why?

hurricanes305

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why jailbreak? what are the benefits? i think of the saying ''if its not broke dont fix it'' it just seems like when u get into jailbreaking it creates more problems then it solves. this is especially true when i had android.
 

saving107

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Oct 14, 2007
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I don't have specific numbers but I can take a guess that a large portion of the threads created on here asking for help because something is wrong with their iPhone is somehow due to a jalkbreaking (or some bad tweaks).

Thats why when someone asks for help I always ask if their device is Jailbroken, if the response is yes then I move on to help someone else.
 

Applejuiced

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why jailbreak? what are the benefits? i think of the saying ''if its not broke dont fix it'' it just seems like when u get into jailbreaking it creates more problems then it solves. this is especially true when i had android.
Then you shouldnt JB.
Its not for everyone and if you're happy with the way your iphone is stock then dont bother.
 

hurricanes305

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Then you shouldnt JB.
Its not for everyone and if you're happy with the way your iphone is stock then dont bother.
oh im def not, just curious as to why others do? im guessing the age demographic is the 18-21 year old range and its the ''cool thing'' to do.
 

verwon

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Jul 26, 2011
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No, clue! I pretty much did the same, read all the problem threads, saw most are due to something from a jailbreak and saw no point.

I love my iPhone, as is and it's the first I've had that I haven't started complaining about after a few months! :p
 

Applejuiced

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oh im def not, just curious as to why others do? im guessing the age demographic is the 18-21 year old range and its the ''cool thing'' to do.
I wouldnt say its just an age thing.
Just some people are power users or like the added functionality of a JB iphone.
Personally my iphone 4S became 100 times more usefull and better to me since the JB came out.
There's packages out there that are a must have to some of us used to JB devices that when on stock firmware there's just too many things missing. Even though the iOS is great to begin with there's always room for improvement and some stuff you can change or add with the JB that will probably never be allowed by Apple.
To each his own though.
 

PaulyD

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I wouldnt say its just an age thing.
Just some people are power users or like the added functionality of a JB iphone.
Personally my iphone 4S became 100 times more usefull and better to me since the JB came out.
There's packages out there that are a must have to some of us used to JB devices that when on stock firmware there's just too many things missing. Even though the iOS is great to begin with there's always room for improvement and some stuff you can change or add with the JB that will probably never be allowed by Apple.
To each his own though.
My thoughts exactly and can't sum it up any better. Few examples of the ones below

Folder enhancer - now got games in 1 folder instead of 5, 12 apps a folder is far too limiting.

Badge clear - now clearing notifications in notification centre actually clear the badge on the app

Zephyr - Can slide down for notification centre, why not slide up for task switcher? Makes it so much more easier to multi task quickly without having to double click home button all the time

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The you get the ones that help you a bit more, make it more appealing, apps like Springtomize which can edit the screen, icons, status bar, folders etc to your liking. Fullscreen for Safari which makes the most of the 3.5" screen etc.
 

takeshi74

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why jailbreak?
Subjective matter. I jailbreak for better GV intergration. If you want to look into it then read up in the Hacks subforum and look through the available GB apps (or the countless prior "Why jailbreak?" threads).

As stated above, if you need to ask why then don't worry about it.

I don't have specific numbers but I can take a guess that a large portion of the threads created on here asking for help because something is wrong with their iPhone is somehow due to a jalkbreaking (or some bad tweaks).
Unfortunately, guessing without numbers really doesn't mean anything. Anyone can guess anything and all guesses are just as valid as each other no matter what the guess is coming up with.
 
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SurferMan

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why jailbreak? what are the benefits? i think of the saying ''if its not broke dont fix it'' it just seems like when u get into jailbreaking it creates more problems then it solves. this is especially true when i had android.
Has nothing to do with age, how about the fact that it let's you use/install programs that Apple should have from the beginning. or fixes issues with iOS stock program. i.e. FolderEnchancer removes Apples dump folder setup and restrictions so you can do what you want, like have a game folder with folders inside for categories (different types of games) or vice versa for other stuff like business, along with no limit on amount of apps like Apples stupid 12 apps per folder system. Or biteSMS which make IM so much better, or SBSettings integrated into the notification center with toggles vs having to go through menus and settings to do the same thing you now can do in one click.. could go on and on.

"if it's not broke don't fix" doesn't exactly apply, if that were true there would be no need/use for the jailbreak community of which the number of users whom do so point out the need for it. There are so many useful apps disregarding themes and stuff (which is still great to give the phone a fresh look and UI with stuff like Barrel).

If you have to ask....you don't get it. Does not create more problems, I own an GS2 as well, if you had problems with rooting and rom'ing your Android obviously you didn't know what you were doing, just like the people whom post on the Android forum stuff like this thread when the putz used the wrong kernal or wrong version of rom or rom period for X phone, or programs that were incompatible etc, and then wonder why there are issues, when all they had to do was "read".

Over the years of jailbreaking, I've had more issues/glitches with stock iOS then jailbroken iOS.
 
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GoCubsGo

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Feb 19, 2005
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why jailbreak? what are the benefits? i think of the saying ''if its not broke dont fix it'' it just seems like when u get into jailbreaking it creates more problems then it solves. this is especially true when i had android.
Jailbreaking allows nearly full control over your phone, something Apple doesn't provide.
 

cynics

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Jan 8, 2012
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For every thread that is a problem that is actually related to jailbreaking there are two more threads of people asking how to do something that can only be accomplished via jailbreaking.
 

F123D

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Sep 16, 2008
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How are you stock iPhone users enjoying multi-tasking? Or notification center? Or banner notifications? Or camera directly from the lock screen? Or using the volume button to snap photos?

These are just some of things people have been enjoying on their jailbroken iPhones before apple implemented them.

If your thinking is "if it's not broke don't fix it". There's no reason for apple to keep updating their OS each year then, is there?
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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How are you stock iPhone users enjoying multi-tasking? Or notification center? Or banner notifications? Or camera directly from the lock screen? Or using the volume button to snap photos?

These are just some of things people have been enjoying on their jailbroken iPhones before apple implemented them.

If your thinking is "if it's not broke don't fix it". There's no reason for apple to keep updating their OS each year then, is there?
Bam, the man has a point:D
 

chakraj

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Feb 6, 2008
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oh im def not, just curious as to why others do? im guessing the age demographic is the 18-21 year old range and its the ''cool thing'' to do.
My guess is that the people who start threads with one word titles, and in the thread ask questions that can be answered by a simple google search are probably between the ages of 14 - 17 and are doing it because its the "cool" thing to do.:cool:
 

shadrap

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I love bitesms and mywi. They are enough to jailbreak. But there are sooo many more things you can also do. I stick to these and the phone stays stable.