Unlock and jailbreak your iPhone
If you are wondering about whether or not to unlock your iPhone there are a few things that you should know first. While unlocking is generally considered to be a good idea since it allows you the option of using a SIM card from the GSM carrier of your choice, jailbreaking has raised questions as to the risk of altering your iPhone’s software.
First of all, rest assured that jailbreaking and unlocking your iPhone is perfectly legal. The term “jailbreak” itself might lead some to believe otherwise but since this does not affect the phone’s radio tarnsmission nor does it involve backward engineering Apple’s proprietary software. However, Apple does have a strict policy regarding the factory warranty which they offer with the purchase of your phone. In short, if Apple discovers that your phone has been jailbroken or unlocked by a third party, your warranty will be voided.
The good news is that since Apple’s products are manufacteured to a meet very strict quality standards you are unlikely to ever require exercising a warranty claim. Most things that go wrong with iPhones are not covered by the warranty. These popular repairs include broken screens and malfunctions due to liquid damage. Add to that the fact that your warranty expires one year after the date of purchase and you are left with little reason not to jailbreak and unlock your phone.
While unlocking your phone allows you the freedom of using your phone with different phone companies including those outside of your native country, jailbreaking offers many benefits also. Jailbreaking your iphone will give you access to Cydia. Cydia is a third party application which allows thousands of third party apps to be installed without the requirement of registering with the App store. As a result the majority of the apps found in Cydia are free. This will allow you to more fully explore the capabilities of your iphone without spending a lot of money in the process.
For anyone who might still be concerned about voiding their warranty with Apple I should add that a full restore through iTunes will remove all traces of both a jailbreak and an unlock.