Originally Posted by ivan.rnn01
How often do I launch Settings? Once or twice a month.
This is a sign of what type of user -cough
cough- we're dealing with...
Now, for something serious.
Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
The very fact that someone would bother to pirate a 99 cent or $1.99 app just illustrates what kind of mentality permeates consumer and geek culture.
Mostly, but not quite.
Maybe somenone bother to pirate a .99 app just because the app store in your country DOESN'T HAVE that app to sell... it's a matter to pirate it or not have it. I'm not saying it's right. I don't think we must burn them all, either.
1- Jailbreak IS NOT EQUAL Piracy. Period.
You do have to jailbreak an iPhone in order to pirate apps (it's a premise), but jailbreak is far from the piracy method itself!
Jailbreak is the way to have R/W access to iPhone file system.
Jailbreak installs a "repository ïndex" app on the iPhone (usually Cydia or Icy).
2- The patch required to run pirated apps is one among thousands of packages available in Cydia repository
(Cydia even warns that you're installing a repository used to spread pireted apps, urging you to don't, but not preventing you from doing so - someone would call this free will).
Equals Jailbreak with piracy is like saying that every iphone user bought it just to use fart applications. Which we all know that's not, .... right?
3- Many of the countries that have official iPhone carriers, have also other carries who doesn't.
Many countries doesn't have laws that forces carriers to legally unlock a phone.
Now, unlock hacks also uses a jailbroked iPhone FW in order to do the magic of allow the use of HW in other carrier. THERE IS NO WAY IN THE WORLD THAT THIS HACK, ITSELF, WOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW. IT IS AGAINST APPLE EULA, MAYBE, but frankly, if your phone is not covered by the warranty anymore, for instance, you have the absolute right to install whatever you care - as long as it's free - in a piece of hardware that is yours.
3- In the same way, many of the countries with official iPhone sales have lousy iTunes App Stores, with a few dozen apps, just to say that's there. (Not to justify piracy, but to explain it) Most of the people that pirate apps into iPhone, overseas, are doing so just because the flaws of the App Store. We'll not be naive to say that if they have access to a full app store they would stop pirating, but some of them would.
That said, please allow me to use my country - Brazil - as an example.
There's four major carriers (the WHOLE four major carriers) selling iPhones officially here.
I have one, with a contract from TIM (Italy) carrier. But I also have a GSM SIM from other carrier, who manages to offer long distance calls at a very lower price, so I'd like to be able to make calls from two different carriers. That's why I jailbroke my phone. I have no pirated apps, but I have MessageLog and Snapture, two fine paid apps from Cydia (formerly from Cydia, in the case of Snapture). I also have things like SBSettings ("no way to find something barely similar on App Store", this one's for dummies...
). Bottom line: for me, an iPhone without Jailbreak and some of the Apps / Utilities from Cydia, is a totally no go.
My wife have one, too. She have 23 apps installed on it. 15 of those, pirated. None of that 15 are found at the Brazil's app store. The other 8 have been bought from iTunes.
Is she right to do that way? Barely.
What are her options? None.
Sorry the poor english, I just can't stand dummies playing jailbreak/piracy nonsense.