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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. agentalexandre's Avatar
      agentalexandre -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      The new OS X update to their program conflicts with Cydia.

      I got this message when launching Cydia after just installing the new version of Rock Your Phone for OS X which just came out today:

      1 Half Installed Package

      when the shell scripts associated with packages fail, they are left in a bad state known as either half-configured or half-installed. these errors don't go away and instead continue to cause issues. these scripts can be deleted and the packages forcibly removed.

      You can ignore this, or press Forcibly clear. When you press Forcibly Clear, RockApp is what it wants to remove.

      When I agree to Forcibly clear I get another warning:

      Removing Essentials - This operation involves the removal of one or more packages that are required for the continued operation of either Cydia or iPhone OS. If you continue, you may not be able to use Cydia to repair any damage.

      Great, looks like I'm restoring to get rid of this application now.

      BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD GUYS!
      All you have to do is click ignore and it still works. I still get the message, but it should be relatively easy to fix. Don't restore, just spend the extra millisecond clicking ignoe
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      Wow, thanks for the quick response RockSupport, your urgency and consideration for your customers is great, definitely makes up for the bad experience I had, thanks again, email sent!

      Edit: now my desktop app won't fully load and open after updating, but at least my iphone app still works.
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by agentalexandre View Post
      All you have to do is click ignore and it still works. I still get the message, but it should be relatively easy to fix. Don't restore, just spend the extra millisecond clicking ignoe
      Agental...Quick question, did you dload just the elert app or did you dload more? I was wondering if you dloaded the intellidial, since the process worked for you. Like I said, I really am interested in some of the apps RYP has and if the fix you described above works then i MIGHT consider taking a chance with this.

      Edit: Has anyone dload the intellidial app and if so what do you think of it.
    1. agentalexandre's Avatar
      agentalexandre -
      Quote Originally Posted by ninthchamber99 View Post
      Agental...Quick question, did you dload just the elert app or did you dload more? I was wondering if you dloaded the intellidial, since the process worked for you. Like I said, I really am interested in some of the apps RYP has and if the fix you described above works then i MIGHT consider taking a chance with this.

      Edit: Has anyone dload the intellidial app and if so what do you think of it.
      By the fix, what I meant was it should be relatively easy for RYP or Jay Saurik to fix. I haven't a monkey's about how to fix it. As for Intellidial, I'll have a look.

      Edit: Intellidial works perfectly, definitely a program I would pay for if I had the money Coverflow style is amazing.
    1. usermike's Avatar
      usermike -
      Quote Originally Posted by applestar View Post
      if nothing helps, try this. You phone doesnt even need SSH access (well, it has to be jailbreaked...)

      How to repair “Apple Logo Screen Of Death” (endless boot) without SSH access! | TwiPhone.com
      I've also had success using this fix with iPhoneBrowser. I just had to rename the mobilewatchdog.bundle folder to something else, reboot and then rename it back after the phone was up.
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      Quote Originally Posted by agentalexandre View Post
      By the fix, what I meant was it should be relatively easy for RYP or Jay Saurik to fix. I haven't a monkey's about how to fix it. As for Intellidial, I'll have a look.

      Edit: Intellidial works perfectly, definitely a program I would pay for if I had the money Coverflow style is amazing.
      That is what I thought. It sounded like the only one I would pay for too. Anyone else try the intellidial app yet?
    1. Miro89's Avatar
      Miro89 -
      it seems gr8 i am going to try it!
    1. RockSupport's Avatar
      RockSupport -
      All - Release 0.91.22 is out. It fixes the 1/2 package install error in Cydia and all known Rock/Cydia related issues to date. This release allows for installation on top of Cydia without the soft unlock process (about 1.5 minutes) and 10.5.4+ (including 10.5.6) is supported (intel based) along with XP/Vista.

      Thank you for your patience.
    1. agentalexandre's Avatar
      agentalexandre -
      Quote Originally Posted by RockSupport View Post
      All - Release 0.91.22 is out. It fixes the 1/2 package install error in Cydia and all known Rock/Cydia related issues to date. This release allows for installation on top of Cydia without the soft unlock process (about 1.5 minutes) and 10.5.4+ (including 10.5.6) is supported (intel based) along with XP/Vista.

