Jailbreaking of iPhone emerged steadily after Apple unveiled the iPhone in 2007 and now the practice has now progress into a moneymaking industry with millions of consumers and even Library of Congress ruled in July that the practice did not violate Apple’s copyright.
Kevin Lee, a University senior revealed that he receive about $50,000 a year by Jailbreaking others iPhone.
Jailbreaking tethered the Internet connection to a laptop or iPad without any additional AT&T charge; Replace the AT&T or Verizon data plan for a lesser carrier; or designing the iPhone with 3-D screens or bouncing icons
“To be honest, when I first started, I did it for my friends, myself, but it has snowballed from there,” said Lee, who jailbreaks iPhones to enable new screen designs, then “unlocks” them so customers can switch wireless carriers. I was getting five to 10 customers a week, now it’s 30 to 40. I just had one customer from the Mongolian Embassy who was moving to the capital of Mongolia, and he wanted to use the iPhone there.”
Kyle Matthews, co-owner of Modmyi.com.
“We’ve seen expansion across the board. The Toyota ad and theme, to me, meant there was a turning of the tides and that jailbreaking is becoming more mainstream,”
Jay Freeman, 29, founder and operator of Cydia, the biggest unofficial iPhone app store explained:
“The whole point is to fight against the corporate overlord,” Freeman said. “This is grass-roots movement, and that’s what makes Cydia so interesting. Apple is this ivory tower, a controlled experience, and the thing that really brought people into jailbreaking is that it makes the experience theirs.”