Verizon iPhone can be jailbroken

When Verizon finally announced the iPhone, one looming question that couldn’t be answered until it was in the hands of the end user was, can it be jailbroken? Now that the handsets are finally being delivered, it appears we now have an answer.

Reports are coming in on Twitter, via Mygadgetnews.com, that users are able to use Greenpois0n to successfully jailbreak their devices. Musclenerd (a key developer in the jailbreak community) did state that the Verizon iPhone could be jailbroken on launch day since it is running iOS 4.2.6.

But, no one was exactly sure if the jailbreak would work since the phone is a CDMA model while the typical jailbreak model is a GSM based device. As more users get the phone into their hands, hopefully we will have a more definitive result, but for the time being, it looks like Greenpois0n could be your key to your jailbreak adventures.

When it comes to jailbreaking, end users should take caution as there is the possibility that it could brick your device. Verizon and Apple do not support jailbreaking and the users will be proceeding at their own risk.

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Some reasons why JB is great:
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- download straight from YouTube
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Some reasons why JB is great:
- file manager
- terminal, ssh, all the usual *nix goodies
- download anything in Safari
- 3rd party media players with more supported codecs
- download straight from YouTube
- remove 3G restrictions (eg lower-quality YouTube vids)
- one-touch access to stats/processes/switches (SBSettings)
- safely customize any OS image without replacing files (Winterboard)
- modify any system or App behaviour safely via hooks using a failsafe platform (mobilesubstrate)
- a central package management system that allows access to 10s of thousands of tweaks, themes, ringtones and more, and manages dependencies, conflicts and updates (Cydia, front-end for Debian's APT)

Some reasons why JB is great:
- file manager
- terminal, ssh, all the usual *nix goodies
- download anything in Safari
- 3rd party media players with more supported codecs
- download straight from YouTube
- remove 3G restrictions (eg lower-quality YouTube vids

I'm glad this article came up. I'm looking for a good link that explains how to jailbreak an iPhone 4 (4.2.1)--preferably one that doesn't require a tethered connect upon reboot. I've only rooted Android devices and have no familiarity with jailbreaking. Any help would be appreciated.

TechieXP said,
What I want to know is can I use my ATT iPhone backup of data on the Verizon version of the device.

most likely. when setting up a new iphone, iTunes will ask you if you want to use a backup or set up as a new phone

TechieXP said,
What I want to know is can I use my ATT iPhone backup of data on the Verizon version of the device.

I wouldn't see why not. Everything that is compatible should transfer over. I recall when connecting my iPad for the first time, iTunes asked me if I wanted to restore a back up of my iPhone 3GS to it.

Nope, everyone shouldn't. Only those who like using an exploit to load a "backup" of someone else's iDevice onto yours. It is like loading a virus on your Windows computer to defeat activation. You don't know what is in that virus, but you go ahead and load it because of how clueless you are.

RichardK said,
Only those who like using an exploit to load a "backup" of someone else's iDevice onto yours.

Backup of someone else's iDevice?? You really are the clueless one here, aren't you?

RichardK said,
Nope, everyone shouldn't. Only those who like using an exploit to load a "backup" of someone else's iDevice onto yours. It is like loading a virus on your Windows computer to defeat activation. You don't know what is in that virus, but you go ahead and load it because of how clueless you are.

There is a huge difference in breaking a device to make it do what it natively can do vs just doing it because you can. The iphone is capable of lots of things, but Apple won't let you do it if they can't benefit from it in some way, shape or form.

Example, there is still no native file transfer over BT, yet the hardware is capable. Yet phones older than the first iphone can do it.

I personally don't jailbreak to steal apps. I make plenty of money. What I do is simple. It gives me a chance to get apps Appel rejects that are very good apps. It gives me a chance to download an app and try it to see if it is worth my money. Microsoft did the best thing. They said, all apps but have a trail period where it can be tried to see if it is usual vs Apple who makes you buy it and if you don't like it, you don't get a refund and you're stuck with it.

if Microsoft can do it for Office and Windows which are their flagship products, Apple can do the same with those cheap applications. Apple hold on iphone or any iDevice is why jalbreaking is needed.

Some comsumers root Andriod phones, but not for the same reasons. They root, not to add features per say, but to upgarde the OS to get features the phone is already capable of in some manner that the phone maker either never releases or takes to long.

Most Android apps are free, no need to steal. They offer more functionale vs iPhoen apps you buy.

I do agree not everyone need to jailbreak, but it isn't a virus. Apple is a virus. A virus on hardware makes a device or PC do things it isn't suppose to do. Jailbreaking is not a virus because it makes the device do exact what it is capable of doing.

You're confused.

roadwarrior said,

Backup of someone else's iDevice?? You really are the clueless one here, aren't you?


My thoughts exactly! I have yet to see exactly how someone can brick an iOS device whilst jailbreaking. If anything fails you just DFU and restore.

