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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. wakka102's Avatar
      wakka102 -
      so just get on Cydia with Wifi to download your updates and such, problem solved?
    1. Karephre's Avatar
      Karephre -
      China iphone do not have Wifi. It was part of the deal that they made with apple.
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      No, problem not solved!
      We pay for our devices and service.
      Don't censor content I want access to!
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by wakka102 View Post
      so just get on Cydia with Wifi to download your updates and such, problem solved?
      *I could come up with an endless amount of post that can prove this post wrong.

      anyways, Hopefully they will get this fixed and by "they" i mean someone I don't really know but kindof appreciate.
    1. fmlouder's Avatar
      fmlouder -
      Or just get access to a VPN service like hot spot shield bam access to cydia problem solve
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by crankz1 View Post
      No, problem not solved!
      We pay for our devices and service.
      Don't censor content I want access to!
      Yes, that solution will become the only option (other than proxies) to access Cydia, if cellular networks block it, but some of us use 3G MUCH more than wifi. Wifi in most places, is secured, and no longer free-free.

      Yes, you may find a restaurant with "free" wifi, but you better be buying a meal, and you have to agree to abide by their idea of acceptable use (which updates via Cydia could easily offend.)

      I'm always on the go, trust me, wifi is getting harder to find away from home.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. JSkywalker217's Avatar
      JSkywalker217 -
      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.
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      I wonder if My3G or 3G unrestrictor would circumvent the issue?
    1. iTouch-Warrior's Avatar
      iTouch-Warrior -
      Quote Originally Posted by crankz1 View Post
      I wonder if My3G or 3G unrestrictor would circumvent the issue?
      I guess not; My3G is to fool the iPhone into thinking it is on Wifi...whilst using 3G. So if Cydia gets blocked over 3G, there's nothing My3G or 3G Unrestrictor can do.
    1. charlyc's Avatar
      charlyc -
      I doubtful since itís not the system (3G or WIFI) itís the provider that blocks the content.
    1. crankz1's Avatar
      crankz1 -
      True...
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Boooooooooo. I think that sums it up lol
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      I agree with wakka102, I never use 3G for Cydia anyway, just general web surfing and checking email, always use Wifi for Cydia or to stream anything as the 3G signal where I live is terrible
    1. jmaderosk8r's Avatar
      jmaderosk8r -
      Yes, lets not worry about something that has happened in China, Their laws are way different than here and like said in previous post, the government ok'd jailbreaking. And im sure that if this does become a big issue, then the ppl behind the jailbreaks and cydia will come up with a solution just like they've done for jailbreak after jailbreak
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Why are people talking about the USA, Cydia was blocked in the UK (temporarily) and China, both of those countries have Internet censorship. In the UK internet censorship was introduced last year, Section 17 and 18 of the Digital Economy Act 2010 allow for 'Blocking Internet locations'. And China has been censoring the internet for god knows how long.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      With the recent events around me I feel like we might see a censored internet...

      I got a call from my ISP for downloading "30 Rock" this weekend. WTF... I been downloading TV shows for almost 3 years now and this is the first time I had an ISP complain about it. I think it might be because I don't subscribe to cable TV service and just cable internet. Either way might time to switch to a ISP that doesn't monitor me so damn closely.
    1. BioFUSION's Avatar
      BioFUSION -
      I say go all egypt on there asses... Burn the firewall down and assassinate a few mf'ers while you are at it.
    1. wakka102's Avatar
      wakka102 -
      I did not realize that China could not use Wifi, I forgot all about that. I guess my comment was meant to be more of a question, if it were ever blocked in all countries (hypothetically) you could just use Wifi to download it, unless you're in China. At that point I would not know what to do.
    1. cowburnator's Avatar
      cowburnator -
      I'm with 3uk and it was simply down to the adult content filter. I had this removed last night and can now get cydia again over 3G. I do seem to remember seeing a few porn apps in cydia lately, perhaps this is why the adult content filter was flagging cydia.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by wakka102 View Post
      so just get on Cydia with Wifi to download your updates and such, problem solved?
      This is more of principle, yea these a temporary solution for this problem, but it's iike another member said, our devices, we pick the content we want

      And it seems like this just a problem for china. The other countries sound like it was an accident but who knows about that