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.
Answer by boba0420 · Jul 27, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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.
Answer by Unleashed · Jul 27, 2010 at 01:08 PM
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
Answer by catchatyou · Jul 27, 2010 at 04:01 PM
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.
Answer by Tom White · Jul 27, 2010 at 07:46 PM
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.
Answer by Emily · Jul 27, 2010 at 08:31 PM
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.
Answer by Yuma · Jul 28, 2010 at 09:46 PM
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?