RichardK said,
Nope, everyone shouldn't. Only those who like using an exploit to load a "backup" of someone else's iDevice onto yours. It is like loading a virus on your Windows computer to defeat activation. You don't know what is in that virus, but you go ahead and load it because of how clueless you are.

Question, do you even own an i-device?

roadwarrior said,

Backup of someone else's iDevice?? You really are the clueless one here, aren't you?


Nope, it appears you are.

RichardK said,

Nope, it appears you are.

I've done jailbreaks on a couple of iPhones and an iPod touch, and have never restored someone else's backup on any of them. Jailbreaks modify some bits of the original iOS firmware downloaded from Apple, they don't restore a backup made by someone else.

There is a glaring error in this news post.
You CANNOT brick an iDevice through software. You can ALWAYS put it in DFU mode and restore the original firmware. There is no risk, and everyone with an iDevice should have it jailbroken. That's what turns it into a powerful mini-computer with nearly unlimited possibilities.

The Verzion Iphone is basicaly using the same OS as the ATT one. The only added feature is the mobile hotspot. Thus I assume the present jailbreaks either Greenpoison or the tethered one from teh Devs would both work.

I think it would have been more relevant news if it "couldn't be jail broken". By now, it's just assumed that if it's running the iOs that it can be jail broken.

warwagon said,
I think it would have been more relevant news if it "couldn't be jail broken". By now, it's just assumed that if it's running the iOs that it can be jail broken.

because it use the same bootrom that will be jailbroken forevern, and untethered with an exploit just revealed, the weird thing is that the exploit was closed on 4.3 and it doesn't in 4.2.6

Pam14160 said,
I think the question should have been, "How long before the Verzion iPhone will be jail broken, not when?"

....or if

But, no one was exactly sure if the jailbreak would work since the phone is a CDMA model while the typical jailbreak model is a GSM based device.

It shouldn't matter for jailbreaking. Unlocking, on the other hand, is probably a different story entirely.

roadwarrior said,

It shouldn't matter for jailbreaking. Unlocking, on the other hand, is probably a different story entirely.

I would imagine that unlocking wouldn't be very useful as only sprint uses CDMA. If you buy a CDMA iPhone it's probably because you want to use it with Verizon.

mad_onion said,

I would imagine that unlocking wouldn't be very useful as only sprint uses CDMA. If you buy a CDMA iPhone it's probably because you want to use it with Verizon.

Even then you can't unlock a CDMA phone as there is nothing to unlock. The issue is that most CDMA carriers will refuse to add a device's ESN to their network if the device never originated on their network.

mad_onion said,

I would imagine that unlocking wouldn't be very useful as only sprint uses CDMA. If you buy a CDMA iPhone it's probably because you want to use it with Verizon.

Sprint is the only other MAJOR USA carrier that uses CDMA, but they are not the only carrier that uses CDMA. Cricket also uses CDMA.So if I could unlock the baseband, that mean I could have the best phone on Cricket where I would get even cheaper rates on calls. I dont need their data plans ai I can just use WIFI at home. I don't download with my phone otherwise, other than email.

TechieXP said,

Sprint is the only other MAJOR USA carrier that uses CDMA, but they are not the only carrier that uses CDMA. Cricket also uses CDMA.So if I could unlock the baseband, that mean I could have the best phone on Cricket where I would get even cheaper rates on calls. I dont need their data plans ai I can just use WIFI at home. I don't download with my phone otherwise, other than email.

I take it Cricket will activate an ESN not already in their database? Most CDMA's carries will not, at least Verizon, Alltel and Sprint will not under most circumstances.

Martog said,

I take it Cricket will activate an ESN not already in their database? Most CDMA's carries will not, at least Verizon, Alltel and Sprint will not under most circumstances.

True. Verizon won't even activate a Pay As You Go Verizon phone on a contract... Which is silly.

M_Lyons10 said,

True. Verizon won't even activate a Pay As You Go Verizon phone on a contract... Which is silly.

Sounds like Verizon has two different databases at least, one for Pay as you go and the others.

Martog said,
Even then you can't unlock a CDMA phone as there is nothing to unlock.
Correct. To get a CDMA phone to work, you take it to your carrier and they just type your phone's code into their network. I've tried taking Sprint phones to my carrier, US Cellular, and they will not touch a phone that isn't branded as their own. Maybe if you had a good friend in the office you could get it done, but as for a normal person, probably not.

roadwarrior said,
It shouldn't matter for jailbreaking. Unlocking, on the other hand, is probably a different story entirely.

System files are moved around, maybe code wasn't meant to run on a specific chipset. Take it from the Android community, although rooting is not the same as jailbreaking, that hardware counts*. Just hypothetical, but Apple/Verizon could've installed mega locked-down security on these things before releasing.

*The HTC Evo and Incredible began being manufactured with a different screens and required devs to find a new way to root them