iPhone 3G: The Joy and Danger of Jailbreak (Part 1 of 2)

UPDATED: Posting on iPhone 4 here.

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In my previous posting, I had discouraged readers about jailbreaking the iPhone (or iPod Touch).   I have since received numerous requests to review the jailbreak iPhone and a kind soul has generously supplied me with a unit for my personal experience.

To the uninitiated, jailbreak is the term used to describe an iPhone which is locked to the telco and iTune Shop to free the owner to use other telcos and install applications from other than iTune Shop.  If you have such a need, you will have to jailbreak your iPhone (and that applies to iPod Touch as well).

In this first part of a two part segment, the first thing that you must do before you jailbreak your iPhone is to know how to restore it back to factory default settings using iTunes.  This is most important in case something happens to your iPhone which you least expect and affects the proper use of the device.Check out this site to learn how to do the soft reset and the hard reset to your iPhone.  Soft reset is to restart your iPhone leaving all content intact, much like a forced reboot of your iPhone.

  • Press and hold the Home button below the screen for at least six seconds, until the application you were using quits.
  • If that doesn’t work, turn iPhone off and turn it on again. Press and hold the Sleep/ Wake button on top of iPhone for a few seconds until a red slider appears, and then drag the slider. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.

Hard reset is the ultimate restart of your iPhone wiping out everything and restoring factory default settings. way to force the iPhone to restart. It does not wipe out anything, merely forces the iphone to shutoff and start again. Thanks to a reader who pointed this out.

  • Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

When you encounter problems with rogue applications that prevent your on-going pleasure to use your iPhone, do the hard reset.  This can happen in a jailbreak iPhone if not done properly.

If you have a rogue application that hangs the device, try the soft reset first to restart the system again.  If this doesn’t work, you will have no choice but to do the hard reset.  This can happen when you start downloading applications that have not been properly tested and verified which will misbehave on your jailbroken iPhone.

RESTORING THE IPHONE: Thanks to a reader (Jason McCabe) who pointed out the missing notes on this crucial item, it is important for you to know how to put your iPhone back to the original factory default.  It is not merely deleting your date because when it is already “hanged” (not working or in the so-called Apple death logo permanently), you must do a complete restore.

Follow this official link to check out how to restore your iPhone 3G.  Good luck!

Jailbreaking your iPhone opens up a new dimension of experience where you can try out all sorts of applications, especially rogue applications that can give you unforseen trouble.  Be extremely careful when attempting to download and install applications from sites which you are not familiar with.  Also be aware that some of these applications may be illegal, especially the “cracked” applications.  You have been warned.

When you do the hard reset, you can always restore your content – music, video, ringtone, applications, etc. – via iTune on your notebook, provided you have backed up your iPhone previously.  iTune will install all the content you have set to sync with the iPhone.

In short, jailbreak frees you to try applications supplied beyond the iTune Shop.  It allows you to try other operators.  With such freedom comes great responsibility.  Please do not load illegal applications.  Pay for the ones you want to use so that the authors have the resources to build newer and better applications.  Otherwise, be happy with the trial versions or the lite versions which are free.

I guess when there’s a way to get your iPhone (and iPod Touch) back to the original state, jailbreaking the device doesn’t sound so bad now.  Especially if you have someone you know who can do it for you.  If you don’t, you will want to pay someone for the service.  I will not be describing how to jailbreak your iPhone in my postings.  There are loads of postings on the Internet to guide you, including YouTube content.

In the next segment, I’ll share with you how the jailbroken iPhone performs.  Will I get to enjoy more?  We shall soon see.  I’m waiting for a friend to do the honor of jailbreaking my iPhone right now.  Can’t wait to get it back soon! 🙂

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4 Responses to “iPhone 3G: The Joy and Danger of Jailbreak (Part 1 of 2)”

  1. The restore information here is incorrect. You restore you phone by hitting the restore button in iTunes.

  2. Total rubbish, a hard reset does NOT restore any factory settings and does NOT wipe any data.


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