What is Jailbreaking and What is it Used for?

Anyone who owns an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch has heard this word at least once. And anyone who is interested in IT is probably familiar with this concept as well. However, as usual, not everyone who has heard the word knows its meaning, usually due to a lack of interest. 

What is jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking is the process of removing restrictions in iOS, and allowing root access to the file system so that it can run software that has not been approved by Apple. This process also opens up access to certain features that are not available on non-jailbroken devices. One of the main functions of jailbreak is the ability to modify iOS features, as well as customize the interface of the iPhone or iPad.

main functions of jailbreak is the ability to modify iOS features

Why do you need to jailbreak an iPhone or an iPad?

By jailbreaking, the user gets an additional Cydia application store, which contains the applications that are not available in the App Store or iTunes. Considering that jailbreak gives the possibility to modify iOS, it is Cydia that contains all those applications that help to customize the operating system according to the user’s taste. Also in Cydia there is a huge number of free applications, which are commercially available in the App Store. It’s worth noting that all the free programs from Cydia are just copies of licensed applications, which in most cases are paid.

Advantages

  • Hidden features of Apple devices and access to the file system. Jailbreaking will allow users not only to take advantage of the hidden features of iOS, but also gain access to the file system, allowing them to control the operating system and modify the source code.
  • It also allows you to customize the interface and appearance of your device to suit your taste.
  • Jailbreak also opens up access to a number of Cydia apps and tweaks, which are not available or paid in the App Store or iTunes. 
  • Jailbreak gives you the ability to use your device as you see fit, and not as Apple intended it to be used.
  • If you want to learn how to hack a facebook account , then you can use a jailbroken iPhone to do so.

Disadvantages

  • Deprivation of technical support from developers and Apple warranty. If it is necessary to repair the device, the user will have to get rid of the jailbreak, and if it is necessary to use the warranty, the service center will refuse to provide the service.
  • The increased risk of malicious software. Indeed, after jailbreak, the gate to the file system is open, which means that any malicious program can easily get to the user’s data.
  • Problems with iOS update. In a jailbroken device, not all new iOS updates can be installed, which can lead to problems with the operation of the device and its instability.
  • Reduced battery life. The iOS operating system is closed for a reason, as Apple developers are optimizing the level of load on the system hardware to balance battery power and maximize battery life.

Types of jailbreak

Jailbreak can be of two types: tethered and untethered.

  1. Tethered jailbreak is a jailbreak that requires the user to connect their device to a computer each time they reboot their device. This type of jailbreak is not very convenient, as it requires the user to have access to a computer every time they restart their device.
  2. Untethered jailbreak is a jailbreak that does not require the user to connect their device to a computer each time they reboot their device. This type of jailbreak is much more convenient, as it allows the user to restart their device without having to connect it to a computer.

How to jailbreak step-by-step guide

To jailbreak a user can use two methods with a computer or without a computer.

With a PC

To perform a jailbreak, the user needs to download the free software Pangu 9. Before you can start the jailbreaking process, you need to:

1. Make sure your device is running iOS 9 – 9.0.2. To do this, go to Settings -> General -> About and check the version number.

2. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable and launch iTunes.

3. In iTunes, make a backup of your device by going to File -> Devices -> Back Up.

4. Download the Pangu 9 jailbreak tool from the official website and save it to your computer.

5. Double-click on the downloaded file to launch it.

6. Click “Start” to begin the jailbreaking process.

7. Once the jailbreak process is complete, your device will reboot and you will see the Cydia app on your home screen.

Without a PC

If you don’t have access to a computer, you can still jailbreak your device using the Pangu 9 tool. To do this, you need to:

1. Make sure your device is running iOS 9 – 9.0.2. To do this, go to Settings -> General -> About and check the version number.

