I was never really the jailbreak type. The concept was enticing, but I never really felt like doing it. I understood having the added features, but I still loved my iPhone regardless of whether I could quickly turn off the wi-fi or use the sleep button to launch the camera. And I was always legit with my carrier, so I never needed an unlock. Awhile back, the jailbreak.me website launched and I jailbroke my iPhone 4 without even really realizing it. So, for 4.0 and 4.1, I had a jailbroken phone... and it was pretty badass, I won't lie. Besides having the phone do my bidding, I also indulged in some unsavory ways of getting apps. Now I'm not here to condone piracy, but I will admit to it. In reality, I think most people have probably given into the "free demon" at least once before. So save the lecture, if that is indeed where your mind went. I know it's wrong, I know that I can be fined, I know that our developers need to eat too... but there's a point to all this. The release of 4.2.1 was so long coming that I decided that jailbreak ready or not, I would update my iPhone 4... and I did. Besides missing SBS settings a little bit, the only thing I truly missed was the open-bar mentality towards the App Store. If I saw an app and thought it was cool, it was MINE... even if my bank account was in the lower double digits... But all that was gone without my jailbreak. While I was flirting with copyright infringement, I came across apps that I would have never given the light of day had they not been "free"... and it was a whole new iWorld. I fell in love with some apps that I later wondered how I ever lived without. I kept saying that if only they had a 'lite' version or something, I would have bought this AGES ago. But the fact that those were gone made my Apple fanboyishness fade a bit. My geeky little heart no longer had that leap of joy before I slid-to-unlock. So I took a deep breath on the next payday and spent about $55.00 in the app store in one afternoon, buying the apps I had stolen and loved and having that warm feeling of actually doing the right thing and paying the devs their dues. Would I have come to this awesome revelation if I had an immediate or timely jailbreak for 4.2.1? Probably not... But you know, I've learned something today. I pirated apps not because I wanted to steal or break the law, but because I just wanted to see if they were for me. Sometimes when apps cost more than usual, its easy to just pass over them and not even read the description... then simply depend on websites for your app buying guides. But the app store is hundreds of thousands of apps deep and there's SO much out there. I wonder, if devs were allowed to implement a "demo" or "lite" mode of their apps how many more people would see the value of an app and decide to shell out the extra money for an unlimited license. (That is after all what we do on full-fledged computers. Why not mobile devices too?) I realize that lite options are out there for some apps... but definitely not most apps in the App Store. I did a bad thing by stealing the apps, but I ended up actually buying them. Jailbreaking and pirating actually made the app store money in a roundabout way. (in that instance I mean, definitely not generally) I know that not all people on the internet are as thankful or cognizant as I... but it still got me thinking. What do you guys think? edit: I want to make it clear that I am not generalizing about the jailbreak community. there are good fellows out there who jailbreak their devices, but are honest... and not thieves like me. tl;dr?? I jailbroke my phone and stole apps. Then I restored my phone to normal, but ended up buying the apps anyway. This would not have been possible had I not broken the rules first, so I think there should be a more significant way for people to preview apps... then maybe they'd be more likely to buy them.