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Releasing Your Mobile Device from Prison

Mobile phones have become new appendages to their users. People often can’t go anywhere without their cell phones. Whether it’s to the bathroom, class, party or even a wedding, people can’t get rid of their phones? With everyone clinging onto them for dear life, cell phones have to become more like their user. Customization is key and is often standard on phones, but consumers want to take it one step further: jail-breaking.

Jail-breaking is essentially that, releasing the bonds of restraint from your mobile device. It allows your device to do more than the average mobile phone. There are certain tweaks that allow each jailbroken device to separate themselves from one another. Whether these tweaks are physical, like allowing iPhone users to have their icons “roll away,” or internal allowing Android users to develop their own apps, each device is jailbroken for a reason. 

There are plenty of ways to go about jail-breaking a device. The most common way is by downloading one single program, plugging in your phone, and allowing the program to do its own thing. This is the simplest way. Other ways call for rooting a device, most commonly referred to in the Android market. With Android, it can be as simple as downloading an app that does it all for you.

The benefits, other than individuality, that come with jail-breaking or rooting allow for exclusive apps to be downloaded. These apps include the abilities to become a wi-fi hot spot, install other apps for free and more. On YouTube, there are tons of videos that show the top apps for jailbroken iPhones as well as Android.

Cellular devices are not the only gadgets getting in on this ultra-customization. Tablets, e-readers and gaming systems have the capabilities to be jailbroken, too. The process for these is a bit more tasking and advanced, not to mention more glitchy.

There are plenty of positives to manipulating your device, but there are also plenty of drawbacks. These can include but are not limited to crashing of the device, making the device slow or even killing the device altogether. Where programs to jailbreak and root are user-made, they are not regulated by the mobile companies, and there is a possibility of drastically harming your device. Something like this could happen.

As a person who has jailbroken his iPhone a few times, I can say I prefer the stock Apple iOS. It’s faster and cleaner. What do you think?

Below is a lengthy video discussing Android rooting as well as iPhone jail-breaking.

  1. September 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I completely agree…I plan on UN-breaking my phone also….

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