2. Go to Safari and open the Pangu 9 website.

3. Tap on the “Download” button and select “Direct Download.”

4. Once the download is complete, tap on the downloaded file to launch it.

5. Tap “Start” to begin the jailbreaking process.

6. Once the jailbreak process is complete, your device will reboot and you will see the Cydia app on your home screen.

How to delete on iPhone or iPad

If for any reason you need to remove the jailbreak from your device, you can do so by restoring your device using iTunes. To do this, you need to:

1. Connect your device to your computer using a USB cable and launch iTunes.

2. Select your device in iTunes and click the “Restore” button.

3. Click “Restore and Update” to reinstall iOS and delete the jailbreak from your device.

What tweaks are worth jailbreaking

There are many different types of tweaks available for jailbroken devices, but not all of them are worth jailbreaking for. Some of the best tweaks that are worth jailbreaking for include:

• Activator – This tweak allows you to create custom shortcuts for various actions on your device.

• Alkaline – This tweak allows you to customize the look of your battery icons.

• Auxo 3 – This tweak allows you to customize the look and feel of your app switcher.

• Barrel – This tweak allows you to add various visual effects to your home screen.

• BioLockdown – This tweak allows you to secure your device with Touch ID.

• f.lux – This tweak adjusts the color temperature of your device’s display based on the time of day.

• iFile – This tweak allows you to browse and manage files on your device.

• Morpheus – This tweak allows you to animate your device’s home screen icons.

• WinterBoard – This tweak allows you to customize the look of your device with themes.

Conclusion

Jailbreaking provides many benefits to users, such as the ability to customize the look of their device, add features that are not available on stock devices, and increase the overall security of their device. However, there are also some disadvantages to jailbreaking, such as the potential for instability and decreased battery life. Overall, jailbreaking is a personal decision that should be based on your needs and preferences.

Phone Plans and Telephones for Senior Citizens

Estelle Carlson of Redondo Beach, California, has had a smartphone for at least 10 years. Carlson, who is in her 70s, does everything on it: she banks, Facetimes with her cousin in Scotland and her granddaughters in Boston and Kaui, she writes “letters” and texts. “I can’t imagine being without it,” she says of her iPhone.

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Carlson is not alone. Smartphone use among seniors is growing every year, but it varies substantially by age: 59% of 65- to 69-year-olds have smartphones. But that drops off as seniors get older. Only 31% of 75- to 79-year-olds use them, according to the Pew Research Center.

What if you’re not a savvy iPhone user like Carlson and you want a cell phone only to use for emergency calls and texts? What if your elderly parent needs a phone with big buttons and loud volume, what then? Here, we break down the best cell phone plans and phones for seniors, no matter their mobile proficiency. From flip phones to the iPhone X, here’s what you need to know before you buy.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Cell Phone Plan

The first thing you should do when choosing a cell phone plan is to find out what companies have decent coverage in your home and in the areas you frequent. AT&T doesn’t work at our house in upstate New York, for example, but Verizon does. The last thing you want is to get a phone that won’t work in your home.

Start by asking neighbors what they use or ask family members if their phones work in your house. Every cell phone company – big or small – should have a map of coverage and allow you to plug in a zip code to see if it should work.

Here are five other things to consider when choosing a plan:

  1. AT&T, Consumer Cellular and Cricket Wireless offer AARP discounts. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon offer veteran discounts. It may pay to ask, “Do I qualify for a discount?” Also, seniors who qualify as low-income can get money to help pay for their cell phone or internet (not both) through the federal Lifeline program.
  2. How much data do you plan to use? Consider this when selecting a plan.
  3. Shared family plans. Consider piggybacking onto a spouse or child’s plan for $10-20 a month extra.
  4. Switching plans. Many people stick with the same company or the same plan for years because they don’t know what else is out there. But you could save $60 a month or more by switching.
  5. You can get a plan for under $20 a month to pair with a $60 flip phone. Or you can pay $100-plus a month for a plan to use on your $1100 iPhone 12. There are dozens of options in between. Determine what you’re willing to pay and ask the salesperson to add up all the fees, taxes, etc. so you know exactly what your bill will be each month.

6 Great Cell Phone Plans for Seniors

When it comes to cell phone plans, you can go with one of the big cell phone providers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) or opt for a smaller company (like Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Cricket Wireless and Jitterbug). All of them have their pros and cons.

Here are six popular plans for seniors:

1. AT&T’s GoPhone Daily

AT&T’s GoPhone Daily is another great option for seniors who want a phone for sporadic use and prefer AT&T’s coverage. It’s $2 a day only if you use the phone that day and $2/mo. And if you do, it’s unlimited calls and texts.

