Need another reason for why Jailbreaking your iPhone is worth it? Maybe this is a good reason to jot down on your list.
Cydia's 'iGotYa' app, which sells for $5.99, helped 31-year-old Erum Malik, a mother of four from Queens New York, re-obtain her stolen iPhone and
catch the culprit responsible for the inconvenient incident. It's an alternative to Apple's Find My iPhone
app, which is free in the App Store but offers limited functionality; it shows the user's approximate location on a map but, unlike iGotYa, it will not take a photo of the thief.
, a security application for your iPhone 4, does two major things. First, if your iPhone has a pass-code and the pass-code is entered incorrectly, it will take a front-facing-camera-photo of the person who entered the incorrect pass-code. In addition to that, it will send the picture it took along with the current GPS location of the iPhone, to the email of the true owner. This gave the Queens mother everything she needed to know about the thief in order to call authorities - since she recognized the man as the person who had gotten into a scruff with her and took her iPhone.
Brian Chattoo, 23, was captured Friday at his home in Richmond Hill - the suspect who's picture was taken using the iGotYa application. According to police, he snagged the iPhone from Malik's pocket in the middle of a scruff. The man was described by police as Hispanic, in his 20s and about 5'8" with short, dark hair and an earring in his left ear.
Malik, rushed around her neighborhood to see if anyone had recognized the man; using the GPS location and photo as a reference. Malik said that she didn't want the man to get into trouble, all she wanted was her phone back. She called the iPhone many times after it was stolen only to find that the iPhone had been switched off. She sent numerous text messages to it, one being that she would offer $200 for its safe return. Despite Malik wishing that the thief would not be charged and that she could just get her phone back, it turns out that the thief of the iPhone was recognized by police from a wanted poster due to grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. He was arrested on Friday. Local police warn that you should never cancel your service of a phone right as it is stolen, so that they can accurately track it down.
To me, this seems like an excellent reason to Jailbreak your iPhone 4. You can rarely do anything without a picture of the suspect.
So what do you think? Is iGotYa a useful app or what? Share below!
, CBS New York