Should he do it?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Boca, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Boca macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2008
    Gave my 11 yr old my old 3g to use as an ipod. He wants to jailbreak it so he can use Cydia (peer pressure at school).

    What's the downside of him jail breaking an old 3g that is not used as a phone only a pod?

    thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to all those who recognize it.
  2. andy9l macrumors 68000

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    Downsides? None. Risks? Plenty. Especially with an 11 year old (no offence intended, just honesty).

    The iPhone's file system is completely unlocked and open. Cydia is a third party, unofficial 'application' which fiddles with and modifies the file system as is necessary for the unofficial app you (or your son) is installing.

    You can, "always" restore if things do go wrong. I say that in quotation marks because not everything will be repairable - but 90% of issues caused by Cydia app/theme installs will be. I suppose Cydia is relatively safe in that sense. I doubt that your 11 year old son will be into SFTP/SSH connections (??), but if he does start messing with that, things could get messy; very quickly.

    It's like walking closer to the center of a frozen lake. Eventually the 3G is going to give - but he'll have a world of fun along the way.
  3. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2009
    Long Island
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    The biggest downside I could see is that he installs something that will kill the battery life or app cracking software.

    I haven't seen anything in cydia that can't be fixed with a simple restore on DFU mode.
  4. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    well you don't have a warrenty on it anymore so i see no harm in doing so.

    Any trouble he gets into you can always plug into itunes and click restore and BAM fresh iphone 3g :cool:
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I agree.
    Nothing he can screw up with when it comes to software than cannot be undone with an itunes restore.
  6. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2009
    What school is your 11 year old going to where kids are pressuring him into jailbreaking his iPhone?! Kids these days...:p
  7. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    If he really wants to wow his friends he should install bootlace and android 2.2 on the 3G.

    He'll be the belle of the ball.
  8. rgarjr, Nov 23, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2010

    rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    probably the biggest downside is having your son install a bunch of cracked apps. :cool:
  9. chargit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2010
    Evansville, In
    Heck the Freekin Dev Team wasnt much over 11 when they got started! :cool:

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