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I read an article today entitled "iPhone 3GS Gets Jailbroken, Hack Available Online" ( http://www.pcworld.com/ ). A single paragraph really stood out for me, namely:
"However, the purplera1n jailbreak will free your iPhone from the limitations imposed on it by AT&T and Apple. After jailbreaking, a user will be able to customize the iPhone with home-screen wallpapers and third-party ringtones. But the biggest advantage of jailbreaking is the support of unapproved apps such as iBlackList (blacklists and whitelists for contacts) and many others."
Upon reading this I thought simply, "so, hang on, people are actually truly dumb enough to pay $879 AU ($695 US at time of writing) ( http://store.apple.com/au/ ) for this?!".
You can't run your own applications. To me this is unbelievable. I recently purchased a Palm OS based phone for cheap (off eBay, couldn't get one new ( see my earlier "Good Products are hard to find" post ) and I have so much cool freeware on it it hurts! I've got a RSS/Website feed reader, email client, file manager, PDF viewer, dictionary, thesaurus, complex alarm clock, speech synthesiser, movie player (XVid, Quicktime, etc - you name it), Automatic call recorder, SMS Scheduler, Complex SMS auto-replier, C Compiler and Interpreter, VNC client, SSH client, Source code editor, Text editor, Barcode scanner, Midi editor, XMPP client, Google maps, IRC client, Programmable Remote control, Web browser, a GB/NES/SNES (yes, SNES, as in Super Nintendo Entertainment System)/SMS/SMD etc Emulator and about 4 gazzilion games. This doesn't include the built in apps either, these are just the FREE (as in cost) apps I installed. Stick that up your App Store.
People who own iPhones, just like those who own iPods, deserve what they've got.
For me though, the best bit is "After jailbreaking, a user will be able to customize the iPhone with home-screen wallpapers and third-party ringtones". Riiiiight, so out of the box, you can only have a wallpaper or ring tone that Apple sells/gives you?!
To be fair, with this new model they've added MMS support and copy/cut/paste, voice memo's too! - Apple REALLY lead the pack in tech don't they. Although, they are still missing some features Telstra's $99 AU ($78.55 US at time of writing) T6 ( http://shop.telstra.com/ ) phone has like a built in FM radio, video capture, expandable memory using microSD and proper Bluetooth that works with other Bluetooth devices, not just Apple ones. Oh, and the Telstra T6... I bet it supports having your very own background.
Disclaimer: Please note that the iPhone does actually come with a GPS receiver built in and 16Gb (albeit a hard drive not memory) whilst the T6 only has 45Mb but this comparison was more about showing what a rip-off the crap iPhone is and not how great Telstra's crap T6 phone is.
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Glad I'm not alone :P
not everybody is an awesome hacker like yourself ;)
I modded the balls of my PSP.. megadrive baby!!! lol even ps1 games ;)
i'm happy with my lill' skype 3 phone :)