Have you ever considered jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch? or perhaps you already have. According to a recent story in the New York Times 6.7% of us have a jailbroken iPhone or iPod, potentially creating headache for the people at Apple.
Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch involves hacking the software to open it up to work across other mobile networks, or to be able to use applications that can not seem to get past Apple’s strict application rules on the iTunes App Store, dissallowing any application that could potentially be harmful to their income stream.
Whenever a company tries to protect their income stream by limiting the usage of their products, there are those out there that will do what they do best to give the consumer an option, whether deamed legal or not. The jailbreaking of iPhone or iPod’s have become a race between the people that hacks the devices and Apple constantly removing any “holes” in security to lock them back out again.
For the user there is both value and dangers in jailbreaking your device. Value is that you will not be locked to the a singular network, or that you will be able to use many of the great applications that currently do not get access to the iTunes App Store. The dangers is of course that by jailbreaking your device you loose any warranty and tech support should anything happen to your device, which with any hack could happen.
No one has quite been able to put a number on the size of the jailbreaking market, but the New York Times have estimated it to about 2.3 million devices, based on roughly about 37 million iPhones and iPods sold.
Are you among those that have jailbroken your iPhone or iPod Touch? if so we would love to hear your experience about it, good or bad, so please leave a comment to share with the rest of us. Also please take the survey on our homepage.