100 reasons to jailbreak an iPhone

It's perfectly legal in the US to jailbreak your handset. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act says so.

Do you own an iPhone? Have you jailbroken it? If not, why not?

A video by Jailbreak Matrix's Mario Dabek shows 100 excellent reasons to jailbreak your iPhone. The video goes on to list a whole array of customizations you can carry out to a jailbroken handset; some cosmetic, with others adding much-needed functionality.

It's a popular misconception that jailbreaking is all about pirating apps -- it's not. Yes, a small number of miscreants do abuse the system, but the vast majority of the jailbreaking community simply want to get more from the hardware that they've paid good money for.

And it's entirely legal in the U.S. to jailbreak your handset. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act says so -- for now at least.

When looking up the jailbreaking process you will come across two terms that might confuse you initially: tethered and untethered jailbreaks. A tethered jailbreak won't survive if the device is rebooted and the device will need to be connected to a PC or Mac to reapply the jailbreak. An untethered jailbreak allows the device to be rebooted without removing the jailbreak, making it far easier and more convenient to use.

What's interesting is that while you can freely and legally jailbreak your iPhone, jailbreaking devices such as the iPod touch is illegal.

There are downsides to jailbreaking. The biggest of these is that you can't install Apple iOS updates as soon as they're released because that will kill your jailbreak and you'll have to wait for a new hack to come out which supports the new release. This can take days, weeks or even months, so you're forced to live in limbo during this period.

Also, bear in mind that jailbreaking technically voids your iPhone's warranty as far as Apple is concerned, but since it's easy to roll back a jailbreak I've never seen this cause a problem.