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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-27-2010, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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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.

According to The Associated Press, the government approved a handful of new exemptions to a federal law that prevents the circumvention of technical measure that prevent users from accessing and modifying copyrighted works. The report noted that every three years, the Library of Congress' Copyright Office authorizes exemptions to ensure existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material.

In addition, another exemption was approved that would allow all cell phone users to unlock their device for use on an unapproved carrier. Currently, Apple's iPhone is available exclusively through AT&T, but unlocking it can allow for voice calls and EDGE data speeds on rival carrier T-Mobile.

Other exemptions announced Monday allow people to break protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws; allow college professors, film students and documentary filmmakers to break copy protection measures on DVDs to embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos; and allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices (dongles) if the hardware no longer works and cannot be replaced.

The warranty-voiding jailbreak process allows users to run software not approved by Apple, which has no plans to allow users to install third-party applications downloaded from outside its sanctioned App Store. Hackers have created their own custom applications -- many free, and some for purchase from an alternative storefront known as Cydia.

Apple has been criticized for its strict control over the iPhone App Store, requiring that all applications be approved before they are made available for download. The company has defended this practice, stating that it keeps faulty and potentially dangerous software from being made available, as well as banning unsavory content such as pornography.

In April, Jobs cited an unsanctioned pornography store available for the Google Android platform as a reason to not support unsigned applications. "That's a place we don't want to go," Jobs said, "so we're not going to."

In addition to allowing access to legitimate third-party software, both free and paid, through services like Cydia, jailbreaking can also be used to pirate App Store software, one major reason why Apple has fought the practice.

Hackers have been hard at work on jailbreaking iOS 4 since it was released in June. Though the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G have been exploited, the iPhone Dev Team has continued their efforts toward both jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone 4. With Monday's decision by the U.S. government, their efforts are now considered legal.

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I never knew it was illegal. are there police that go around looking at your cell phone to see what software is running on it?




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I never knew it was illegal. are there police that go around looking at your cell phone to see what software is running on it?
technically yes, but i would assume apple would have to warranty a defective phone now even if was jailbroken? maybe not, since it probably falls under the apple disclaimer. if that's the case, then yes...this ruling really doesn't matter outside of being able to use any phone on any network.

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say bu-bye to carrier subsidized phones. The days of $100 smartphones will soon be over.
That's how it was in Europe. All phones there (at least when I was there) were no contract price only.
Get ready to pay 5-600+ for that next iPhone/Droid

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say bu-bye to carrier subsidized phones. The days of $100 smartphones will soon be over.
That's how it was in Europe. All phones there (at least when I was there) were no contract price only.
Get ready to pay 5-600+ for that next iPhone/Droid
+ .75 You might still get some with longer term contracts and higher termination fees...but people will bitch more about the after-effects of this... Be careful what you wish for...

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+ .75 You might still get some with longer term contracts and higher termination fees...but people will bitch more about the after-effects of this... Be careful what you wish for...
True. They may come up with alternate ways to get their nut. But for various contractual reasons, they can't jack up the termination fee enough to cover the hit they'd take on say, a 32GB iPhone 4.
The few phones that will remain subsidized will be cheaper stuff, and the extent to which they are subsidized will probably not be as great either.

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say bu-bye to carrier subsidized phones. The days of $100 smartphones will soon be over.
That's how it was in Europe. All phones there (at least when I was there) were no contract price only.
Get ready to pay 5-600+ for that next iPhone/Droid
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+ .75 You might still get some with longer term contracts and higher termination fees...but people will bitch more about the after-effects of this... Be careful what you wish for...
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True. They may come up with alternate ways to get their nut. But for various contractual reasons, they can't jack up the termination fee enough to cover the hit they'd take on say, a 32GB iPhone 4.
The few phones that will remain subsidized will be cheaper stuff, and the extent to which they are subsidized will probably not be as great either.
this will be more of a reason for me to take better care of my BB and if I have to replace it down the road, well, I'll cross that bridge later.

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+ .75 You might still get some with longer term contracts and higher termination fees...but people will bitch more about the after-effects of this... Be careful what you wish for...
The burntashes of the world are going to throw their feces at you. Making everything free and uncumbered is always supposed to be better.




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