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Old 10-29-2009, 08:07 AM   #16
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Did they commit to a single carrier Stateside too?

Yes, and sadly they have just about the worst network.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:24 AM   #17
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:31 AM   #18
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I've been using a 2G iphone for a couple years Jailbroken and Unlocked to use with t-mobile. The process has gotten easier and faster since I first did it.
I'd say the only thing that I'm not crazy about is that when you want to update the iphone OS, you have to restore the whole phone (after backing up the phone), install the new OS, then re-jailbreak and unlock the phone again. Although, as I said above, it has gotten much faster and easier.

I will mention that the unlocked iphone is by FAR the best phone I've ever had, much better than the Google/Android phone or any of the Blackberry (etc) phones I've used.

iPhone FTW.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:41 PM   #19
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quote=Barnstormer]I've been using a 2G iphone for a couple years Jailbroken and Unlocked to use with t-mobile. The process has gotten easier and faster since I first did it.
I'd say the only thing that I'm not crazy about is that when you want to update the iphone OS, you have to restore the whole phone (after backing up the phone), install the new OS, then re-jailbreak and unlock the phone again. Although, as I said above, it has gotten much faster and easier.

I will mention that the unlocked iphone is by FAR the best phone I've ever had, much better than the Google/Android phone or any of the Blackberry (etc) phones I've used.

iPhone FTW.[/quote]

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Old 10-18-2010, 06:53 AM   #20
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:16 PM   #21
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Yeah, I'll second the iPhone update and then re-jailbreak issue. It sucks. If there's something you need in an apple update, then you've got to go through everything all over again. And if you *accidentally* have your phone update by plugging it in to your mac, then you don't have a choice as to when you have to re-jailbreak.

Now I just charge it off the wall plug.

But being able to pull the phone off of ATT's craptastic network is totally worth it.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:54 PM   #22
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But being able to pull the phone off of ATT's craptastic network is totally worth it.
You can use it like an iPhone off of AT&T's network?

Does the visual voicemail work?


I'm not leaving AT&T. What's the advantage of jailbreaking my iPhone? Other than you really feel like you're sticking it to the man?

Are there apps that are worth using that aren't available if you don't jailbreak your phone?
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:19 PM   #23
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I've done it repeatedly on my 3G (gotta do it everytime there's a software update), but if yours is brand spankin new I'd wait till the warranty goes out first.

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Other than you really feel like you're sticking it to the man?

Are there apps that are worth using that aren't available if you don't jailbreak your phone?
I did it to mine because I wanted to have background images (not allowed on 3g) instead of just the blackness and it also allows you to change appearance of things etc.

One of the recent things I've done is the headphone jack got screwed up so I installed a utility that allows me to open a mono channel stream through the blue tooth connection so I can still listen to podcasts (albeit with really crappy sound) without having to keep the phone in my chest pocket as exactly the right angle and walk around like I'm a robot all day.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:39 AM   #24
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I've done it repeatedly on my 3G (gotta do it everytime there's a software update), but if yours is brand spankin new I'd wait till the warranty goes out first.



I did it to mine because I wanted to have background images (not allowed on 3g) instead of just the blackness and it also allows you to change appearance of things etc.

One of the recent things I've done is the headphone jack got screwed up so I installed a utility that allows me to open a mono channel stream through the blue tooth connection so I can still listen to podcasts (albeit with really crappy sound) without having to keep the phone in my chest pocket as exactly the right angle and walk around like I'm a robot all day.
Okay, this is the kind of thing I'm looking for.

I've got a 3GS.

I know that Apple doesn't allow "approved" apps to do things like access the contact list or your calendar or the phone so you can't build an app like they had for the old Newton MessagePads that connected them together without recreating each database. Like adding contact drop down fields in an appointment screen or add appointments fields to the contact screen.

Are there apps in Cydia that do things like that? Now, that would be worth Jailbreaking your phone for.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:47 AM   #25
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Okay, this is the kind of thing I'm looking for.

I've got a 3GS.

I know that Apple doesn't allow "approved" apps to do things like access the contact list or your calendar or the phone so you can't build an app like they had for the old Newton MessagePads that connected them together without recreating each database. Like adding contact drop down fields in an appointment screen or add appointments fields to the contact screen.

