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  • iPhone Jailbreaking = Job Opportunities


    For one tech-savvy student at George Mason University, iPhone jailbreaking has provided a great opportunity to break the bank. Kevin Lee, a senior studying computer science, says he works full-time as an iPhone jailbreaker, earning upwards of $50,000 a year hacking iPhones that belong to his "customers" - a pool that is widening by the week.

    From a simple ad on Craigslist to a full-fledged business, Kevin Lee was profiled nationally yesterday in The Washington Post because of his successful and lucrative operation. “To be honest, when I first started, I did it for my friends, myself, but it has snowballed from there,” said Lee. “I was getting five to 10 customers a week, now it’s 30 to 40. I just had one customer from the Mongolian embassy who was moving to the capital of Mongolia, and he wanted to use the iPhone there.”

    One has to wonder if all this attention will somehow result in Apple "contacting" Mr. Lee in some fashion about his extracurricular career.

    Still, The Washington Post piece went on to detail how the jailbreak industry is "losing its anti-establishment character." One example of this newfound reality is the recent Toyota campaign that offered a free program on Cydia’s store, promoting the company’s Scion sedan.

    Adding insight to the piece was MMi co-founder Kyle Matthews: “We’ve seen expansion across the board. The Toyota ad and theme, to me, meant there was a turning of the tides and that jailbreaking is becoming more mainstream,” Kyle said. “The industry just keeps increasing; there are even repair stores that will jailbreak for you.”

    To read the full Washington Post article, click here.

    Source: The Washington Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Jailbreaking = Job Opportunities started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 288 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark Syn View Post
      The extra $10 would cover shipping costs (if any) and for the service of the product.

      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
      What service? what if there's no shipping even if there was it's like 2 bucks so where the other 8 going towards.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Your whole situation isn't making sense syn!
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Just forget it. 2 days without sleep has my head scrambled. Next time I fix someones screen I'll tell you what I charged. I haven't fixed a screen in a few months.

      Besides, you are missing the goddamn point. What I do to fix/repair things has NOTHING to do with apps being free or paid.


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    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      What's that have to do with making money off of jailbreakinfg a device
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      As far as I can tell over the few years any Cydia/App Store app that started life as a free app as stayed as a free app.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      As far as I can tell over the few years any Cydia/App Store app that started life as a free app as stayed as a free app.
      +1
      Now they may have added ads and you have to pay 2.99 to be ad free but still they are free
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      People have always made money from JB.
      Not sure I approve but they don't ask for my approval so what the heck.
      I've never charged for anything - but then I owe the iPhone community more than I can ever repay.
      The people that do most work get least thanks - and more hassle!
      It never ceases to amaze me how much these guys do and seeing other people making money off their work does grate a bit.
      But, if they don't complain, it's not my place to do so.
      If others want to make money they will find a way of justifying it. Nothing anyone says here will change that.
      Dark Syn seems to have made a lot of posts in this thread - his views are not those of most of us.
      But if we all agreed then there would be no need for a JB....
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I'll say this, nobody will win a dispute against ignorance and lack of logic. I say we all quit and go support our developers while anyone who thinks good hard work should be free can sit alone in the corner and wish day and night for things in life to be free.
      You're nice aren't ya? I'm ignorant and contain lack of logic because I don't agree with how cydia's evolving? You're the one who's lacking logic for failing to get the whole point of what I posted before.
      I simply stated I don't like where cydia is heading and think it's wrong.
      And are you insinuating that I do not support devs? Of course I do...as I've said before I've donated quite a few times. Or is a couple of $10 here and there not good enough to please you? Where's your $100 check?

      One last thing. You're hypocritical. Like you've never wished something were free before.




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    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      What's that have to do with making money off of jailbreakinfg a device
      Absolutely nothing.


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    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark Syn View Post
      Absolutely nothing.
      Than why was that brought up in this thread?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Why do Trolls bring anything up?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Why do Trolls bring anything up?
      Careful bud

      Don't be insulting members that goes for everyone not just him.
    1. MrSwitzrland's Avatar
      MrSwitzrland -
      I'd do for free. I didn't make the software, only reason I would charge is to donate to Dev-Team.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      He is a Troll.
      He insults people and adds nothing of any use.
      This is why I could not be a Mod here. I would have banned him
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Guys please dont insult other members. Also respect other mods.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      She. It's a 16yo she. Amazing what you can find with an ip address and a networking major.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      Guys please dont insult other members. Also respect other mods.
      A troll is a troll.

      I have great respect for mods and they seem to give me far more respect than I deserve....
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      If the mods dont do anything you do not have a right to take action. Im sorry
    1. bonum83's Avatar
      bonum83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      I hate when people charge for jailbreaking.
      I hate that I pay X amount of dollars for an electronic, but it cost a couple of cents to make?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by STRAYunINFIDEL View Post
      If the mods dont do anything you do not have a right to take action. Im sorry
      I did not 'take action'.

      I merely pointed out that IMHO he is a Troll.

      As with everything I say, it is my opinion only, people are free to ignore me or disagree if they like.

      After all, what do I know?