Thinking of jailbreaking my 3gs for backgrounder...

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Mjmar, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. Mjmar macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    I'm not familiar with jailbreaking, and I'm not sure what the risks are. If I do jailbreak my phone will it run more slowly? Also, what is the possibility of it being bricked and unable to use? All I want to do is run Pandora and AOL Radio in the background...
  2. labman macrumors 604


    Jun 9, 2009
    Mich near Detroit
    I recommend

    you do some reading all the info you need has been posted many many many times

    quick answers

    slower: yes but doubt you will notice
    risk: you can't brick a Iphone!

    the rest read I love backgrounder you might check Categories too! best reason to unlock iMO! and no reason apple shouldn't allow both of these!
  3. Mjmar thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    How much slower are we talking about here? Will it still be snappier than the 3G?
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA

    The slowdown depends on how much crap you add to the phone. Obviously running a streaming music app in the background will have more of an impact than not.

    Just try it and if you don't like it restore.
  5. Mjmar thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2008
    Thanks.... I think I'm gonna do it when I have time.
  6. livingonvideo13 macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2009
    The only reason why I jailbroke my iphone is so I can run apps in the background and it is essential to me. Right now I am on a 9 day motorcycle trip and I wanted my iphone to track us live via gps. If I was not running the background feature, I would only be tracked if I had that program up and running which meant I could not do other stuff.

    Also I am using g-map for navigation and it is nice to be able to run it in the background. Normally every time you run g-map you have to hit the "I agree" button and then click on maps. When it is running in the background, I can quickly jump to another app, and then go back over to g-map without have to go through all the menus again.

    To me, the background feature is a must have.
  7. TheHeadFL macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2009
    I just kept adding things until I noticed a difference... well, I haven't really noticed one yet in day to day use, although I'm sure there is a negligible one.

    I'm running:

    OpenSSH (I keep it disabled when not in use)
    SBSettings + plugins
    LockInfo + plugins
    PDANet (I keep it disabled when not in use)

    ...all of which run more or less continuously some way or another in the background. And I can easily say that my phone still smokes a stock 3G.

    Plus, non-background stuff in Cydia can be great:

    Quake 3
    NES 3
    ScummVM (for old LucasArts games)
    Cyntact (awesome!)

    The 3GS has plenty of horsepower for all this stuff.
  8. iMrNiceGuy0023 macrumors 68000

    Jun 5, 2009

    PDAnet runs in the background when not in use?? If so will that slow down or just drain the battery?? or both?
  9. Vandam500 macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
  10. TheHeadFL macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2009
    If it is in WiFi router mode or USB mode it will run in the background. You can just turn it off easily.

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