Are there apps in Cydia that do things like that? Now, that would be worth Jailbreaking your phone for.
Ya got me, I just use it mostly for aesthetic stuff.

Sorry I can't help you there, but there is a shit ton of utilities for it.

Jailbreaking isn't really a big deal if you're not changing providers. Just gotta get the jailbreak program (I use redsn0w) and find a source for the .ispw (I think?) file for the latest OS and run em together.

If you don't like it just reupdate the phone to the latest OS.
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:09 AM   #26
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Jailbreaking isn't really a big deal if you're not changing providers.
Nah, not changing providers. I know everyone hates AT&T, but coming from T-Mobile, AT&T is considerably better. Plus, it's my understanding that the you can't use the iPhone to it's full capability on another carrier.


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Just gotta get the jailbreak program (I use redsn0w) and find a source for the .ispw (I think?) file for the latest OS and run em together.

If you don't like it just reupdate the phone to the latest OS.
I think it's even easier than that, now. From what I read all you have to do is download the GreenPois0n or LimeRa1n executable, run it, follow the directions, and it's "Jailbroken".
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:09 AM   #27
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You can use it like an iPhone off of AT&T's network?

Does the visual voicemail work?


I'm not leaving AT&T. What's the advantage of jailbreaking my iPhone? Other than you really feel like you're sticking it to the man?

Are there apps that are worth using that aren't available if you don't jailbreak your phone?
Visual voicemail won't work off of AT&T's network, or at least I'm not aware of a way to make it work. But your visual voicemail will still continue to work with a jailbroken/unlocked phone on AT&T's network.

I travel a lot, so I really like the apps where I can turn my phone into a WiFi hotspot and trick the phone to thinking I'm on WiFi when I'm only on 3G. That way I can Skype or use facetime when I'm in a pinch and not in a WiFi hotspot. Also works well for downloading files that AT&T doesn't want you do pull down when you're not on WiFi.

I'm not sure about the contacts app that you're looking for though.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:24 AM   #28
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Visual voicemail won't work off of AT&T's network, or at least I'm not aware of a way to make it work. But your visual voicemail will still continue to work with a jailbroken/unlocked phone on AT&T's network.

I travel a lot, so I really like the apps where I can turn my phone into a WiFi hotspot and trick the phone to thinking I'm on WiFi when I'm only on 3G. That way I can Skype or use facetime when I'm in a pinch and not in a WiFi hotspot. Also works well for downloading files that AT&T doesn't want you do pull down when you're not on WiFi.

I'm not sure about the contacts app that you're looking for though.
Now, we're gettin' somewhere.

Thanks!

That would be really cool to turn your iPhone into a wifi hotspot.

The contact app was just an example of how Apple doesn't allow you to really change anything on the iPhone.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:40 AM   #29
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Another one I like is where you can pull your gps coordinates from the GPS chip, and then send them over SMS. I use it to check in with my wife so she can see my position every now and then when I'm out riding (or approximate the location of my body). She can just click it on her phone and bring up the map with my location.
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:08 PM   #30
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...I will mention that the unlocked iphone is by FAR the best phone I've ever had, much better than the Google/Android phone or any of the Blackberry (etc) phones I've used.
Barnstormer, could you please elaborate on that? I've heard this before but never heard it qualified as to why. Does the actual phone somehow get better, or does just getting off ATT make the service better?

I've got a 3G, and after enduring the slowness of the 4.0 upgrade and then being underwhelmed with the 4.1 'fix' for this problem I've downgraded to 3.1.3 and plan to stay there, so if I jailbreak my phone it will probably be a one-way trip. There weren't alot of new things in 4.x for the 3G anyway, certainly nothing worth the serious hit in speed. My motivation is that I travel internationally and would like to be able to get a SIM card for my iphone so I don't need to carry it plus my unlocked Motorola around.

Other than the ability to use it on a different network, what are the advantages to jailbreaking? Where do you find cool apps like the GPS one Lonestrom mentioned? Does a jailbroken phone otherwise work like a regular iphone in terms of backup and sync in itunes, buying sanctioned apps from the app store, etc?
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