Just How Dangerous Is Jailbreaking?

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  1. VictorJordan macrumors newbie

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    I plan on buying an iPhone in a few weeks/months,and I'm 50/50 on jailbreaking it. I was wondering how dangerous it is to an iPhone,and is it similar to hacking a PSP(something I have experience in)?
     
  2. Loves2spoon macrumors 65816

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    Please don't jailbreak, you'll make Uncle Steve cry! :eek:
     
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  4. VictorJordan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I heard it can damage your iPhone if youre not carefull.
     
  5. CarloVonSexron macrumors member

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    Jailbreaking killed my cat and knocked up my sister.


    I don't even have a sister :confused:
     
  6. Illusion86 macrumors regular

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    I already jail broke the new iPhone 4 software. It's so easy.
     
  7. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    You heard wrong. All you have to do is restore the phone if there is a problem.
     
  8. VictorJordan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm more in favor of jailbreaking knowing that now thanks.
     
  9. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    If 'not being careful' is pulling out the plug while its doing it stuff, or dropping your iPhone and jumping on it while its jailbreaking, then yes you can damage it :rolleyes:


    But in all seriousness, you have to be pretty dumb to mess something up. It's riskier if you have to be on another carrier and HAVE to have it unlocked because if you upgrade/restore wrong you can make your iPhone un-unlockable.
     
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    If you make a mistake, you can brick your phone. If you read the hacks thread, you'll see stories of people who screwed up their JB. Most of them are user errors, but if you think it's a possibility then don't do it.
     
  12. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    You cannot permanently brick it.
    You can always put an iphone in DFU restore mode and restore to factory settings.
     
  13. Penguissimo macrumors 6502a

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    This is actually 100% true if you have an original iPhone and want to unlock it for use with other carriers.

    That is, assuming you use the original method, which required soldering, instead of the one-click tools available today ;)
     
  14. vbman213 macrumors 6502

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    The only part of any iPhone that can be "bricked beyond repair" is the Baseband.
    An iPhone with a bricked Baseband will still "work", it just won't be able to connect to the cellular network.

    Baseband modifications are only made during an UNLOCK not a jailbreak. Jailbreaking does not even touch the baseband. So if you have no intentions on unlocking your phone, and you just want to jailbreak it, you are 100% safe.

    The baseband does not have a "DFU" mode like the main system. Once your baseband's software gets F'ed up, its dead for good.
     
  15. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    If a phone can't connect to the cell network, I personally wouldn't consider it "working".

     

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