Jailbreaking is a term used to describe the removal of some hardware restrictions, mostly run through iOS operating system such as iPhone, iPod, iPad touch or Apple TV.
Unlocking, on the other hand, is a term used to describe the removal of SIM card or network restrictions already installed in devices that have GSM system to allow other networks to be used in the same gadgets. There is a big difference between jailbreaking and unlocking as follows:
Big Risk In Jailbreaking Unlike In Unlocking
Jailbreaking your iPhone simply means that you are removing the already installed safety measures to allow dangerous third party applications and programs to be run on your phone.
Your phone is then exposed to some security risks such as malware, compromising your phone warranty. When you unlock your phone, you are just getting rid of network restrictions which is not a risky thing to do and it is a safe regular process. This will allow you to be more flexible with the available networks, some which could perform better than the initial networks.
Different Programs, Different Methods
Jailbreaking requires a special program application used to remove all the restrictions. Recently, a program known as C3 update is being used by most phone users to jailbreak their iPhones.
Unlocking, on the contrary, uses a set of applications or instructions to unlock the same gadget. An application called Blacksnow has been used recently to unlock phones.
If you are looking to jailbreak and unlock your phone at the same time, you have to use a different approach. In most cases, you will have to jailbreak you phone first before unlocking it because it is impossible to do the vice versa.
Sometimes when you jailbreak your phone, it can automatically trigger unlocking because this process may have an unlocking mechanism in it.
Installation Vs. Elimination
Jailbreaking allows installation of unauthorized programs, softwares and applications from third parties, giving you total control of your phone and the freedom to access other tools that were not there before.
Unlocking, on the other hand, eliminates any network restrictions set up in your phone, giving you freedom to explore and test other networks or SIM cards for better functionality of your phone.
Most programs used to jailbreak hardware are normally free. You will just have to check the compatibility of your phone model to the desired jailbreak program. Jailbreak options are also offered on a wide variety online such that the choice is yours.
Unlocking your phone is an expensive affair because you have to go through the network companies for installation, you will also be subjected to networks terms and conditions and other relevant procedures.
Differences In Warranties
Once you jailbreak your phone, you are not guaranteed of the phone’s usefulness in years to come. Something may go wrong along the way and the phone manufacturers may not be too willing to help you, after all you have violated their standards of quality and safety. This means you will be spending more money to acquire new gadgets which may deem expensive as well.
Unlocking your phone just subjects you to new terms of agreement with the network of your choice and therefore no real harm is done and you get to use your phone or tablet for a life time.
Contrasting Phone Upgrades
As the iPhone manufacturers re-tweak their programs and systems amid new jailbreak programs, a phone user is not able to upgrade their phones as often as they would wish. In this day and age, it has become a competition between the manufacturer and the jailbreakers in creating new programs that outdo each other in this field, therefore making it hard for the phone user to make the necessary upgrade.
You may have to wait for months, weeks or days before a new version of a jailbreak program is available. Phone unlocking only changes the type of networks you are using and therefore, the phone upgrade is a viable option for these phone users as the unlocking does not alter other installed programs in the phone.
Altering the restricted phone network to incorporate other networks works to a great advantage to people who travel a lot because different locations use different networks, therefore you can travel with your unlocked phone everywhere without having to purchase another model to befit the network requirements.
Jailbroken phones, on the other hand, are a big hassle when you travel because of you may have installed applications that are only applicable in your home location, making it hard for you to operate in new locations.
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