|Quoting trav110 (Thread starter):|
So I recently purchased an iPhone 5 after many years as an Android user, and I have a few basic questions about it. I've heard the term "jailbreaking" before, but I'm not really sure what it means or why one would want to do that. Is it like unlocking a regular phone? I've found plenty of tutorials online that show you how to do it, but no mention of why you'd want to.
Also, if I were to travel to the US for some period of time would it be possible to pick up a pre-paid SIM in the states to switch out with my current one so that I am still able to access internet, texting, etc. without paying exorbitant international data rates? (it's something like $10/MB internationally with SaskTel ... yikes). Would doing this require any kind of modification- perhaps jailbreaking- or would I simply be able to switch them out and go? Or is this something I need to take up with my cell carrier? Help!
There are two different issues:
a) "Unlocking" means a provider lock is removed if the device even had one. When you get a "subsidized" phone with a long-running contract the provider lock will prevent you from using it with other SIM cards while your paying off the cost of the device through the contract (and possibly higher usage fees).
A used device should(!) be unlocked anyway. Just insert different SIMs and check if they can be used. If so, your device is already unlocked. If it is still locked, you should return it to the seller and get your money back. The iPhone is available unlocked, so you should get one of these.
For some models there are inofficial "Unlocks" available, but even if they actually work (some can "brick" the device!), they involve a "Jailbreak" and will thus compromise the security of the device.
b) "Jailbreaking" the device means removing most of the security mechanisms which protect you against malware so pirated apps and inofficial system modifications can be installed, but this puts your data at risk as well.
When you're traveling you need an unlocked
device. If you can use different SIMs locally, the device should be unlocked and you should be able to use local providers when you're abroad as well.
[Edited 2013-02-20 05:08:00]