People always talk about jalibreaking and unlocking, but what does it actually do? Isn’t it the same thing ? While they might be related in that they give you more control over your iPhone, iPod or iPad they are in fact not the same.
So just what is jailbreaking and unlocking ? And what’s the difference between them?
The basic differences between jailbreak and unlock is, jailbreak allows you to control what software you install on your iPhone or iOS device and unlocking allows you to change the carrier that the device works with.
You see Apple likes to control what software can be install on your iOS device. Only Apple approved apps can be installed from the Apple Apps Store. But there is loads of other apps available through other stores than Apple’s App Store. These apps aren’t available through Apple’s App Store because Apple rejects them as they violate Apples terms of service or they compete with Apple’s own apps or they are just really poorly coded apps that don’t work as they should.
Jailbreak is not just an Awesome ACDC song, you can jailbreak your iPhone using various tools. There is a whole tutorial on how to jailbreak your iPhone with Redsn0w here. If you want to jailbreak your iPhone 4 you can use an app called evasi0n,you can download the apps under the downloads section of this website here. If you want to see our guide on how to jailbreak and iPhone 4 click here.
Redsnow allows you to remove Apple’s restrictions on your iOS device which allows you not only to access the Apple’s Apps Store, but also allows you to access all the other available apps. Most of these can be accessed or purchased through Cydia which is the leading alternate apps store.
A locked iPhone means that you will only get service on that carrier that your sim card is with. If you try to put in a different sim card from a different carrier into your iPhone you won’t get any service. Unlocked iPhones don’t get all the features that a locked iPhone will get.
So that’s all there is pretty simple 🙂