Yesterday I posted on Twitter that I had finally decided to jailbreak my iPhone 4 if only to get a hold of one of my favorite apps, iBlacklist. A friend of mine asked if it was actually worth it to jailbreak and my answer is a resounding, “yes”.
Sure, at times it can be a bit of a pain if you’re worried about updating your iOS every time Apple releases an update but the folks over at Dev-Team are usually very good about releasing jailbreak updates extremely quickly in response to any major iOS updates.
Some people may feel intimidated by the thought of jailbreaking their iPhone but it seriously couldn’t be simpler. Go to limera1n.com, choose your OS and download the .exe file. Once you have the file downloaded, connect your iPhone to your computer, run the file and follow the instructions. Your phone should be up and running and ready to go in just a few minutes. Once you’ve jailbroken your phone you can uninstall limera1n from your phone.
OK, enough with the geeky techno-jargon. Let’s get to the fun stuff. The reasons why it’s worth jailbreaking your iPhone, the must have apps you just can’t get through the App Store. Click after the jump for apptacular goodness.
- iBlacklist – iBlacklist is the best call blocker and sms selector available for the iPhone. It ables you to select from who you want to receive calls and hide messages. It also removes the sms popup preview protecting your privacy, has parental control mode by blocking outgoing calls, can be fully scheduled and many other features. It also lets you block private/unknown numbers as well as keep an ongoing blacklist(s) of numbers you’d like to block and what action to take for each blocked number. Cost: $12
- MyWi – Create a WiFi HotSpot with a press of a finger! Wherever you are – you can connect your laptop or other mobile device to your iPhone/iPad easily to use your iPhone/iPad’s data connection. MyWi™ 4.0 has been rebuilt from scratch to bring tethering support to iOS 4! Will work with all jailbroken iPhones (including 2G/3G/3GS/4) and iPad on 3.1.2 or later. Cost: $19.99
- My3G – My3G lets you choose some or all of your apps to basically fool them into believing you’re on a WiFi network. For instance, FaceTime only works over a WiFi network, but using My3G you can “trick” FaceTime into thinking it’s on a WiFi network even when you’re only connected to 3G. Same goes for Skype, YouTube, etc. Cost: $3.99
- iRealSMS – iRealSMS is like your native messaging app on steroids, lots and lots of steroids. It’s really what the native iPhone messaging app should be like. iRealSMS 3.0 fills the gap with Folders, Drafts, etc., and then comes with features such as QuickReply, QuickSend, Contact Pics, Smileys, Templates, Search Feature, Forward via Mail, Privacy Settings, Password Lock, Character Counter & much more! Use it as a FULL Messages app replacement or just take advantage of the QuickReply & QuickSend. It also an extremely cool Voice to Text for incoming SMS including Voice Interaction feature which is great especially if you’re driving. It will actually read your text message for you. (See also BiteSMS which I tried but felt like wasn’t as feature rich as iRealSMS.) Cost: $12.69
- LiveClock – This is a cool, simple app that has only one purpose, it turns your native clock into…guess what…a live clock. Instead of perpetually showing 10:15 and only being right twice a day, live clock shows the current time, including an animated second hand on your clock icon. No, there’s not a lot of functionality to this and sure you can look up at the top of your phone and see the time but it’s still a very cool app and, if nothing else, a conversation starter. Not to mention the price is right. Cost: Free
- CyDelete – CyDelete is another simple, free app but one that adds a cool, usable function. It allows you to delete and uninstall Cydia apps right from your springboard just like your App Store apps. Without CyDelete installed you would normally need to go into Cydia to manage and remove your apps, CyDelete circumvents that and makes it much easier to remove any unwanted apps installed on your phone. Cost: Free
- WiFi Sync – Wi-Fi Sync enables wireless syncing with iTunes at the touch of a button. Never go looking for that USB cable again. Sync from the car, bed or shed whenever it suits you. Let’s face it, how often do you actually hook your iPhone up to your computer and back it up? Probably not often enough. With this app you’ll never have another excuse to have the latest greatest sync of your phone backed up on in your iTunes. Cost: $9.99
Infinifolders – This is another one of those apps you really shouldn’t need to buy but if you’re an iPhone power user you may well find it helpful. You know how iOS was so sweet and gave us the ability to add folders for our apps. Well, for some unknown reason, they also limited that ability to have twelve apps in each folder. Infinifolders does exactly what it sounds like, it disables that limit and allows you to put as many apps as you like in your folders. It even gives you the option to style what your scrollbar will look like once you’ve started adding more apps. Cost: $1.99
- IntelliScreen – Need to know where your next meeting is? Do you have any new email? What about a quick glimpse at your SMS/Text messages or weather? Want to catch the latest news, but Safari is too slow? IntelliScreen allows you to glimpse at your critical data on your iPhone “Slide to Unlock” screen. For all you old school BlackBerry users this is basically an iPhone version of Pocketday’s today screen for BlackBerry. I personally don’t like all that cluttered stuff on my home screen, but there are some people who absolutely swear by this app and would probably curl up into a fetal position and cry if you tried to make them live without it. Cost: $9.99
- Piss off Steve Jobs – OK, granted, this last one isn’t an app at all but it’s still a pretty damn good reason. You paid a lot of money for your phone and while the App Store does have tons of cool stuff for you to download, you’ll more than likely fine that the coolest, most useful apps you can put on your iPhone are located on Cydia and not in Apple’s app store so why not just go for it. What’s the worst that can happen? You restore your iPhone and never look back, it’s a win/win.
What do you think? Is your iPhone jailbroken? Are there any “must have” apps out there that I missed? Let us know in the comments.