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Is Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad Bad?

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Now that the iPad is available over in the UK, many of our community members who live there are ordering as fast as they can. However, one particular person called in to express his disgust over the fact that his friends plan to jailbreak their device as soon as they get it. He feels it’s “wrong” to do this, and wondered what my thoughts are.

None of my devices are jailbroken. I’ve been asked many times in the past if I have – or will – do this to my iPhone. The answer is simply “no.” I run under the AT&T contract, and that’s how it’s going to stay.

Some people may argue that they want to use it their way, and not be tethered to AT&T. That’s their decision, not mine. It’s not for me… but it’s also not for me to admonish or condemn them for it.

I’ve heard of a few issues where rogue software, keyloggers and rootkits have been installed on jailbroken phones. This wouldn’t have happened with Apple’s closed system had the devices not been tampered with.

I like knowing I’m going to be relatively safe since I decided to play by Apple’s rules. My iPhone and iPad aren’t ever going to become riddled with malware, nor will my warranty be voided.

Do I feel it’s “wrong” to jailbreak? It’s wrong for me, yes. Is it wrong for you? You’re the only person who can decide, honestly. Weigh your options carefully. Research the ins and outs – the pros and cons – of jailbreaking before making your choice. Know what your device will be able to do, as well as what limitations may be placed upon it.

Then – and only then – will you know if it’s right for you.

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