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  1. by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:01 AM MST Many of us enjoy the freedom that rooting or jailbreaking our phones gives. Adding custom ROMs, removing “bloatware” or Carrier IQ, and adding additional controls are just the start. We knowingly take the risk that that we may turn our phone into a brick, and our warranty will likely not cover repair or replacement. But will we knowingly commit a criminal act to unlock our phones? Apple has claimed that jailbreaking the iPhone was in conflict with copyright laws. Given the amount of time they spent locking down iOS, it’s no surprise they oppose it. In July 2010, the U.S. Copyright Office eventually decided that jailbreaking and rooting was not a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), as long as it was not done with the intent of circumventing copyright. However, this decision was not permanent. If it is allowed to expire next month, jailbreaking and rooting could be considered breach of the DMCA. Development websites like XDA started out with the public perception that they were underground gatherings of hackers and pirates. Since the U.S. Copyright Office published the finding that jailbreaking and rooting was not illegal, those development websites have become widely popular and have largely changed the public's perception. Even Steve Kondik, aka “Cyanogen”, creator of the widely popular Android ROM CyanogenMod was hired by Samsung. Due to the liberties that millions of us enjoy about to be removed due to the sunseting DCMA, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has begun a campaign to keep our phones free. They are undertaking a campaign to convince the U.S. Copyright Office that we should have the right to unlock not only our smartphones, but our tablets and video game consoles. They have a petition that they will send to the U.S. Copyright Office, and they are asking for Concrete examples of legal uses of jailbreaking that “will help show the Copyright Office why they should renew and expand the exemptions for jailbreaking.” You can visit the EFF’s jailbreaking page here: https://www.eff.org/...ee-your-devices Photo courtesy of iphonefreakz.com Source: http://www.phonearen...l-again_id26246
  2. by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, February 3, 2012 - 2:00 PM MST The iPhone is something many people see as a status symbol. Many who have never owned one, long for their upgrade date so they can go out and buy the "exclusive" iPhone that they have been denied access to for years. Even some who had the iPhone, and then switched carriers, long to repurchase another. Yes, the iPhone is a well made smartphone with access to a loaded app store, and has many desirable features. But is it really better than Windows Phone, Blackberry or Android models? When Apple entered into a contract with AT&T, they remanufactured the RAZR craze and how the artificial scarcity of the device created such huge demand. The RAZR was a good device, and you may argue it was well ahead of other phones at the time of its release, but the other manufacturers caught up quickly. Apple used a similar strategy and it has paid off immensely. The iPhone is now available on the top 3 carriers in the U.S., but is still seen as a status symbol in many circles. As if only a few people have access to it. One could make a strong argument that the Samsung Galaxy SII is a superior smartphone, but still many customers line up to get the iPhone instead, because their inner hoarder says they NEED it, and the products perceived coolness and limited availability only add to the whole experience. The concept of artificial scarcity is simple. You take a product that is plentifully available to manufacture in mass, but limit distribution to a limited time, limited area, or in the case of the iPhone, limited retail outlets. The strategy has worked perfect for Disney. Why let your movies make the gradual descent to the $3.99 Wal-Mart bargain bin? Just keep "taking them out of the vault" and offering them at full price for a few months every couple years and people pull their credit cards out to pay $17.99 for an 85 year old movie and thank Disney for "allowing" them the opportunity to purchase Snow White. Oh, and you get to be a part of a limited privileged club. Another notable example is McDonald's McRib. If it was on the menu full time, many people either wouldn't bother going to McDonalds or would order something else, but artificial scarcity commands us to rush in to McDonalds and get several McRibs at a time because we won't have another chance at it for another year. What do we end up with, besides a belly ache and a reason why we don't normally eat at McDonalds? We should be immune to this form of advertising by now, as we are constantly inundated with limited time availability and special edition products all around us. However it is still alive and well here on Planet Earth, because it still works. Big time. Can Apple keep the air of exclusivity over its iPhone as it continues to broaden its distribution? Or will smartphone buyers move on to other devices? Only time will tell. But many doubt that Apple will play its hand as well in an era post Steve Jobs. Photos Courtesy of iPhone5rumor.net
  3. danlodish345

    ipad 9.7 inch 2017 edition thread

    hello i am here to start a htread for the ipad 9.7 inch 2017 edition
  4. burnout8488

