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While we’re patiently waiting for our friends over at the iPhone Dev-Team to finish up the new jailbreak for iPhone 4, I thought It might be fun to have a look at some of the cool apps available for those willing to crack open their magical devices.

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While we’re patiently waiting for our friends over at the iPhone Dev-Team to finish up the new jailbreak for iPhone 4, I thought It might be fun to have a look at some of the cool apps available for those willing to crack open their magical devices. Please keep in mind that by jailbreaking your phone you’re totally voiding your warranty, so proceed at your own risk.

If you’re willing to take the chance, modding your phone can really add a lot of new functionality to those little computers we’re all carrying around. Want to quickly create your own Wi-Fi hotspot? There’s an app for that. Would you like to sidestep Apple’s 3G restrictions? There’s an app for that. Ever thought it would be nice to wirelessly sync with iTunes? You get the idea.

Here’s a few I plan on installing once the new jailbreak drops and they’ve all been updated to work with the latest version of iOS.

  • 3G Unrestrictor lets you get around all those draconian restrictions Apple places on how you can use your 3G connection by tricking the phone into thinking it’s on Wi-Fi. Watch high quality videos, download applications or podcasts, maybe even use FaceTime.
  • Wi-Fi sync lets you cut that USB cable and sync your music, apps, photos, contacts, calendars, and more with iTunes over the air at the touch of a button.
  • snes4iphone is an emulator that lets you relive those heady days of Super Nintendo fun right on your phone. F-Zero on your phone? OMG.
  • MyWi creates a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting laptops or other mobile devices to your iPhone’s internet connection. You can also use it to enable USB and Bluetooth tethering as a bonus.
  • Action Menu adds some additional handy buttons to the usual copy/paste menu you see when selecting text on the phone. Send the text to your Twitter app of choice, look it up in the dictionary, access clipboard history and more.

Jailbreaking your brand new phone is always a risk. You void your warranty and start down a path of SHSH blobs, root passwords, and SSH connections. Oh my! The Dev-Team and app developers have done a great job at making things as easy as possible, but if you’re not willing to spend some time troubleshooting your own issues, you’re probably better servedleaving your phone factory fresh.

Still, I think it’s well worth jumping through all those hoops in order to pick up the kind of added functionality you see above. What do you think, is it worth it? What apps are you looking forward to adding?

  1. george hasbun Friday, July 23, 2010

    it is so worth it you can make your iphone work like its made to work not how apple wants it to work it the best to jailbreak your iphone its just boring without the jailbreak

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    1. It’s also boring to read comments that don’t use periods.

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  2. inflatablenerd Friday, July 23, 2010

    Everyone should jailbreak at least once.

    I recently jailbroke my iPad while traveling, and while I was itching to get back inside Apple’s walled garden almost immediately, I don’t regret trying the experience out for myself. Spirit made my device slower and buggier. I had to jump through hoops to get it working (downgrading to iTunes 9.1 on OSX). But at least I learnt that for myself. Uncle Steve was right to try and keep me in, but I wasn’t going to blindly follow his wishes without at least trying out what it was like on the other side.

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  3. Jailbreaking is not “totally voiding your warranty”. You can restore it to the stock firmware should you ever have to to send it in – with the result that there’s no trace of jailbreaking it at all.

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    1. Bryan Schuetz Friday, July 23, 2010

      You may not always be in a position to do a restore before an emergency lands you at the genius bar. Also, what you do to the phone once it’s been jailbroken and how you choose to restore, can impact to varying degrees what someone at the genius bar running a diagnostic on the phone might be able to discern.

      I’m just saying, buyer beware.

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      1. If you meant “may” void your warranty, then say that. Jailbreaking an iphone does not necessarily void the warranty.

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    2. Bryan Schuetz Monday, July 26, 2010

      @jeff I said what I meant. Jailbreaking your iPhone does void your warranty. Whether or not Apple employees are able to tell that you voided your warranty is another question.

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  4. Jailbreaking was always a hassle, and iOS 4 has finally fulfilled all the reasons I had for Jailbreaking except tethering. But I never really used tethering that much so I no longer jailbreak.

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  5. elasticthreads Friday, July 23, 2010

    It’s definitely worth it for iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G users who can get access to all the iOS 4 features Apple decided the devices were not capable of: native multitasking and rotation lock, bluetooth keyboard access, springboard wallpapers.

    Outside of that, all devices still benefit from all the apps listed here, but also the all important SBSetting panel, which lets you quickly adjust/toggle all kinds of settings you don’t want to switch apps just to deal with (volume, brightness, wifi, data, etc.).

    I use redsn0w 0.95beta with iOS4 on my iPod Touch 2G and find the combo to be the best mobile platform yet.

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  6. Jailbreaking was nice, but never worth the time and effort it took.

    I dumped my iPhone and bought a Nexus One shortly after it came out. Most of the jailbreak apps and features I used were already baked in, the rest you can download from Android Marketplace. It doesn’t require any dodgy files downloaded from dark corners of the internet, a cabled connection to iTunes when the OS is due for an update, or a repeat of the whole jailbreak process when you make it.

    It’s your phone, you should be able to do whatever you want with it.

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    1. I am surprised by your comment that “jailbreaking was never worth the time and effort it took”. Jailbreaking is not difficult and if you take care to follow the steps it takes 30 minutes at best. Once you are done you get so much more functionality from your iPhone it is well worth those 30 min.

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  7. TurbineSeaplane Friday, July 23, 2010

    What an absolutely pathetic article.

    The #1 reason you should be listing for Jailbreaking isn’t even on your LIST!

    It’s all about SBSettings baby!

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    1. To each his own, I guess. SBSettings is one of the first apps I install when I help somebody jailbreak his iPhone. Ironically, I don’t have an iPhone myself at the moment, but I know I’m going to jailbreak whenever I get my hands on one, if only for SBSettings at first.

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  8. Yes…I am also jailbreaking just because of sbsettings. But these other apps are nice additions. I recommend mywi, lockcalendar and the blacklister- and the infomenuicons-app.

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  9. I’ve heard that with tethering and things of that nature that you can get in big trouble with AT&T. I’ve heard if they notice your data usage spike then you can get hit with big fines. Anyone know if that is true or how the AT&T contract is worded with regards to that or if AT&T would even notice? Thanks.

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    1. Keith Brown Monday, July 26, 2010

      I’ve been tethering (as have friends of mine) for a long, long time, first with the profile hack on 3.0 and now with MyWi on a jail broken 3.1. Not a peep from AT&T. The iPhone data plan (the old one) is truly unlimited, but my average usage ends up being about 2GB a month. One of my friends uses a whole lot more than that. I doubt they have any real (practical) way to know. That might change with 4.0 but I doubt it. I’ll bet the real reason the new authorized tethering plan counts against total data usage isn’t just greed on their part, but because they don’t have any way to account for it.

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  10. Its always worth it 

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