iPhone 3GHere and there around the Internet you see mentions of people “jailbreaking” their iPhone. What does this mean?

Due to the fact that the iPhone is exclusive to AT&T in the United States, people with other carriers were out of luck on getting to use the phone.  Several groups of hackers worked on ways to “break” the iPhone so that it could be used with the carrier of their choice, and get to used custom built applications people were coming up with.  Every time a firmware update came out, Apple would defeat the jailbreaking… for about 2 hours.

However, with the new contract for the iPhone 3G, AT&T will be requiring either activation in the store, or at-home activation within 30-days of purchase or they will begin assessing penalties.  Until someone finds a way around purchasing the phones, jailbreaking the 3G will be useless as you will still be paying for a contract with AT&T to subsidize the purchase price.

So is there any hope for using the new iPhone with other carriers in the United States?  Doubtful this time around.  It is a shame that Apple chose AT&T out of all the carriers out there because everyone here at StarterTech refuses to use them for various reasons.  Was there ever a more iPhone-friendly crowd?  Too bad none of us will have one until AT&T exclusivity ends in 2010.

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