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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. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Typing up my Craigslist ad as we speak
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Thats awesome 50k a year for doing jailbreaks that technically anyone can do for free is crazy. Smart kid tho
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      I hate when people charge for jailbreaking.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      I hate when people charge for jailbreaking.
      Why
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      I don't think there's anything wrong with charging, it's the suckers that pay that are the problem. Shame on them for being too lazy/busy to do it themselves.
    1. blazeman563's Avatar
      blazeman563 -
      Let's all think about this one.... Here is a guy that is using free jailbreak tools provided by people who offer the tools for free and he is in turn charging people and making money off of this tool. I think he should donate some of that money to the people who make it possible for him to make the money. Just my opinion.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by blazeman563 View Post
      Let's all think about this one.... Here is a guy that is using free jailbreak tools provided by people who offer the tools for free and he is in turn charging people and making money off of this tool. I think he should donate some of that money to the people who make it possible for him to make the money. Just my opinion.
      Whose to say he hasn't
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Quote Originally Posted by blazeman563 View Post
      Let's all think about this one.... Here is a guy that is using free jailbreak tools provided by people who offer the tools for free and he is in turn charging people and making money off of this tool. I think he should donate some of that money to the people who make it possible for him to make the money. Just my opinion.
      So by this logic shouldn't electricians be donating to the estate of ben franklin? I mean after all, it wasn't them that discovered electricity.
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      To all you people complaining, you don't understand FOSS. cf. Red Hat.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by blazeman563 View Post
      Let's all think about this one.... Here is a guy that is using free jailbreak tools provided by people who offer the tools for free and he is in turn charging people and making money off of this tool. I think he should donate some of that money to the people who make it possible for him to make the money. Just my opinion.
      I've always been completely biased on this whole thing... But you make some very good points. It's got me thinking now. Although I wouldn't charge for a jailbreak but if I did I'd do like 20% of my proceeds would go to the devs. Just my op
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      Why
      Just think it is really lame and a lot of people will "throw" in cracked apps. I see it all the time on cragislist. "I jailbreak for 25$ and give you 250$ worth of apps" just a bunch of clowns making money off other people's hard work
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      Just think it is really lame and a lot of people will "throw" in cracked apps. I see it all the time on cragislist. "I jailbreak for 25$ and give you 250$ worth of apps" just a bunch of clowns making money off other people's hard work
      It's called capitalism.
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      I have another idea... open a website.. wait for other websites to post news.. then repost that news on your own site... oooooo ****.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by blazeman563 View Post
      Let's all think about this one.... Here is a guy that is using free jailbreak tools provided by people who offer the tools for free and he is in turn charging people and making money off of this tool. I think he should donate some of that money to the people who make it possible for him to make the money. Just my opinion.
      Some people don't want to mess with the jailbreak process because they are afraid of messing up their device, or the simple reason of not being tech-savvy enough to do so. I myself have jailbroken at least 20 friends and family's phones.... And some have paid me to do so.

      Wish I could make 50 G's a year doing so. That's for sure!!!
    1. djrbx's Avatar
      djrbx -
      I agree with a lot of you guys that jailbreaking should be free especially since the tools released are free, but you still need to realize that even though the customers can get the software and do it themselves fairly easy, not all of them have the tech knowledge, to scared, lazy, etc. to do it themselves. This guy charges not for the jailbreak, but for the service and time. I do agree that part of the proceeds should go to the developers of the jailbreak he is using though.
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gthugballin View Post
      I have another idea... open a website.. wait for other websites to post news.. then repost that news on your own site... oooooo ****.
      Lolz
    1. The Amazing Atheist's Avatar
      The Amazing Atheist -
      I don't like the thought of people charging others to have their device jailbroken. It'll be a waste of money if the jailbreak malfunctions and a restore is needed.

      I jailbreak for free, I believe jailbreaking shouldn't come with a price. That's why it angers me seeing cydia slowly turn into the AppStore. Hell even themes cost money now. It's not right, this isn't what jailbreaking was intentionally for.


      Sent from my iPod touch using ModMyi
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      We might be on to something here. I say charge money to jailbreak peoples devices, but donate to the devs that make it possible. Kinda like tithing to a church. Give a percentage of what you make.
    1. sub zero's Avatar
      sub zero -
      Quote Originally Posted by gthugballin View Post
      I have another idea... open a website.. wait for other websites to post news.. then repost that news on your own site... oooooo ****.
      Aww man that was pretty funny. I want to put this on my sig but I'm to lazy.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      Just think it is really lame and a lot of people will "throw" in cracked apps. I see it all the time on cragislist. "I jailbreak for 25$ and give you 250$ worth of apps" just a bunch of clowns making money off other people's hard work
      I see you point there but for the jailbreak alone charging to do it not that big of a deal. I do it. Some people just don't have the time or technical enough to know how to do it. So charging because people are lazy or just don't get how to do it I am all for it