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What do you think about the government recently legalizing the "jailbreaking" of smartphones including the iPhone? Read more about this here and tell me what you think. Was the government right to legalize this? Will this mean that more people will "jailbreak" their phones in order to switch to other carriers or run other apps?

Personally, I don't think that this will make a huge difference is how many people jailbreak their phones because most of the people who are going to do it already have. In addition to this, I think that the government was right to legalize it. It technically isn't breaking any laws (copyright, etc) that I can see. It's just changing a device that the customer paid for and owns.

asked Jul 27 '10 at 11:30

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I think that it should be legal, because we can install whatever os we want onto our computers (besides mac on pc (legally)), so why shouldn't we be able to customize the phones that we also paid for.

answered Jul 27 '10 at 11:33

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i think this is a very good thing, i used to jailbreak all the time and now i dont with the iphone 4 because its too much hassle and obviously there is no tool yet. but even when there is i wont jailbreak. but it should be up to you what you install on your phone jailbreaking opens the phones wings and you can put some very handy apps and customise it like you want. it really does make it better. i hope apple release firmware and you dont have to jb it because it will be open to any app you want, they should put like a warning saying anything you install 3rd party and not authorised then if something happens to it its your fault, i can see a flood of complaints about apps that dont work or harm your phone, but there are already some apps in the store that dont do what they say and even steve said that was one of the reasons they need to authorise them..

this is a very good thing and i hope apple finally allow these apps with out giving users a problem or having to jailbreak, they are fighting a losing battle any way there will always be a jailbreak even if they allow it or not...

but those idiots who abuse it is a majur reason why apple dont allow it doing things they shouldent be

answered Jul 27 '10 at 12:08

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I think that Apple is so strict, because they know what's best for their products. Who are you to say that they don't know what's best...they made the product. I don't tank that the government has any right on this subject. If I owned a business, I want to make the decisions for it myself. I don't want them to come in and say that I can't do this a certain way. There are some things that the government needs to stay out of.

answered Jul 27 '10 at 15:01

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I agree with you completely, but don't you think that if someone pays for a product and owns it that they should be able to do whatever they want with it; including jailbreak it? Just a thought.

(Jul 27 '10 at 18:23) TechRob TechRob's gravatar image

i agree with Techrob...they do whats best for the company..not always for the product..i have had a jail broken device for awhile..and its so much better than the a non jailbreak one....i paid 300 dollars for..i should be able to use it to its full ability legally

(Jul 27 '10 at 18:28) SJP SJP's gravatar image

@TechRob You purchsase the hardware, and a right to use one copy ofmthe software per device. Also Jailbreaking was legal since1999 anyway.

(Jul 27 '10 at 18:39) AppleHack23 AppleHack23's gravatar image

I think the government apps weren't being approved and now its go too much for them they through their toys out and made it legal, or like so many others they don't like AT&T.

It shouldn't be legal only apple knows whats best for their products.

answered Jul 27 '10 at 18:46

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Tom White

I agree that Apple knows what's best for their products, but if people want to mess up their own devices then I say let them. I'd rather have Apple's firmware anyways.

(Jul 27 '10 at 19:24) TechRob TechRob's gravatar image

if you ask me for one to say "apple knows whats best got their products" is like saying "mother knows best"

Linux was created with the notion that not everyone knows the best way to do one thing.

if anyone knew best, there would never be competition, if apple knew what was best, why would you want a PC?

if apple knew best, why would u not want a iphone?

if apple knew best, why did the newton never pan out?

(Jul 27 '10 at 21:15) trueb trueb's gravatar image

I was referring to the iphone, ipad, etc and which apps are allowed in the app store and for THEIR products not about everything. The reason I don't want the iphone is because of AT&T. And I never said I don't want a Mac. I simply own a PC because that's what I can afford.

(Jul 28 '10 at 20:03) TechRob TechRob's gravatar image

You Pay enough for the phone you should be able to use it whatever way you want (within the law). In my opinion apple saying no to jail breaking completely would be like HP saying you can only install windows on a PC. It is silly.

answered Jul 27 '10 at 19:31

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I don't care honestly. People have been "Jail breaking" their devices for a long time. You payed good money for the tech and you should use it anyway you like. Ruin it, put unauthorized software on it, doesn't matter. Its yours, and besides does anyone Really care if your device can play a few more apps or do a few extra features?

answered Jul 28 '10 at 20:46

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