Has AT&T ever caught you Jailbreaking?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by tevans333, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. tevans333 macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Just curious is AT&T has ever cought someone with a Jailbroken phone and what they have done about it. I am going to jb my iphone4, but don't want to lose my service or lose my unlimited data plan.
  2. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    Why would AT&T care about a jailbroken phone? As long as you keep paying the bill every month, I don't see a problem.
  3. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    You're allowed to JB your phone now legally so what difference does that make to AT&T? The only issue that might come up is if you use your phone to tethering purposes and the data usage on your account spikes. Even at that point, AT&T will probably make you upgrade your plan or something so they can squeeze more money out of you.

    The only issue that's of concern to AT&T is if you unlock your phone as well. Then they'll probably get pissed and do something to you that will cost you more money.
  4. MikePA macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2008
    Neither of these will happen when you jb.
  5. Loves2spoon macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2010
    I'm posting this from my jail cell... I walked into an AT&T store and jail broke my iPhone in front of the store manager, she was furious. Security escorted me to the back room where my iPhone was searched for illegal applications and free tethering. The police were called and I was handcuffed...

    After being thrown in the back of the cop car I was taken to a nearby apple store and....

    Stay tuned for the next episode of "I jailbroke and my carrier hates me"
  6. chargit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2010
    Evansville, In
    what a drama....Im setting my Tivo so I dont miss the next episode....hope this doesnt get cancelled!
  7. zmulleni macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2010
    Damn, you too?
  8. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    Only Apple cares if you jailbreak (maybe) with regard to warranty coverage being denied (possibly).

    Just restore before asking for warranty replacement.
  9. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    Yeah the AT&T police are gonna come get you...
  10. KidStallyn macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2008
    They've done absolutely nothing....because everyone at the store I go to has also jailbroken their phones....
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  12. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    Oh you naughty boy ! :mad:
  13. impulse462 macrumors 68000


    Jun 3, 2009
    Before the iPhone 4 came out, my friend and I went to the local AT&T store in the mall, because I just wanted to make sure what my eligibility status meant.

    At the time I had the 4.0 GM Seed installed on my 3gs, so the guy is like "you can easily check your eligibility from you phone", so he takes my phone from me and was shocked that I had 4.0 early and he showed another employee who seemed equally shocked. was weird

    cool story i know
  14. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    Ya know .... I walked past an AT&T store yesterday and all of a sudden lights started flashing, alarms went off, then there were these black helicopters flying above me. Never realized what it was ..... guess their Anti-JB super snooper caught me. DAMN!
  15. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    Only Apple cares if your Jailbreak, and they only care because they run the App Store. As the gatekeeper for application distribution they have an obligation to all App Store developers to take appropriate step to deter piracy.
  16. mustnotsleep macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
    its flawed logic because if apple embraced cydia there would be far less piracy. most people jailbreak to gain extra features, not pirate apps. however, when they are totally out of apple's grasp, apple has little to no influence over their actions. and so then they follow their incentives, checked only by individual morality with regards to intellectual property.
  17. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I'd like to believe that, but it's simply not true. Unfortunatly almost everyone I know who Jailbreaks does it primarily for free App Store apps. Jailbreaking is the only means of bypassing Apples DRM. If Apple can make Jailbreaking impossible, piracy essentially goes away.
  18. Kayan macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    I don't think that if Apple embraced Cydia there would be less piracy. This is follwing the notion that JBers are Piraters...Pirates will pirate until they chose not to, not until Apple opens things up.
  19. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    I think Apple should do what Google did and have an API call to check to see if a phone's IMEI is allowed to run that app. This result can then be cached so subsequent app launches don't have to re-query the servers.

    This way, an app is protected against piracy regardless if it resides on a jailbroken phone or not.

    Of course, the true pirates could go in and edit the .ipa file and redistribute these, but this would make the job a *lot* harder, and an app developer could even have tamper checks built in that detect this and blacklist IMEI numbers. Security would be in the app itself, as opposed to relying on iPhone's walls.

    This is a win/win situation for everyone. Apple keeps its app store revenues and doesn't have to be pushed to make their phones harder to JB. App Store publishers get their cash. People with JB phones can have their applications. The only people left in the cold are the pirates.
  20. qckslvrsiete macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    Just because everyone YOU know Jailbreaks for free App Store apps, doesn't mean everyone, or even the majority of people who jailbreak do it for that same reason. Everyone I know who Jailbreaks does it primarily for carrier unlock and a few other UI tweaks (five columns, five icons, sbsettings). Aside from that, they use it as usual. In fact, I was discussing Jailbreaking with a few people who were thinking of doing it for themselves last weekend and their first question was "Can I still use the App Store to get apps?".

    So I guess since most of the people whom I know who have Jailbroken phones don't pirate, it means that I'm right.
  21. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    That's basically what Apple does and why jailbreaking is required for piracy. To run hacked apps on the iPhone you modify the system library that checks the license and make it ignore the unique identifier, or modify the app to not require it.
    Apple doesn't want to Black list a customer, because that means you have lost them and their money forever.
    Also Piracy is pretty rampant on Android, so I wouldn't follow their model. I go so far as to say it's far worse than on iOS.
    FYI - I have seen official App Store Apps that detect JB phones (through modified system plists) and refuse to run.
  22. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    :rolleyes: It doesn't matter who knows whom. Most research places iOS and Android piracy at between 40% and 95% of the per app user base (depending mostly on the cost of the app). What matters most is that 100% of iPhone piracy occurs on JB devices.

    Keep in mind that the 40% - 95% estimation is heavily skewed since it only represents the 10% of the iOS market who JB. It's just that people who pirate apps tend to have a LOT of apps.

    FYI - I JB and do not pirate any apps. Infact spent $20 just today in Cydia and Rock.
  23. macslayer118 macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    My 1st gen iPhone was unlocked and I let my brother, who had T-Mobile use it. About a month ago, we decided to get him added to my AT&T line and we went in with the phone jailbroken, unlocked, everything. They didn't care, but I thought it was pretty funny.
  24. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    this was my rep after he found out!!!!


    not really my rep asked me what theme I was using when I was replacing the sim. AT&T doesn't care and some apple reps don't either!
  25. openendstraight macrumors regular


    May 5, 2010
    La Vegas
    if Apple and AT&T offered the services and features I want I wiould not ajil break.

    Tethering an no extra charge ( I have paid for the data already)
    3G face time
    Custom SMS ring tones
    Infinity folders

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