store apps on my iPhone but I’ve tried out a few hundred appz to decide on what I liked. And programs like MXTube are well worth the hacking. 🙂

    If the hack required hardware modifications like a WII for example I’d actually consider doing it once my contract was finished but with a software mod like this I see no harm in screwing around with the iPhone the minute it comes out of the box. It is a powerful little tool and JailBreaking just frees it up to be so much more.

  • huh!

    I am wondering if I would be able to use it as a modem once when it’s jail broken ?
    I am debating of getting one on Fido network in Canada, but would only get it if I could teether my laptop to it, and only if I can get Skype to make calls over 3G network.
    Anyone tried these 2 scenarios ?
    With Skype I would save $$$$ on local/long distance calls since they cost me only 25 a year.

  • POD

    it’s not illegal, dumbass. read US law articles first before posting such rubbish comments.