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New CDMA iPhone Creates Doubt on Jailbreak Possibilities
The CDMA iPhone will be released on February 10, a month from now, and until one of those hackers actually handles it, we’ll have no way of knowing whether current jailbreak tools will work or not. But chances are a CDMA iPhone jailbreak tool will indeed be offered sooner or later.
Step-by-Step Procedure to Jailbreak iPhone on unlockediPhone.info
The company www.unlockediPhone.info has clearly given more importance to user-friendliness since the actual unlocking takes lesser time to complete than one might imagine. Unlocking the iPhone is now a step-by-step process of firstly selecting the right version of unlocking software custom built for the particular model of iPhone one owns and having once paid and installed the same, the customer is no longer restricted to use their iPhone on only one network. There are video tutorials to help the user along the way in case of any doubts and this move is appreciated by the software’s users many of whom do not have much experience using a computer let alone in unlocking an iPhone without issues. Had I known earlier that unlocking my iPhone was this easy and safe, I wouldn’t have waited so long to do it. was the feedback given by one customer in Maryland.
How Jailbreaking Differs from Sim Unlocking
Jailbreaking is different from SIM unlocking, which, once completed, means that the mobile phone will accept any SIM card without restriction. Cydia creator Jay Freeman estimates that more than 10% of all iPhones are jailbroken.
Carrier locks, otherwise known as SIM locks or network locks, are a feature of GSM phones, not CDMA phones. GSM phone service subscribers have SIM (subscriber identity modules) cards which, when inserted in their GSM phones, identify each subscriber on the network. Subscribers can change devices simply by popping out their SIM card and inserting it into another device. GSM phone manufacturers provide hardware and software features that allow network providers to “lock” phones to accept only certain SIM cards. For example, only SIM cards that contain particular mobile country codes (MCCs) or mobile network codes (MNCs) – such as AT&T.
When Microsoft released the Windows Phone 7 here in the US, one of the first observations was you had to agree to the Genuine Software Activation for the device. This is similar to what Microsoft does for desktop software with security updates to try and make sure you have a licensed copy of the software. The same is true with the mobile phone OS. When you got to Zune, Windows Live, Marketplace and Xbox Live, it checks to make sure you have a genuine copy of the OS. They do not want anyone to modify their OS or hack it in any way. We saw much of the same thing with the iPhone.
The goal of this is to have control over the OS for development and have standards along with the ever important security. If the OS can be changed, it would mean the code kernel code could be changed by malware or viruses. Not something you would want to see. As with the iPhone, we now have a jailbreak available for the Windows Phone 7, called ChevronWP7 and is available now. The phone has been out for less than a month and this is now available. Without this app, the only apps you could download to your phone were from the Marketplace, which limits what you have access based on Microsoft. This is something that a number of people want to expand and pull in apps that may still be under development or not in the Marketplace. As with the App Store, things have to be approved.
The unique thing about this jailbreak is they are calling the ability to load:
Unlocking allows the sideloading of experimental applications that would otherwise can’t be published to the Marketplace, such as those which access private or native APIs.
Sideloading is the term applied as an alternative method of loading files than the normal one as expected by Microsoft via the Marketplace. This requires a computer and a USB cable to the phone to complete. You can develop some of your own apps and test them on your phone without having to go through the developer process.
As with Apple, Microsoft has indicated that jailbreaking your phone could void the warranty, render the phone non-functional and all the other legal jargon in an effort to have people consider not using this. As with this kind of hack, you are on your own with Microsoft if you have problems. Since we now have a jailbreak for the phone, this would tend to indicate increasing interest in the Windows Phone 7.
Whilst many are still enjoying the Thanksgiving turkey, select geeks/hackers are working on ways to help you save 50 cents. Earlier this month, Microsoft’s next-gen mobile operating system Windows Phone 7 based smartphone had started hitting the U.S. markets. Just before it went en masse, three guys – Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng released WP7 unlocker tool – ChevronWP7. With this tool, any WP7 phone can be unlocked and applications can be side-loaded without the need of a developer account.
Now, you might be thinking why on earth you would unlock/jailbreak the WP7? To be honest, the first defense would be that jailbreaking for fair use is now legal in U.S. Earlier in July, Library of Congress passed a ruling that unlocking and jailbreaking the mobile phone is legal. Here’s a snipped that connects to this ‘unlocking’ tool.
Computer programs that enable wireless telephone handsets to execute software applications, where circumvention is accomplished for the sole purpose of enabling interoperability of such applications, when they have been lawfully obtained, with computer programs on the telephone handset.
Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and istartedsomething blog author Long Zheng together devised the ChevronWP7 tool to unlock WP7 device without a Marketplace developer account. Once you’ve unlocked you can side-load ‘experimental’ applications that weren’t or can’t be available through Windows Marketplace – Microsoft’s App Store.
ChevronWP7 is a simple executable file which can be used once a WP7 handset is connected to a PC via USB cable. Just in case you can’t get it running, a number of fixes are suggested in the blog post. This tool works with Windows XP SP2 and higher versions. This tool can’t perform SIM unlocks and is more of a jailbreak tool.
Now this WP7 unlocking tool has raised all the concerns and rumors about Apps Piracy. In response to those rumors, all three guys mentioned in their stand against piracy that they don’t condone piracy. Technical aspects are clarified:
All Marketplace application XAP packages are sufficiently protected so that you cannot sideload to run them on any unlocked device (official or with our tool). We have no intentions or knowledge to break that protection. (You can still run legitimately purchased and downloaded applications after unlocking)
It’s like the door of innumerable possibilities has been opened and Microsoft should foresee all possible outcomes in the future. Either Microsoft can patch those holes or let users take the other path where experimental packages can be installed. Clearly, we see another Cydia-like entire Package Manager in the making.
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