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  • Cydia Blocked "in Error" by 3, Still Down in China


    Reports over the weekend that a number of carriers had simultaneously blocked access to Cydia over 3G raised concerns that a de facto takedown of the popular alternative app marketplace might be in progress. Although Three Ireland claims that the blockage was the result of an error at a service provider, China Unicom appears to still be restricting its 3G users from accessing Cydia, and there are reports that Vodafone in the UK is also blacklisting the site.

    Users of the Three networks in the British Isles began receiving "Sorry, we were unable to retrieve this web site for you" when trying to access Cydia over 3G, despite the fact that they were still able to get to Cydia via WiFi links to regular broadband connections. This clearly indicated that Three in the UK and in Ireland was blocking Cydia's servers, and as the news spread, reporters contacted the carrier to investigate. According to spokesman Chris Jones, Three in Ireland and the UK use a third party service provider called Bluecoat to do content filtering. Cydia was apparently "accidentally" added to the provider's blacklist, and at last report the carrier was working to correct the error.

    Less clear is the situation in China. Users of China Unicom's network reported the outage at around the same time, and though it cannot be known for sure, the likelihood that a state-owned carrier behind the Great Firewall of China uses the same content-filtering service as networks in the UK and Ireland seems pretty remote. Sporadic reports of blockage over Vodafone's network suggest that something more than an "accident" may be taking place.

    The story is still developing, and it's unlikely that we'll know the real cause soon, if ever. Initial speculations that Apple was behind the blockage remain unconfirmed, and unless a whistleblower comes forward that may have to remain a conspiracy theory. These events, however, come at a time when concerns are mounting, particularly in Europe, about ISPs and carriers censoring content at the request of governments and big businesses. As long as "net neutrality" remains an unresolved issue in the United States, these issues may come to plague users in Cydia's homeland as well.

    Source: TUAW, image via BeijingiPhoneRepair.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cydia Blocked "in Error" by 3, Still Down in China started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Karephre View Post
      China iphone do not have Wifi. It was part of the deal that they made with apple.
      actually, the iPhone 3G for China was without wifi, the iPhone 3GS and 4 both have wifi.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Bahahaha no wifi for iPhones in china what a joke.
    1. ev_ol's Avatar
      ev_ol -
      I'm sure Jailbreakers will always be able to find ways around it, but that's hardly the point. It's scary to think Apple may be dictating censorship practices of ISP's.
    1. PP1999's Avatar
      PP1999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Karephre View Post
      China iphone do not have Wifi. It was part of the deal that they made with apple.
      Whata ****! I Will not EVER Live in china=|
    1. hendon's Avatar
      hendon -
      For 3UK users,pay as you go or contract facing this problem: just go on Safari on your phone at unlockit.co.nz and create a new profile for 3UK from the list,changing APN from three.co.uk to 3internet and install it.User and password remain guest
      This is the connection for broadband mobile,without any filtering
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by wakka102 View Post
      so just get on Cydia with Wifi to download your updates and such, problem solved?
      And when they block WiFi what are you going to do ?
      this is not a connection issue.

      Quote Originally Posted by JSkywalker217 View Post
      This is all but dumb...Congress had already confirmed that Jailbreaking IOS devices is NOT illegal, and Cydia is part of the jailbreak community, it will not be blocked.

      China and whatever other countries have their own government that locked this down. Our government OKd it.
      You may want to rethink that , there is a bill making it's way through congress that would allow the president to order the internet shutdown. Everyone thinks it happens somewhere else to someone else. "..and then they came for me."
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      ^^^The C.O.I.C.A. bill yes. Heres hoping the EFF has some hard core lobbyists in DC right now...
    1. brandyn baker's Avatar
      brandyn baker -
      Quote Originally Posted by BioFUSION View Post
      I say go all egypt on there asses... Burn the firewall down and assassinate a few mf'ers while you are at it.
      ahahahhahahahaha :'D
    1. bandrew 97's Avatar
      bandrew 97 -
      So it only works with wifi their in china then just get my3G on cydia and problem solved !
    1. wreclusrob's Avatar
      wreclusrob -
      All i know is that, If we {As in the good ol USA} some how got banned or blocked from Cydia, Then I would just SELL all of my ios devices and basically never buy another apple product again. I'd really have to consider moving on to another open source platform to indulge in. I know that might not suit some. But as far as I...yeah they'd be gone! The only reason I buy Apples products now a days is of course THE BEAUTY OF IOS & THE ABILITY TO JAILBREAK/FULLY CUSTOMIZE/PERSONALIZE MY DEVICE!! Without those abilities then I'd more than likely rummage through my stock pile of old toys. And revert back to something basic. Why not? I mean I work for my money and have the rights/choice to spend it as I deem necessary. So with that said, If i could not use my device in the matter that i chose {While staying in the boundaries of moral and legal limits} Then why on earth would I decide to buy that Specific product? I mean I understand the strangle hold and persistence when it comes down to cornering the market,But damn! Assuming this is Hypothetical situation would actually take place of course.
    1. LennyTheDub's Avatar
      LennyTheDub -
      The amount of things you hear about the Chinese government, nothing would surprise me.

      But as an Irishman, I would almost bet my life that there is some form of corruption going on with this. The amount of stuff that goes on there with the bunch of thieves in power is unbelievable. The main tv and radio stations are state owned, so there is very little light being shed on the all the backhanders and inside deals.

      I would easily class the Irish government as the lowest, most corrupt, least honest form of humanity on the planet. And by saying that, I apologize to all the rest of humanity for being forced to drag you into my comparison.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Karephre View Post
      China iphone do not have Wifi. It was part of the deal that they made with apple.
      The 3GS has no wifi, the 4 does.
    1. Sanady361's Avatar
      Sanady361 -
      Error.. Yea right.
    1. Dayvidpriddy's Avatar
      Dayvidpriddy -
      LOL why even block Cydia? Have these companies not heard of Wi-Fi? Blocking users of the mobile data is not going to stop the user from hitting Cydia, seriously when will these companies (including Apple) realize they are not the ones in control?

      Even if the entire internet blocked Cydia, a new site would come out, you can't keep blocking things forever. Get over it people!
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      its all about control
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by JSkywalker217 View Post
      This is all but dumb...Congress had already confirmed that Jailbreaking IOS devices is NOT illegal, and Cydia is part of the jailbreak community, it will not be blocked.

      China and whatever other countries have their own government that locked this down. Our government OKd it.
      You're missing a critical detail...

      It may not be illegal to jailbreak, but it's also not illegal for ISPs to block content. You may think the Internet is uncensored, but it is. Providers have the right to limit access in part or whole.

      Just because congress wouldn't block Cydia, doesn't mean AT&T can't/won't.


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