Benefits of Jailbreaking and Rooting Your iPhone and Android

Have been you been confused whether you want to Jailbreak/Rooting your mobile phone or not? Well, there are some of the benefits of jailbreaking and rooting include the following (depending on the limitations that the handset maker and/or carrier puts on a particular phone):

  • In the case of the iPhone, jailbreaking is necessary if you want to install any application that hasn’t been approved by Apple, such as GV Mobile, which is an unofficial version of the Google Voice app that the App Store rejected.
  • You may need to jailbreak to add custom notification sounds and ringtones (depending on your phone model).
  • Some apps are “crippled” by the carrier to work only when the phone is on a Wi-Fi network. For example, the iPhone only allows you to use Skype with Wi-Fi. 3G Unrestrictor is an unofficial app (available through Cydia) that allows you to use Skype and other similarly restricted apps when connected to the 3G network. FaceBreak is a jailbreak app that lets you use FaceTime on the iPhone 4 over the 3G network.
  • Jailbreaking gives you more options for organizing and managing files on the iPhone. You can use iFile to copy and move files, transfer files over a web server, and set permissions on files.
  • Jailbreaking the iPhone is the first step to unlock it, so that it can work with another GSM carrier’s SIM card. This is especially useful if you’re traveling overseas and want to use your iPhone without incurring AT&T’s horrific international roaming charges.
  • Another unofficial app that is a good reason for many people to jailbreak their iPhones is xGPS, a free turn-by-turn GPS app.
  • For pre-iOS4 iPhones, you had to jailbreak to be able to run background apps from third parties (multitask).
  • Rooting your Android phone can drastically improve its performance if you install a custom ROM that has been tweaked for performance. You can find apps that will overclock the phone’s processor, but you must have root in order to install them.
  • With some phones, you may have to root in order to install programs on the microSD card. Android 2.2 adds that ability, but some carriers may disable it.
  • Some custom ROMs add support for proxy and VPN.
  • For iPhone and Android phones, you’ll need to jailbreak or root the phone in order to run programs that let you turn the phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot so you can connect your laptop or an iPad to the Internet through its 3G or 4G network without paying an extra monthly fee to the carrier. This is something you can already do with the WMWifiRouter app on a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone (without any jailbreaking required) and that was, for me, the most compelling advantage of WinMo over the more popular phone platforms.


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