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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. lightmaster's Avatar
      lightmaster -
      I finally have Rock Your Phone working on my iTouch. I did have to restore my iTouch , but the newest update fixed that . I'm using both Elert and MyProfiles and haven't had any problems with them and Cydia isn't giving me any problems anymore.
    1. RockSupport's Avatar
      RockSupport -
      britcan - can you try installing a Rock Your Phone app to see if that fixes it?
    1. cabinets's Avatar
      cabinets -
      It fouled up my intelliscreen app and sb settings. When I tried to uninstall, I got stuck in the blank page mode...Now doing ANOTHER restore. Not a happy camper here.
    1. bbplayer5's Avatar
      bbplayer5 -
      Too many bugs... Not restoring my phone again. Intelliscreen made a HUGE mistake going to this crap program.
    1. hiddenillusion's Avatar
      hiddenillusion -
      Downloaded the OSX software, rebooted twice like it said and installed fine on my iPhone. Installed Elert (very userful) and has been working fine for me all day, not stuck on logo like some people. Sorry for the restorers, but don't get discouraged to try it.... wish i didn't have to download desktop software though.
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by artjr View Post
      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!
      I am also having this problem now, but my iPhone app works, and thanks for MyProfiles RockYourPhone, works great.
    1. RockSupport's Avatar
      RockSupport -
      All we have discovered an issue with the desktop client on Windows Vista. After you update via the desktop client to the latest version 0.91.22 the application will no longer launch. We are working on a fix to correct this in our next release but for now I have some steps for you to follow to get the client working again.

      1. Either through the Control Panel or through the Program Group in the start menu Uninstall Rock Your Phone.
      2. Go to CUsers\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming and delete the entire Rock Your Phone directory.
      3. Go to our website http://www.rockyourphone.com choose Download and Sign in to Download. Once downloaded install the desktop client and you will be back in business.

      Sorry for the inconvenience, we will make sure the next client update goes much more smoothly.

      Thanks,
      Glenn
    1. VPxPrettyBoy's Avatar
      VPxPrettyBoy -
      The latest update to their Desktop Client works perfectly. It now detects if your iPhone has been jailbroken. If it has, it just installs the required files for their Rock App.
    1. robbietiz's Avatar
      robbietiz -
      Screwed my phone up good style, had to restore and mess around for ages to get it back to norm ! If anyone has any sugestions e-mail me plz.
    1. llew's Avatar
      llew -
      I saw they changed the price for profiles to 4.99 and wanted to give it a shot.

      Downloaded and installed the app (went all smoothly with already jailbroken phone on a vista pc). Launched the desktop application, logged in.

      No apps visible within the desktop app. Tried to install profiles trial through the iPhone app and it says "missing RockID, Please Sync with Rock your Phone on your Computer".

      Tried that, set the desktop app to autosync, same results, doesn't work. Oh well... should have known better

      At least I din't have to restore.
    1. ifini's Avatar
      ifini -
      Restored!!!!! !@#$$#@%$#^$#
    1. wunschkind's Avatar
      wunschkind -
      hi,

      same thing as llew here. installed the newest version (0.91.22) and cannot see any app in the desktop app. the iphone plugin is working but i get "missing rockid" error trying to download a trial.
      trying to update my purchased intelliscreen through the iphone plugin does not work either ... "could not obtain license"

      i hope someone can help, thank you

      wunschkind
    1. shinerbocksi's Avatar
      shinerbocksi -
      I installed from their website today, installed ealert and myprofiles. Cydia is still working, and both programs work great. It's nice that it knows when I'm home or in the car, will end up buying the program.
    1. llew's Avatar
      llew -
      @Rock Support @anybody

      HELP!?!

      Does anyone know anything on when this is supposed to work? I am very frustrated right know and no details anywhere. Terrible.

      Is there at least an option of downloading via the website? This sucks so much...
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      man this phone has officially taken it to a


      whole



      nuva





      leva!




      you know?
    1. RockSupport's Avatar
      RockSupport -
      We have released several new updates today that have addressed all known issues.

