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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. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      Yea, elert didn't work for me either. I tried it like 5 times and rebooted to no avail.. Oh well, I can do without it. At least my phone is in working order.
    1. slicknickbmx's Avatar
      slicknickbmx -
      Damn it...i should have waited till more people downloaded and i heard some reviews... just tried to install did everything it said to...i'm no rookie and now i have to restore my phone... be careful when doing this...i would wait for a while before installing
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I have no idea why everyone is having so many issues with getting stuck on the boot logo. It worked great for me no issues at at all.
    1. marcoiac's Avatar
      marcoiac -
      Wow, sorry to hear all these problems guys, but also, a big THANK YOU for sharing them. I didn't like the idea of a soft unlock, but I was tempted to try this. NOT ANYMORE.
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I have no idea why everyone is having so many issues with getting stuck on the boot logo. It worked great for me no issues at at all.
      Worked Perfect for me too .......
    1. rcotton's Avatar
      rcotton -
      I was weary. I tried it. It took like 10 min tops. It works and kinda I like it. Wish there were more apps.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      This sucks
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by marcoiac View Post
      Wow, sorry to hear all these problems guys, but also, a big THANK YOU for sharing them. I didn't like the idea of a soft unlock, but I was tempted to try this. NOT ANYMORE.
      yea i was too but when i started the process and saw i had to do some kind of unlock i stopped right away and went to the board to see what this was about when i found out u would lose cydia and all that I am no longer interested I will stick with Saurik and the others
    1. llj1137075's Avatar
      llj1137075 -
      I still have cydia and everything worked fine the second time around. First time it got stuck in recovery mode. but i just unplugged it. and opened the desktop application up again. Worked good the second time. But none of the applications will work? nothing shows up under manage. I've downloaded elert like 5 times. couple of time on the phone a couple on the desktop client. Any ideas?

      *edit*
      Seems I'm getting error 1020 unable to install onto my phone?
      Any help would be great.
    1. jjsan's Avatar
      jjsan -
      after installing rock your iphone my cydia just start and on screen loading just close itself. really nice
    1. RockSupport's Avatar
      RockSupport -
      Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Glenn and I am one of the members of the Rock Your Phone Team. We have been closely monitoring your feedback throughout the day and believe we have identified an issue with our desktop client that is causing the problems you have mentioned.

      First of all I want to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of Rock Your Phone. We have done testing with phones that already had Cydia installed but it is obvious that we missed the issue many of you have experienced.

      We will be posting an update to the Desktop Client that we believe will resolve this issue and provide us options for diagnosing and resolving any possible future issues.
      For those of you that completed the software unlock successfully but Cydia is now broken please follow these steps:

      1. Open the Rock Your Phone Desktop Client and you will be prompted to upgrade to the latest version (0.89.9).
      2. Once the Upgrade is complete and Rock Your Phone is restarted connect your phone.
      3. Right-click (Ctrl-click on Mac) and select “Reinstall Rock Your Phone”
      4. Once you are done Cydia should once again be able to launch and Rock Your Phone will be set to go.

      Now here is the unfortunate part but we are going to do our best to make it up to you. The applications you have installed via Cydia will still be on your phone but will no longer appear in your installed apps list on the Manage Packages tab in Cydia. You will need to re-install them via Cydia in order for them to reappear. You should not lose any custom settings for your applications.

      Now for the make it up to you part….

      We understand that restoring your phone (if it came to that) and spending time to get your beloved iPhone back just the way you like it can be a cumbersome process. Anyone that has registered on Rock Your Phone and has experienced issues with our process needs to simply email us at . In the email please provide your username (email address) and the name of the product you are most interested in getting. We will provide you a free license for that application for your inconvenience.

      At Rock Your Phone we are serious about providing the best possible experience for our customers. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please post them here or email us at .

      Note: Currently we require the soft unlock in order to install the Rock.app on your phone. We are working on an option for existing Cydia users to install the Rock.app without the need to perform the soft unlock.
    1. agentalexandre's Avatar
      agentalexandre -
      Wow! Such a fast response, and a quick fix! You guys are amazing, consider getting a job at Apple?
    1. llew's Avatar
      llew -
      @Rock Support:

      I think it's really great that you give those experiencing problems such a generous compensation!

      Now I regret it (no not really ) that I haven't installed it yesterday.

      I will do so though, when a stand-alone install option is available. What else could lure me into installing your app and buying in your store (and maybe other people, as well):

      - More reasonable prices (12,99 for profiles is extreme...)
      - Stable applications (profiles again... seems not to be usable as of now, according to Poseidon's experiences)

      Cheers!
    1. ares07's Avatar
      ares07 -
      the profiles stuff is VERY interisting
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I am not really interested in a third store. We have the app store for Apple approved apps and Cydia store for non approved apps, I don't really see the point of this and don't want to have to do another 'soft' unlock.
      Pity they can't just sell there apps through the Cydia store.

      On a more positive note it is nice to hear of decent support
    1. applestar's Avatar
      applestar -
      Quote Originally Posted by dallasnights View Post
      wont come out of apple logo, now I have to restore, Thanks bu no Thanks
      Does not play well with JB phone I think
      if nothing helps, try this. You phone doesnt even need SSH access (well, it has to be jailbreaked...)

      http://www.twiphone.com/2008/12/01/h...ut-ssh-access/
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Good find - I knew how to do it via SSH but didn't know how to do it using Diskaid.

      Thanks
    1. tosbsas's Avatar
      tosbsas -
      "Note: Currently we require the soft unlock in order to install the Rock.app on your phone. We are working on an option for existing Cydia users to install the Rock.app without the need to perform the soft unlock."

      This sounds very promising (:-))

      Ruben
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwilcox09 View Post
      Sounds interesting. I like the Elert app. Sounds cool.
      Yeah what he said.

      Quote Originally Posted by agentalexandre View Post
      Wow! Such a fast response, and a quick fix! You guys are amazing, consider getting a job at Apple?
      Yeah that was pretty fast.lol
    1. chriggis's Avatar
      chriggis -
      Hi modders. Been here since day 1 and jailbreaking from the early days. Just wanted to see what people thought about this 'rock your phone' thing. I was reading up on it and was relieved to find that the iphone devs had some input. The only thing is i was reading the FAQ's and came across

      Is Rock Your Phone affiliated with Apple?
      Rock Your Phone, Inc is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by Apple, Inc.
      Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, the iPhone logo, iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3G logo, iTouch, the iTouch logo, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and are being used without permission.

      Based on Apple, do you think their lawyers will sit back and watch this?
      With Os 3.0 on the horizon do you think installing it is a waste of time.

      just curious

      Chris