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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. Team Infecti0n's Avatar
      Team Infecti0n -
      I have a friend who works at a mall repairing iPhones. I later told her to offer jailbreaking and unlocking for iPhones, later rooting Androids. Look at her earning so much more money...
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark Syn View Post
      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
      Apparently you don't understand the time it takes to photoshop all those themes. I've seen guys take 6 months to complete a theme. And if a devs makes a tweak where they had to write several over their own API's, they deserve to be paid for their work. It's free. But as in speech, not beer. People need to learn that.
    1. Goof's Avatar
      Goof -
      Lol. I've been using Dev Team's tools to jailbreak iPhones for money for years now.

      He isn't the first.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      many people are lazy. I've had grown adults come to me and ask me to jailbreak. Me I charge anywhere between 15 and 25 depending on what they need exactly. My time doesn't come cheap
    1. Yamms's Avatar
      Yamms -
      I agree, no money to be asked for services provided by the community. Its a give and take game. I have helped plenty of people jail breaking their devices free of charge, .. Thanx once again to the Dev Team for the input. Cheers
    1. sephiroth726's Avatar
      sephiroth726 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      I hate when people charge for jailbreaking.
      If you have people that want it but are too nervous to do it themselves that are willing to pay then why not, they're the ones paying, I've jailbroken several phones and people have offered to pay just because they were afraid to run it themselves, I never took money but it's not a bad idea...
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      to Quote iH8sn0w

      Quote Originally Posted by iH8sn0w View Post
      “Even though this sounds awesome ( Jailbreaker Making 50,000 Dollars a Year Unlocking iPhones - iDygest) it is wrong in MANY ways. JB/UL'ing is 100% free.”
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by Yamms View Post
      I agree, no money to be asked for services provided by the community. Its a give and take game. I have helped plenty of people jail breaking their devices free of charge, .. Thanx once again to the Dev Team for the input. Cheers
      That was your choice
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fventura03 View Post
      these people in my area charge 70 bucks to have your phone jailbroken and install00us installed so they can download illegal apps with no remorse for the damage they are doing to the people who make everything possible, the developers behind apps and the dev team.
      And there's people who will charge 70 bucks to paint your house with stolen paint too. Big deal
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Umm piracy is a big deal and this is not with this news post is about. Please stay on topic
    1. dabisnit's Avatar
      dabisnit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Michael Essany View Post


      For one tech-savvy student at George Mason University

      Source: The Washington Post
      It said tech savvy, maybe he's making the tools
    1. LesPaul96's Avatar
      LesPaul96 -
      Clever idea, but if the Dev Team doesn't charge for jailbreaking, then why should people who just press a few buttons charge?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Think of it like this thinking why people are doing this. You can easily call AT&T or T-Mobile and get your phone unlocked. Simple but you are LAZY and if you just pay 25 bucks then it'll be done for you
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      I hate when people charge for jailbreaking.
      Sometimes it's necesary, you know? Some people don't want to risk bricking their device, and you can't just wante your time doing it for free for 30-40 people a day.
    1. Johnboy00's Avatar
      Johnboy00 -
      Nothing wrong with charging for his time. I wonder if he filed tax returns with those jailbreak earnings reported, and if he considered that before telling his story to a big newspaper.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by Johnboy00 View Post
      Nothing wrong with charging for his time. I wonder if he filed tax returns with those jailbreak earnings reported, and if he considered that before telling his story to a big newspaper.
      lol probably not
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      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 when home depot rents out trucks for $$ per hour, some of that money made should be donated to the car company?
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dark Syn View Post
      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
      I agree with most of that, but shouldn't devs whose apps were rejected by apple be able to sell them through a third-party dealer? That's like saying when HP wants to sell a laptop to bestbuy, and they reject it (bad example), they either need to have it at walmart for free or nowhere at all?
    1. CodeNinja68's Avatar
      CodeNinja68 -
      I see no problem, same thing as people that pay for tech support when google is free and easier to understand
    1. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      Anybody who relies on a complete stranger to jailbreak there iPhone is dumb... I wouldn't be surprised if he backed up there data and extract it later!