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#24476 25-Jul-2008 08:52
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Is there a list of special software somewhere that is so amazing and unavailable through the app store?

Because if there is, I'd like to see it please.

Other than that, what else is the point to jailbreak your new 3G iPhone?

Just curious really.


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  #151190 25-Jul-2008 09:24
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Indeed there is a wealth of development happening for the iPhone that is not going to end up in the App Store.  Jailbreaking your iPhone 3G will allow you to install those unsigned applications alongside your signed Apple apps.  Cydia is the name of the installer package, which works in the same way as apt-get on linux.  Since I've been using Cydia (about a week now), the number of apps has grown steadily. 

There's not much rubbish in there to be honest, there's a lot of interface change tools (modify your carrier name to whatever you want, modify certain icons and symbols on the phone), but also tools like BossPrefs which showed up yesterday - this gives you access to important tools like turning SSH on and off, turning GPRS/3G Data on and off....essentially it'll let you turn most things on and off from the gui. 

There's a bunch of valid reasons to jailbreak, but if you're not a power user (ie the sort of person that NEEDS to get into the back end of your iphone) or you don't care if your data is on at all times then it may not be for you.  Just be aware that there's a big community of developers out there that are going to build apps for jailbroken phones, and you could potentially miss out on some very cool stuff. 

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  #151197 25-Jul-2008 09:33
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Roger that, I can see the sense in being able to stop a data connecting while roaming overseas for instance if you didn't need it. That might save alot of money! :-)

Interesting, I would like to look at some of the software out there.


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  #151201 25-Jul-2008 09:40
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motorwayne: Roger that, I can see the sense in being able to stop a data connecting while roaming overseas for instance if you didn't need it. That might save alot of money! :-)

Interesting, I would like to look at some of the software out there.
this function is already on the iphone 3g

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  #151220 25-Jul-2008 10:42
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yeah, what he said!

Would like cut and paste though :-) oh, and video camera.

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  #151306 25-Jul-2008 15:07
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because if your a geek and it can be done you do it :)

and when the new Telecom network comes out we can all leave vodafone.

Toys:  iphone 4s; PS3 good times.  13inch macbook pro.   ipad 3. ï£¿ 27inch imac.   airport express & time machine. raspberry-pi running xbmc and a gopro try hard.

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  #151332 25-Jul-2008 15:51
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Oh I know what you mean, I have itchy fingers syndrome for sure...

Thing is though, I also like "optimum performance/ease of use (real world) and a groovy interface. The standard iPhone gives on a level.

I guess, anything that can add to my task/diary sync function, video cam, cut & paste I'd look at, just wish I didn't have to hack the thing to do it.

Do you think we're all A.D.H.D?  :-)  Constant fiddling :-)


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