Friday, November 09, 2007

Peer Pressure?

I've watched an interesting situation develop amongst my customers over the last two months and equally in the MacRumors forums about the various iPhone updates that Apple has released.

It seems as though MOST people who are "jailbreaking" their phone are doing it for no reason or purpose other than to be a "Wannabe Hacker".

Yesterday, I asked a customer of mine who has an iPhone why they unlocked their phone if they don't have any 3rd party applications on it. He's a 7 year (and no other carrier) subscriber to AT&T/Cingular. He does use iToner (the custom ringtone app) but it doesn't require the phone to be hacked at all.

His reply was interesting, mostly because I would consider him the most novice of computer users:

It runs faster and there's less problems with the phone. It also lets me roam onto other networks and lets me make custom ringtones.


I asked if he had been having a lot of crashes with the phone and he replied, "No I had just read about it." I asked him to show me any of the third party applications on the iPhone and all he showed me was INSTALLER - an app that Jailbreak installs.

For clarification: the iPhone / AT&T has the largest network in the country, if by chance it needs to roam onto T-Mobile because there are no AT&T towers it will do so by default. The only thing the iPhone locks you into is who you pay your bill to - AT&T. Futhermore, iToner DOES NOT hack your iPhone - it's more of a trick. It makes your iPhone think that the custom ringtones you make are ones that the iPhone should recognize as native/system/included ringtones.

It seems that the only reason he hacked his iPhone was to be a "wannabe" - sorry if you're reading this, but at least I did tell this to your face yesterday.

Here's some interesting comments from the MacRumors forum about the latest iPhone firmware update released this morning:

"Jailbreak 1.1.1 is working just fine for me. I'll stick with that. Thank you very much."

"Wow, people are downloading this before apple gives it to them, and I'm planning on doing my best to avoid the thing for as long as it takes to hack."

"Apple needs to give me some incentive to unjailbreak my iPhone."

"I don't want to be a part of the Apple AT&T tyranny - I wish they would just sell the thing unlocked"

In regard to the last forum comment I posted - T-Mobile has 1/5 of the subscribers of AT&T in the USA - that's just about the only other choice for carrier Apple could have made. I'd like to add an important observation to the mix that I don't think many have considered with Apple's partnering with AT&T. AT&T stores are consistent and they are just about all clean and very well laid out. This can't be said for the majority of T-Mobile stores in the US. Most T-Mobile stores I've seen are trashy and seem to staffed by temp firms. I've never seen an AT&T (Cingular) corporate store that was trashy or even the slightest bit dirty. The same goes for Verizon. Although the majority of their stores ARE clean and well laid out, I've always felt like I was in a circus atmosphere in their stores. I think Apple chose AT&T just as much for this aspect of AT&T than it did for just about any other.


Anonymous said...

hey chose AT&T because they were smart enough to let Apple have their complete way with the design of the hardware, something Verizon would never have allowed.

I think you nailed it on the hacking. Many people are doing it just to show they can, and haven't a clue about its alleged "benefits". If they looked at all the hack apps available they'd see the benefits are few.

FYT said...

Tom, it's odd ...

None of my customers even kept up with the firmware on their Nokia phones. Two customers had the same 6201i's as I did - that saw 3 software updates over the course of 1.5 years.

While it was a GREAT phone it occasionally crashed under the original software.

I don't think they do it because they can - I think they do it to be cool or pretentious.