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  • Rock Your Phone [ LAUNCH ] - iPhone Application Stores Abound

    The AppStore has been around a good while now. Cydia now has a retail aspect, which is being built out even more as you read this. And adding to the mix, Rock Your Phone, which we've been beta testing a while, is now live.

    Rock Your Phone actually includes their own jailbreak (or soft unlock, as they've decided to coin it) software as part of the process - you'll notice the procedure is fairly similar to Pwnage Tool, but a little different, and branded Rock Your Phone. Some Dev Team help was actually put into building the application. Mario Ciabarra, creator of Rock Your Phone, says "Without the Dev Team's help, and the entire independent iPhone community - this wouldn't be possible - so we are very grateful for their help and dedication. We are intending to give back to the community as well."

    One of the big pushes Rock Your Phone is advertising is every application purchased through RockYourPhone (which allows payment through PayPal, and all major credit cards) comes with a 10 day trial - you don't buy it unless you like it. Any app in their store can be installed free, and used for 10 days.

    A unified experience is another big push they're excited about. Applications can be purchased through the online store at RockYourPhone.com, through the mobile application, or through the desktop client (which works on OS X AND Windows, folks - although Mac users will need a hub, heh - sound familiar?).

    The app DOES require you to go through their "soft unlock," even if you're jalbroken already, but it won't mess with any of your Cydia apps, nor your AppStore apps. It sits side by side with Cydia and the AppStore, and in fact you can even see your Rock Your Phone apps wiithin Cydia in your installed packages (although the reverse isn't true).

    EDIT 03/14/09: The latest version of Rock Your Phone no longer requires their soft unlock if you've already jailbroken - it will simply install the Rock Your Phone app. Again, that means if you've already jailbroken, this will just install the app - no other "soft unlock" or anything is necessary.

    The application offerings are currently pretty slim pickings - there's 5. Those include Vonagent ($9.99) and IntelliScreen ($9.99), two applications which you're most likely familiar with. Elert (free) and IntelliDial ($2.99) are two other applications in the store, which are productivity enhancing apps. Elert allows you to see a popup notification of incoming emails, and IntelliDial allows you to browse contacts on your lockscreen in a CoverFlow format, and dial from there.

    The fifth app is pretty nifty, actually - custom profiles with MyProfiles ($12.99). Here's the feature list:
    • Custom alerting of email based on Subject, Sender, Sent Only to You, and Mail Accounts.
    • Custom alerting of SMS messages and missed calls based on caller phone #.
    • Modify the Vibrate Pattern so you can be quietly alerted to a specific email.
    • Repeating Alerts for Email, SMS, and Missed Calls.
    • Silence Calls via WhiteList or BlackList
    • Escalating Rings and Vibrate 1st then Ring
    • Adjust WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Push Email, Auto Lock, and 3G based on Location, Time of Day, and more.
    • Automatic rules engine to enable profiles
    • Manual Override Profile by holding down the home button and pressing up and down on the Volume buttons.

    Overall, this is a solid system. The trial feature is nice, and the complete experience is pretty easy. It's not a Cydia replacement, as it isn't looking to distribute free software - which is where Cydia shines. It's more a commercial alternative to Cydia. (Cydia has thousands and thousands of packages, many of which are themes, and is constantly growing - with a subscriber base of over 1.5 million). Where Rock Your Phone shines is their solid retail aspect (which really is their niche - a full service independent iPhone Application Store), and the user experience. The setup is definitely attractive to devs and end users alike though, so it will be interesting to see how this app grows. I'd like to see how Cydia Store and Rock Your Phone compete, with such a large base already using Cydia. I'm pulling for them both - competition breeds innovation.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rock Your Phone [ LAUNCH ] - iPhone Application Stores Abound started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 160 Comments
    1. jwilcox09's Avatar
      jwilcox09 -
      Sounds interesting. I like the Elert app. Sounds cool.
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      sounds alright
    1. llew's Avatar
      llew -
      Well, 12,99$ for a beta is a bit harsh. Nevertheless I think it's great someone programmed what Apple should have done in the first place.

      But even when its stable.... 12,99 for profiles? Whooooo. Pain.

      I think these new "underground" stores are a good thing, let's hope they will normalize the prices one day.. I think 4,99 for a profile app would be fair enough for everybody. I mean, I can get a full blown great SMS app for 5 bucks (biteSMS), for example.

      [EDIT] How do you get this on your (already jailbroken) phone?? Looks to me like this will only work for virgin iPhones
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Sounds pretty cool, Elert looks good, SMS like alert on lockscreen would be good. Elert is by Inetlliborn and I really didn't like Intelliscreen that much.

      Get Rocking
      Go to that link for instructions.
    1. Jgamble317's Avatar
      Jgamble317 -
      ehhhhh...idk i dont really see it going anywhere. i mean with the Cydia Store launch and the appstore already here...idk i just dont seem to want three installing applications..two is already too many
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Custom profiles... neato
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      hmm.... interesting

      im in!!!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I'm anxious to test and see how well MyProfiles integrates with iBlacklist and irealSMS.
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      I'm in too. I like elert.

      Well it didn't work and I'm also having issues with Cydia updating/installing. Hope it's a separate issue.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      If you have a custom boot logo installation of Rock Your Phone reverts it back to the factory Apple logo... not a big deal I suppose.
    1. agentalexandre's Avatar
      agentalexandre -
      If I apply the application install on my iPhone, will it do a restore? Or will it just install the Rock my phone app?
    1. phreakwenci's Avatar
      phreakwenci -
      Wait.. Can you do this on an already jailbroken iphone? I'm confused by the lack of mention on the website.
    1. r1994augusto's Avatar
      r1994augusto -
    1. cabinets's Avatar
      cabinets -
      Installed it but it wouldn't download my profiles.
    1. llew's Avatar
      llew -
      Two questions...

      - Can this simply be installed as an app (without the whole jailbreaking process, described here: Rock Your Phone Installation) ?

      - How do you pay?
    1. dallasnights's Avatar
      dallasnights -
      tried it not working right, tried to install the software on iphone, goes into restore mode, sits there and sits there for like 30 min and says installing on phone, but nothing
      Cancelled, then reconnected phone and it moved back to normal
      Not sure what is wrong, anyone????
    1. KeviN | NiveK's Avatar
      KeviN | NiveK -
      They Have "Rocked" Me
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      any talk about having this as an option to install with quickpwn and pwnagetool with future firmware upgrades? they're gonna be seriously shooting themselves in the foot if they're always going to require a second "soft unlock"
    1. llew's Avatar
      llew -
      Quote Originally Posted by rel1215 View Post
      any talk about having this as an option to install with quickpwn and pwnagetool with future firmware upgrades? they're gonna be seriously shooting themselves in the foot if they're always going to require a second "soft unlock"

      You mean it's cydia _OR_ Rock installer? That would be BS and cydia, hands down.

      Why don't these guys offer an easy installation method for their store? Maybe a .deb file or a windows/mac installer for the store only for already jailbroken phones?
    1. b3nny's Avatar
      b3nny -
      i'm seeing a lot of questions that are already answered right in the post if you ACTUALLY read it lol. read the whole story before you ask questions peoples, hehe

      apparently you can install this on already jailbroken iphones and it sits alongside cydia and plays nice, but you DO have to go through their "unlock" (jailbreaking) process to install it. also the story says you can see your rock your iphone apps in cydia but not vice versa.