      Please download the latest desktop client. You can do this by launching the app on your computer and clicking “yes” when prompted to update. Or you can choose Help->Check for Updates from within the app. The last option or in case you have issues is to download the entire installation again from our site. Just go to Get Rocking and Sign in to Download.

      Once you have the new version installed connect your phone then right-click on your phone in the app and choose “Reinstall Rock Your Phone”.

      Also this version will not perform the "soft unlock" if your phone is jailbroken and has Cydia installed.

      Here are some brief release notes for the fixes:
      Desktop Client Release Notes

      - Fix for German Windows XP Users - Could not create Rock Your Phone directory
      - Fix for users with extended character set in iPhone Name
      - Fix for Blank Manage Page
      - Improved Cydia Compatibility

      Thanks for your patience,
      Glenn
    1. greenleaf187's Avatar
      greenleaf187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RockSupport View Post
      We have released several new updates today that have addressed all known issues.

      Please download the latest desktop client. You can do this by launching the app on your computer and clicking “yes” when prompted to update. Or you can choose Help->Check for Updates from within the app. The last option or in case you have issues is to download the entire installation again from our site. Just go to Get Rocking and Sign in to Download.

      Once you have the new version installed connect your phone then right-click on your phone in the app and choose “Reinstall Rock Your Phone”.

      Also this version will not perform the "soft unlock" if your phone is jailbroken and has Cydia installed.

      Here are some brief release notes for the fixes:
      Desktop Client Release Notes

      - Fix for German Windows XP Users - Could not create Rock Your Phone directory
      - Fix for users with extended character set in iPhone Name
      - Fix for Blank Manage Page
      - Improved Cydia Compatibility

      Thanks for your patience,
      Glenn
      Great work!!
      Much appreciated

      I think the reason why most people are pissed at those paid apps is because most of those essential apps shouldve been there when the iPhone is first purchased... I don't ever remember paying for bluetooth when i had my nokia or sony ericsson or even motorola. and now being charged 5 euros for bluetooth kinda feels like a ripoff. So i believe your anger should be pointed towards apple, not the devs of bluetooth. They are merely offering a solution.
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      Quote Originally Posted by RockSupport View Post
      We have released several new updates today that have addressed all known issues.

      Please download the latest desktop client. You can do this by launching the app on your computer and clicking “yes” when prompted to update. Or you can choose Help->Check for Updates from within the app. The last option or in case you have issues is to download the entire installation again from our site. Just go to Get Rocking and Sign in to Download.

      Once you have the new version installed connect your phone then right-click on your phone in the app and choose “Reinstall Rock Your Phone”.

      Also this version will not perform the "soft unlock" if your phone is jailbroken and has Cydia installed.

      Here are some brief release notes for the fixes:
      Desktop Client Release Notes

      - Fix for German Windows XP Users - Could not create Rock Your Phone directory
      - Fix for users with extended character set in iPhone Name
      - Fix for Blank Manage Page
      - Improved Cydia Compatibility

      Thanks for your patience,
      Glenn
      One thing I have noticed: when I swipe for sbsettings, intelliscreen pops up over top of it. It happens about 85% of the time - which is rather annoying. I uninstalled IS and reinstalled, rebooted and nothing changes. I like IS and hope you guys can fix this bug. Thanks for the fast work and open communication too.
    1. Prioryman's Avatar
      Prioryman -
      I had to reformat my iPhone becasue I could NOT uninstall the "free" software. I emailed them and received NO reply. STEAR clear unless you want to re-install everyhting on your already working phone....

      John
    1. cybertrooper's Avatar
      cybertrooper -
      Quote Originally Posted by Prioryman View Post
      I had to reformat my iPhone becasue I could NOT uninstall the "free" software. I emailed them and received NO reply. STEAR clear unless you want to re-install everyhting on your already working phone....

      John
      Best advise yet.