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Old Nov 24th, 2009, 01:12 AM   #1
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Is unlocking the same as Jailbreaking?

I am confused because people use different terminology.
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Old Nov 24th, 2009, 01:36 AM   #2
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Technically, two different things. While most who Jailbreak their iPhones will also unlock, they don't have to. However, you have to Jailbreak to unlock your iPhone, unless you somehow got hold of a factory-unlocked unit. (Which is highly unlikely.)

Jailbreaking opens up your iPhone to unofficial, unsupported, and/or pirated applications not purchased through the iTunes store. It also gives you access to several tweaks not normally available, such as Backgrounder which allows for multitasking, and GUI enhancements. (A favourite of mine is the 5-icon Springboard, I wish we could do that officially!) And of course, the Unlocker apps.

Personally, I wish there was a way to unlock the phone without having to jailbreak it, mostly for stability/security reasons. I love some of the stuff you can do with a jailbroken iPhone, but with the risk of these "infections" floating about and performance/other possible problems, I'll stick with a "stock" unit.
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Technically, two different things.
Nothing "technical" about it. They ARE two different things.

Jailbreaking refers to adding the ability to install apps independently of the Apple eco-system. I have to say (as I've consistently said elsewhere on this forum) that there is little benefit to doing this for most iPhone owners.

Unlocking refers to being able to use other GSM-compatible SIM cards (like those from the US, for example) with your iPhone.

See? Two entirely different things.

People get confused because a) the tools to do the former also do the latter, b) you need to do the former in order to do the latter, and c) people mix up terms all the time, and who can blame them? We're drowning in computer jargon these days. Ever heard someone say "tape" when they meant "disc" as in CD?
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Old Nov 24th, 2009, 10:29 AM   #4
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Lol, actually at the computer store where I work, I get people who come in asking for "blank cassettes" when they're looking for CD/DVD media. Then again, I also get people asking for LSD monitors, and the ever-popular hard-drive (aka COMPUTER.)

And yes, I guess "technically" was the wrong word to use. :P
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Technically, two different things. While most who Jailbreak their iPhones will also unlock, they don't have to. However, you have to Jailbreak to unlock your iPhone, unless you somehow got hold of a factory-unlocked unit. (Which is highly unlikely.)

Jailbreaking opens up your iPhone to unofficial, unsupported, and/or pirated applications not purchased through the iTunes store. It also gives you access to several tweaks not normally available, such as Backgrounder which allows for multitasking, and GUI enhancements. (A favourite of mine is the 5-icon Springboard, I wish we could do that officially!) And of course, the Unlocker apps.

Personally, I wish there was a way to unlock the phone without having to jailbreak it, mostly for stability/security reasons. I love some of the stuff you can do with a jailbroken iPhone, but with the risk of these "infections" floating about and performance/other possible problems, I'll stick with a "stock" unit.
It's near impossible to be infected with a problem on a jailbroken iPhone, besides the SSH exploit that's been going on and there's an easy fix to that: change the default password!
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