In response to an article that one of our writers, Mick Gend, posted yesterday on Top 10 Reasons why you shouldn’t jailbreak your phone has received one comment from a VEEEERY angry reader. I’m pasting the entire email into this post, without any editing, so as to show that we’re always welcoming comments, no matter are they friendly or angry.
The commentator’s name will not been mentioned to protect the privacy of the said person.
As a iDevice owner for iPhone 2, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2 and iMac, I’m a firm believer of using the iDevices Steve Jobs intending us to. As we’re also running this iPhone community for all the fans here, I can truly relate to the app developers. Now let’s just step into their shoes for a minute. Just imagine yourself coming up with a brilliant app and spends the next few months developing it and pegging a price tag of just $0.99 for your massive efforts. What happens next is someone has jailbroken your immensely popular app and offers it for free to the public. Now, how would you feel? It’ll definitely suck for me big time.
In truth, the debate on whether we should jailbreak our phones or not has been ongoing since the birth of iPhones. It spans across technology, ethics and gawd knows what other areas.
Ultimately, we can come to one conclusion is that neither one party will ever win.
Before I proceed further, here’s an quote from Christopher Breen, who is a editor from MacWorld
The dark side
Who do you trust: When you jailbreak an iOS device using a tool such as the jailbreakme site or one of the tools offered by the iPhone Dev Team, you don’t really know what’s happening to your device. At the end of the jailbreak you should have a more open iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and a copy of the Cydia app. But what else has gone on in the background?
Up to this point, nothing, it seems. I’ve jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches for years and I’ve yet to have a problem where my data was exploited. But, as they say in the questionable-investment business, past performance is no guarantee of future results. It’s possible that a jailbreak will come along (though not likely from the iPhone Dev Team) that does The Bad Thing.
Your phone is more open to attack: When you jailbreak your device and enable SSH, its more accessible from the outside than it once was. Far too many people jailbreak their phones (or purchase jailbroken and unlocked phones) without then changing its default “alpine” password. And some of those people have suffered in the form of baddies breaking into their devices.
If you’re going to jailbreak your iPhone, do your future self the very big favor of changing its password. Cydia’s home screen provides a Root Password How-To button. Tap it to learn how to change the device’s password.
Your battery life could suffer: Some third-party apps and processes care very little about how much power they pull from your iOS device. If you’re running some of these things on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, your battery could drain in short order.
Your phone could become less stable: Say what you will about the sometimes-quirky nature of the App Store’s approval process, at least apps have been vetted-hopefully to the point where they shouldn’t take down the entire device when they crash. There’s no guarantee that apps offered via Cydia will be as stable.
Apple and your warranty: In a recently released KnowledgeBase article-which outlines the risks of jailbreaking an iOS device-Apple states:
“It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.”
Anecdotal evidence suggests that if you walk into an Apple Store with a misbehaving and jailbroken iPhone in the hope of getting some help with it, you’ll be politely turned away. In most cases, you can return your jailbroken iPhone to its original condition simply by restoring it in iTunes, thus leaving no evidence. However, this presents an ethical issue. You did something to the iPhone that broke your warranty. You should therefore not expect support for it.
Updates and jailbreaks: Apple hasn’t gone out of its way to issue updates that intentionally damage jailbroken iPhones. (These updates certainly undo jailbreaks, but they haven’t permanently damaged iOS devices-though one update did put jailbroken 2G iPhones out of commission until a subsequent jailbreak became available weeks later). Given the company’s history of largely turning a blind eye to jailbreaking and the added ruling that jailbreaking and unlocking are legal, it’s highly doubtful that Apple will take any deliberate action to decommission jailbroken phones.
Let me raise another story about my sister. She and her hubby bought the iPhone 4 and without any knowledge of what happened, her hubby jail broke both the phones. Fast forward 1 year later. Being a techno phobe, she has no idea how to update, can’t have access to iCloud and all the wonderful new features available in the iOS 5 and she’s facing a daily struggle of having her iPhone shut down automatically few times a day. True, she can update from any of those mobile shops in her area. But guess how much she’s been quoted? An equivalent of US$120 just to update the darn phone when it’s supposed to be available for FREE!
Again, every point in the article posted by Mick has its debatable points, of course with some over exaggeration to deter you from jail breaking the iPhone, eg the police catching you and throwing you in jail. Heck, with the SOPA and PIPA going on, we never know when the US government may just go bat crap crazy and throw someone in jail? lol…
As a last note to our dear fan who sent in this precious comment. I personally do not support privacy and neither should you. Downloading torrents and jail broken apps is a form of privacy, and is down right unethical, in my humble opinion. Even if some countries do not clamp down on piracy, eg China where they believe Copyright is The Right To Copy, doesn’t mean that we should. In the event that you still stand by your reasoning and think we are outright crooks in publishing the said article, please take it as a gentle white lie to deter the general public from jail breaking the phone and use it the way Steve Jobs intended us to.
Subject: Top 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Jailbreak Your iPhone FEBRUARY 28, 2012
This is a huge lie why do you publicize these myths ?
Let’s go over 1-10
1. False , at any point you can restore your phone and you still have a warrantee
2. It at any point you don’t get a clean jailbreak there are programs like redsn0w and recboot that will awake you precious phone , people kill there phones cause they don’t know what there doing and don’t research before they jailbreak and see what programs are needed for errors or faults
3. You should change your password for your shsh blobs and you won’t get any viruses of that sort you making false claims agian there has not been many cases of this and facts yes facts are less jailbroken iPhones get attacked than non-jailbroken phones , be more truthful and give your readers all the facts !
4. There are packags in cydia that prevent your apps knowing your jailbroken , once agian you fail to give all the facts!
5. You have to wait ages for updates this is argumentive and opinion , who are you to say that the updates are needed most people who own iPhones haven’t updated anyways they still run off the iOS it was purchased with
6. This is so dumb you can empty your wallet on non-jailbroken apps why is this even on your blaspheming list
7. This is another crock most apps make there way from Cydia to the app store cause apples rules are so strict and getting in the app store still can be shot down by apple at any point , even of there available on androids app store you bring one side to the story and once agian no facts
8. There is no glitches if you don’t make mistakes 90% of glitches are users faults for installing wrong package and conflicting packages read before you download Cydia has improved this issue with notices of compatibility but here agian this is on the user stop downloading so quick read research and reviews before just pressing buttons
9. This is another false statement my battery last longer than standard iOS phones do you have proof of this most times a battery dies faster is cause the user forgets that there still running in he background once agian user error this also can be done on a non jailbroken device !
10. And what are the probabilities of this happening , and if the police go through your phone without a warrant leagally they cannot do anything about it where the hell did you get scenario what are you smoking if someone goes to jail for that than they are stoopid and there lawyer is also just as stupid and also why would you have no password to your device how the police snooping through your phone when it’s locked? Your story blog is all rants and lies with only half the facts , and no I don’t believe in piracy and using the installious app store as It is unfair that it’s even there but not all countries have piracy laws !
This is the worst malicious story I have ever read in my life you should be fired for these opinions cause you have not posted any facts !