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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. llew's Avatar
      llew -
      Quote Originally Posted by b3nny View Post
      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.
      Thanks Pal, but nevertheless, it sucks (die installation process, but I will do it nonetheless)
    1. bulletproofcupid's Avatar
      bulletproofcupid -
      Frustrating to find that after downloading the Desktop software, I got an error message 1403. I called a really helpful guy in the US who gently broke the news to me that Mac power PC is not supported at the moment - only intel. As we were speaking he changed the website to advise of this - very impressed with his manner and helpfulness, if the future is anything near as good as the Customer Services - I might now invest in an apple imac intel ;-). However I was traumatised when he suggested I borrow someones windows PC to download and install the software on my iPhone!! The iPhone is an apple product and I cannot bear to admit to any friends with a PC that I need to borrow their crappy machinery ;-)
    1. Nan00k's Avatar
      Nan00k -
      MyProfiles sounds amazing, but going to a 3rd party AND paying $13? I'll get back to you...
    1. jayteez's Avatar
      jayteez -
      thanks but no thanks..my winpwn'd iphone is happy.
    1. gameviper's Avatar
      gameviper -
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Does not play well with SB Settings... I can't turn off my 3G without going into the phone settings... it just keeps getting kicked back on. Secondly the profile SMS sounds only pull from the ring tones installed on the phone... not the SMS tones menu which is just ridiculous. Who wants a ring tone as their SMS sound?! Additionally when you turn on this sound you have to switch the factory tone to "none" or they will both play. Thirdly when you set up a "profile" there is a red badge notification in the status bar which you can't toggle off if you don't want it there... annoying. This app needs work and updates before I'll throw down $12 for it.
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      Thanks Poseidon79 for the review. Anyone notice all the apps are from the peeps who make IS?
    1. dallasnights's Avatar
      dallasnights -
      wont come out of apple logo, now I have to restore, Thanks bu no Thanks
      Does not play well with JB phone I think
    1. britcan's Avatar
      britcan -
      Stuck on the apple logo.

      That sucks.

      Have to restore now, not happy

      Just started working as soon as i dumped the app into the trash. That maybe the solution.
    1. Matt27272's Avatar
      Matt27272 -
      I'm so pissed off right now. I'm stuck on the apple logo as well and do not want to restore. I have way too much that I don't want to lose and I haven't backed up recently.
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      I installed the Elert, not working for me.
      Not sure if it conflicts with StatusNotifier, or what.
      Not impressed .........
    1. icedx2's Avatar
      icedx2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 24trepid View Post
      I installed the Elert, not working for me.
      Not sure if it conflicts with StatusNotifier, or what.
      Not impressed .........
      it wasnt working for me originaly either, but i rebooted with sb settings and than it worked, it says it needs a restart and than resprings the phone, it actually needs a full reboot.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i went through the trouble of downloading the desktop client so I can get it but it looks like it wants to jailbreak or unlock my phone again after I have already jailbroke it, will this cause a problem when it comes to getting firmware updates via my original jailbreak or what? has anyone had any issues so far I dont want to go through the process if its gonna mess up my phone
    1. cabinets's Avatar
      cabinets -
      I had to restore and rejailbreak after installing this. Cydia wouldn't lauch for me with this thing applied....oh well.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by cabinets View Post
      I had to restore and rejailbreak after installing this. Cydia wouldn't lauch for me with this thing applied....oh well.
      thats what i was worried about i will stick with cydia the other apps arent worth it
    1. Carrbone's Avatar
      Carrbone -
      didnt these ppl make intellicrap?
      I wouldnt use A damn thing from them.
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      Quote Originally Posted by icedx2 View Post
      it wasnt working for me originaly either, but i rebooted with sb settings and than it worked, it says it needs a restart and than resprings the phone, it actually needs a full reboot.
      Thanks !!
      Works Perfect now, it's a pretty cool app ........
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      The application itself installed and worked on my phone, but it wouldn't download the application Elert no matter how many times I tried or whether or not I downloaded it from the application or the desktop program. Cydia also stopped opening after I downloaded this, I had to repwn my phone with Quickpwn to reinstall Cydia, which sucks because it now doesn't recognize all the cydia apps I already have on my phone. I would uninstall this thing but it says I have to restore my phone to do so...
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      I downloaded the desktop client and when it dl'ed the additional files for "soft unlock" it completed and then gave an error saying that the file was incomplete or corrupt. I uninstalled after trying to re-dl and tried again to no avail. If any one has had this problem or knows a solution any help would be greatly appreciated.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Damn, I wish I'd read this thread before trying to install. It may have stopped me from trying. I'm stuck at the Apple logo as well. At least I can SSH in still and back my stuff up. It sucks because it seems this is the only way to update Intelliscreen. Oh well, live and learn!