    Apple iPad Air 2 Owners Thread

    Share your experiences! Just ordered my cellular model from Best Buy as soon as "Add to Cart" became available on their website this morning. Should be at my store later this week. What's everyone seeing as far as Sprint plan options on the cellular model? Screenshots?
  5. MacinJosh

    iPhone 7/7 Plus Rumor Thread

    As the rumors are heating up about Apple's next Flagship, it's time for a rumor thread. Post everything relevant about the iPhone 7 in this topic.
  6. anthony.spina97

    iPhone 5 User Thread

    So, we all know about the lovely iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus User thread, and there are many different device focused threads across S4GRU, but there are none for us older iPhone users. So, why should they get to have all the fun? This thread is dedicated to anything and everything about our beautiful (Spark-less) iPhone 5's and 5S's. Discuss anything like jailbreaks, hardware problems, how much you love your device, how great it is to have at least one LTE band compared to the folks who still have 4's and 4S's, ask questions and maybe you can get some answers, etc. etc. Discuss! -Anthony
  7. http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/report-apple-will-accept-android-blackberry-smartphones-new-iphone-trade-pr/2015-03-17 This came up in my Sprint feed of articles. Not only do I think this is a smart move on Apple's part, but Brightstar is all over the place helping move these phones around the world.
  8. It would be nice if something similar to this would be an option for phone service for everyone that uses multiple providers. http://www.apple.com/ipad-air-2/wireless/ See the "One sim. Many options." section.
  9. nobius

    iOS 8 Released

    Needed almost 7 GB free (ouch) to download it. Downloading now...
  10. sbolen

    iPhone 6 omnibus thread

    Above: a mockup of an iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 (4.7"), iPhone 6 (5.5"), and Current iPad Mini All aboard the leaked parts rumor train! Here's a thread to post what you find/what's leaked, etc. As more details come forward closer to launch, I'll edit/update this post with the relevant information and link it to replies to this topic. I think it would be a lot easier to contain everything relating to the new iPhone 6 ("iPhone Air"?) in one central location. iPhone 6 Omnibus Thread Topics iPhone 6 Sapphire Crystal Display TSMC is shipping A series processors to apple using their 20nm process Nerds rejoice! Re/code has learned that Apple has set a media event for September 9th
  11. As of this posting, we're 22 hours, 10 minutes away from the WWDC keynote. Here's a thread to talk about all the rumors leading up to the keynote, and then talk about the stuff they actually announce (which will probably be pretty disappointing to Wall Street and Blogs that were hoping for new hardware announcements).
  12. jeremyvbk

    Apple buying Beats

    So what is everyone's reaction to apple buying beats?
  13. Discovered this a few minutes ago: http://news.yahoo.com/apple-hold-massive-sale-iphone-5s-iphone-5c-134423705.html
  14. illest_ios

    my iphone bent (wtf)

    so i went to apple today and had my iphone warrentied because it got bent... how does that happen!? lol has anyone heard of this or had this issue? apple was cool about it and swapped it out for a new one though
  15. Linky "We still have a lot to cover" is what the invite (picture below) says. New iPad 5 is expected, but people aren't sure about whether the iPad mini will go Retina or not. Updated desktop Macs are also likely. I personally hope that the iPad mini goes Retina and that it and the regular iPad both get Touch ID.
  16. Via TUAW's article on Apple's relationship (or lack thereof) with China Mobile: We'll know for sure in 26 days, but it's fun to think about the iPhone 5S/5C being true global smartphones, capable of running on multiple bands -- and especially fun to think about the possibility of a tri-band device for us to play with on the new Sprint Network.
  17. Some pretty nice changes to iOS. Airdrop looks pretty useful for sharing photos with nearby friends. I like the improved integration between Maps and Calendar and being able to add travel time quickly to an event. The app drawer from dragging from the bottom. About freaking time! I missed being able to quickly turn on/off wifi/bt from my Android days. iTunes Radio looks like a Pandora/Spotify killer. Plus there are zero ads if you are a iTunes Match subscriber. Looking forward to the Fall. Glad it supports iPhone 4 and up and iPad 2 and up.
  18. BGR is either really full of it, or on to something, citing a user on Weibo: iPhone 5S: New leaked photos, purported full specs point to biggest ‘S’ upgrade ever I can't wait to upgrade my 4S, if anything, for the better battery. After 18 months, I can barely keep a charge past noon.
  19. Pretty cool accessibility feature that was Android-first, now on iOS:
  20. Abyss19707

    iOS 7 UDID Registration

    Sorry to announce but I am no longer doing UDID activations. I sold quite a few activations on here and was happy to help you all get updated. I may be back soon with more UDID activation opportunities so keep your eyes posted on the forums.
  21. Get it while you can if you're an iOS user. Universal app for iPhone and iPad. http://appshopper.com/social-networking/tapatalk It's the original version 1, but that's still the one I use.
  22. Vicente_Navarro

    iOS 7

    Just wondering what are your guy's thoughts on Apple's iOS 7 announcement this morning? I'm pretty excited
  23. Steven800

    iOS 6 speed

    Anyone else with the iOS 6 beta noticing any speed performance increase? It feels like everything loads instantly especially on safari!
  24. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/06/t-mobile-iphone-apple-ipad_n_2250966.html Not surprising that Tmo finally took a bit of the apple.
  25. BenChase7

    Sprint iPad

    Will there be an iPad that runs on Sprint's network? This article from cnet suggests it is on the way. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-20106099-94/sprint-to-get-its-own-ipad-2-report-says/?fb_ref=fbrecT&fb_source=profile_multiline
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