I just saw on a post that Jailbreaking was highly illegal. Is this true? I thought that you can do what ever you like with the hardware you have brought, so that means Jailbreaking is not illegal. Also the only illegal thing about it is if you download apps for free.
Can someone tell me the legality of jailbreaking? :D What is the legality of Jailbreaking?
Answer by simplydrew · Jun 03, 2010 at 09:12 AM
It's not illegal, but as mentioned, it does violate Apple's EULA. However, if you need warranty service or anything else, you can always just go back to the regular official firmware before taking your iPhone in. Back in the days of hardware unlocking and other invasive measures of altering the iPhone I would say would be damaging and then would not entitle you to warranty service, but software jailbreaking is able to be reversed, so I don't see what the big deal is, personally.
Answer by zezioen · Jun 03, 2010 at 09:08 AM
It is against Apple's EULA but I really want it to be illegal (right now it voids your warranty). At this point in time it is legal but it really needs to be illegal!
Answer by jhagedon · Jun 03, 2010 at 08:56 AM
Answer by Ang · Jun 03, 2010 at 08:58 AM
You can say all kinds of things like "I bought it, I can do whatever I want with it", but jailbreaking is against Apple's EULA.
This doesn't mean the police can arrest you for jailbreaking, but Apple won't like it and won't give you any support on your iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad.
Also, I'm not sure if this question is allowed, but I'll just answer...
Answer by r0bErT4u · Jun 03, 2010 at 12:22 PM
Jailbreaking is LEGAL, but violates Apple's EULA.
[Insert Car Manufacturer Here] states modifications to the engine will void the warranty, but you enhance the performance via 3rd Party Modifications (ie. NOS, Performance Chips, Blower, etc.)
Imagine if Caroll Shelby, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, etc. didn't jailbreak/modify/tweak. Ingenuity is what most American Success Stories are made of.
Note: I Jailbroke my iPhones & iPads for Performance | Security | Functionality | Etc. Many non-iPhones tether without additional charges to their data plan. VOIP on non-iPhones. GPS navigation tethered to external GPS unit. Bluetooth keyboard/mouse/camera. MMS has been on many non-iPhones for years. Skype is going to place additional charges on iPhones. Prior to iPhones, I've purchased 3rd Party mobile apps without fear of AT&T, T-mobile, HP, Nokia remotely removing them. My Apple Kill Switch is disabled.
do NOT condone Illegal Acts like Pirating/Stealing. I do Try before I Buy! That option is usually missing from the app store.*
Answer by GregoryFire · Jun 03, 2010 at 12:50 PM
It is not illegal to jailbreak. Apple wants to make it illegal, because they want all their devices to be closed, and they want to have complete control over what goes on them. Jailbreaking does, however, void your warranty, but if you simply restore your iPod, they have no way of knowing. The only illegal part of jailbreaking is pirating apps, which I do not suggest.
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