2. AT&T Senior Nation Plan

If you have a basic phone and not a smartphone, AT&T’s Senior Nation Plan is an option available only to seniors age 65 and older. You get 200 anytime minutes, unlimited calls to other AT&T customers and 500 nights and weekend minutes, all for $29.99 a month. This doesn’t include texting.

3. Consumer Cellular

Whether you have a basic phone or the $1000 Apple X, Consumer Cellular is a good option for seniors, because it’s a U.S.-based company created with seniors in mind.

Plans for individuals start as low as $20 per month for 250 minutes, 250 MB of data and unlimited texting. A 2-line plan shares the same data and minutes for $35 per month.

4. Jitterbug

Jitterbug, aka “GreatCall,” offers plans specially designed for seniors. Plans start at $14.99 for 200 minutes, $3 for 300 text messages and $2.49 for 40MB of data. Both phones (a flip-phone and a smartphone) have big buttons and bright screens and include an Urgent Response button and 24/7 access to a registered nurse or doctor as part of the plan.

5. T-Mobile’s Pay As You Go

Seniors who want a cell phone for emergency use only will love T-Mobile’s Pay As You Go plan. It’s $3 a month for any combination of 30 minutes of phone calls or 30 text messages. Anything over that is 10 cents a minute per talk or text.

6. T-Mobile Unlimited 55+ Plan

One of the best plans for seniors who want to talk, text and stream videos is T-Mobile’s 55+ plan. You get two lines with unlimited talk, text and 5G data for $70 a month (including taxes and fees!). The primary account holder must be 55 or older, but the other person doesn’t.

Other great options for tech-savvy seniors include: Boost Mobile and U.S. Mobile. These companies don’t offer plans tailored specifically for seniors, but they offer great rates and are well-respected alternatives to the Big 4.

Selecting a Phone for a Senior in 2022

There are so many phones on the market, choosing a good one can be daunting. I recommend finding a plan first, then selecting a phone that works with that plan.

Here are tips for finding the perfect phone:

  • Basic vs. smart: You have two options for phones, a basic flip phone and a smartphone. Do you want apps, games and video capabilities on your phone? Opt for a smartphone. Will you use the phone for calls and texts only? Opt for a basic flip-phone.
  • Make a list: Create a list of the features needed before you shop. These could be big buttons, bright screen, easy on/off switch, GPS or voice command.
  • Read reviews: If you find a phone you like, check online to make sure it gets decent reviews.
  • Return policy: I’m convinced there would be fewer negative reviews if people took advantage of return policies. Almost every carrier will let you return a phone with no questions asked during a 14- to 30-day trial period.
  • Test drive: Those with dexterity, hearing or vision problems should try out phones in person to ensure the buttons (including the on/off buttons) are big enough, the ringer loud enough, etc. Many of the negative reviews I’ve read complain about volume (“I can’t hear the phone when it rings!”) and problems with buttons (“My fingers are too fat, or these buttons are too skinny”).

There are a few phones designed just for seniors, including the Doro 824 SmartEasy, the Jitterbug Flip and Jitterbug Smartphone. While these are designed with simplicity (and seniors) in mind, I couldn’t help but notice the reviews for them aren’t great. Of course, many seniors absolutely love them, but just as many seem to be “meh” about the design, function and simplicity. You might be better off with a phone from a more well-known brand like Apple, Google or Motorola that isn’t designed just for seniors.

Which cell phone plans and phones for seniors are you currently using? We’d like to hear more about your experiences in the comments below.

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July Derrick is a writer and editor who lives between Brooklyn, NY and upstate NY. She has more than 20 years experience writing and editing for online Websites including MSN.com and About.com and spent her first working years as a health reporter at various New Mexico newspapers. A native small town Texan, she enjoys visiting friends and family in Texas and when she’s not traveling home, she spends time with her husband and toddler son skiing in winter and sailing and hiking in the summer. She has a keen interest in aging issues and seniors because her father has had to adapt to becoming blind at 65 (he handles his situation with large doses of humor) and her feisty grandmother, “Meemaw,” lived to 96. She particularly enjoys finding solutions for the everyday issues people face as they and their loved ones age.

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