Now you can upgrade to the latest 2.2 firmware and have it all: Activation, Jailbreaking and Unlocking! Read to further understand the meaning of each of the latter so that you can be updated with the most important iPhones and iPod touch terminologies!
Some of the new iPhone users do not yet grasp the difference between Activating, Jailbreaking, and Unlocking.
To activate an iPhone or an iPod Touch is to have the basic features such as iPod, calendar, contacts, weather, clock, YouTube, camera, photos running. That is, to have a working iPod without necessarily any signal or Sim card to worry about!
More applications can be downloaded using an iTunes Store account via the App Store.
To jailbreak is to allow for additional applications and features to be installed on the iPhone/iPod Touch via two main programs: Cydia and Installer. Both programs are installed on the device on jailbreaking, and they allow us to download hundreds of applications that are mostly offered for free.
Unlocking (iPhone’s Only):
That’s the trickiest part that always takes a longer time to hack. It basically indicates getting a signal on your iPhone! That is, since the iPhone was originally planned as an exclusive gadget for AT&T in America, it was not intended to work in other countries until they started selling an international version, as well as legally structuring plans for most other countries under their own service providers. However, most people ended up buying illegal iPhones and bringing them back to their countries resorting to either hardware or software hacking solutions usually made available by two main competitors (Zibri and The Dev Team). Consequently, for every new firmware, caution should be taken as to whether one’s phone is legal and it is safe to upgrade, or whether it is unlocked by other hacking means and the precious phone is in jeopardy of becoming merely an iPod on doing so?
Thus don’t be fooled with the desirable headlines on hacking websites. Make sure you know what you’re doing, when you’re doing it, and what you have at hand before staking too much!
If you know for sure that you’re “legal” and want to go for a jailbreak, that’s your guide:
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