      Thank you for your patience.
      Great, thanks for your great support . Any release date on a PPC client?
    1. lightmaster's Avatar
      lightmaster -
      Quote Originally Posted by RockSupport View Post
      All - Release 0.91.22 is out. It fixes the 1/2 package install error in Cydia and all known Rock/Cydia related issues to date. This release allows for installation on top of Cydia without the soft unlock process (about 1.5 minutes) and 10.5.4+ (including 10.5.6) is supported (intel based) along with XP/Vista.

      Thank you for your patience.
      I installed the new version, but I still the get 1/2 package error. Cydia also tells me that I have RockApp version 0.89 and RockApp 0.90 and Rock Extensions version 0.88 installed. I'm not sure, but should I have two different versions of RockApp?
    1. RvB80's Avatar
      RvB80 -
      I can never get past the Rock you Phone Status: Uploading. Even after 10 minutes, the upload bar is 0%. Like some of the apps, damn thing just doesn't work.
    1. tosbsas's Avatar
      tosbsas -
      what are we suposed to do now?? Download rockyourphone.exe again? How do we know the version number? How does it get on my phone without that soft-unlock?

      Questions???

      Ruben
    1. RockSupport's Avatar
      RockSupport -
      Lightmaster: I'm not sure what will happen, but you can try forcibly removing the package, then reinstalling. The update won't fix the existing issue without a redo of the quick install (simply ctrl/right click on your iPhone in the Rock Your Phone Desktop Client --> and choose Reinstall Rock Your Phone). This should fix the issue (although not 100%). I am sure that the issue is resolved for new installs.

      RvB80: Are you on a MAC? Are you using a Unibody macbook or on 10.5.6? If so, you need to use a HUB.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tosbsas View Post
      what are we suposed to do now?? Download rockyourphone.exe again? How do we know the version number? How does it get on my phone without that soft-unlock?

      Questions???

      Ruben
      The first time around it screwed up my phone and I had to do a restore. Being the adventuress person I am, I tried again with their update. Just go to their website and download the software again. Just install and follow the instructions. No more soft unlock. Worked great this time around.
    1. lightmaster's Avatar
      lightmaster -
      Yay. Finally appears to be working fine. It only to the original install, a restore (with no backup), a second install, an update, and a reinstall. Wow that was a pain. Lets hope it was actually worth it. Now I just have to reinstall everything from Cydia and the AppStore.
    1. artjr's Avatar
      artjr -
      The program will not run on my windows vista. I click on the RYP icon, it show up on my desktop PC screen for about 4 seconds, then disappears. The RYP never runs for me!
    1. RvB80's Avatar
      RvB80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RockSupport View Post
      Lightmaster: I'm not sure what will happen, but you can try forcibly removing the package, then reinstalling. The update won't fix the existing issue without a redo of the quick install (simply ctrl/right click on your iPhone in the Rock Your Phone Desktop Client --> and choose Reinstall Rock Your Phone). This should fix the issue (although not 100%). I am sure that the issue is resolved for new installs.

      RvB80: Are you on a MAC? Are you using a Unibody macbook or on 10.5.6? If so, you need to use a HUB.
      I'm on a Unibody MAC. However I have the USB connected to my external MAC keyboard and it still never progresses on the upload status.

      I've experience this problem since the first time I tired installing it onto my iPhone.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Thanks for the speedy updates to the OS X version. You've definitely solved a few problems. Now my guide can stabilize...
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      Quote Originally Posted by RvB80 View Post
      I'm on a Unibody MAC. However I have the USB connected to my external MAC keyboard and it still never progresses on the upload status.

      I've experience this problem since the first time I tired installing it onto my iPhone.
      After a PITA restore, I had to give it one more shot. It worked - finally. I too am on a unibody Mac.
    1. britcan's Avatar
      britcan -
      Cydia wont open and none of the apps will install from rockmyphone.

      Dont do it. wasted my time. I have to restore.