#GeekLesson: What’s the difference between Jailbreak, Root and Unlock?

Now there are many smartphone you can choose, started from iOS, Android or Blackberry. Each of them has their unique terms, and you probably heard often, for example iOS which can be Jailbreak, Android which can be root-ed and Unlock for BlackBerry. Actually, the essence of Jailbreak, Root, and Unlock are the same, to limit the user. But for clearer explanation, SOT will explain what are jailbreak, root and unlock in this article.

 

Jailbreak

#GeekLesson: What’s the difference between Jailbreak, Root and Unlock?

Jailbreak is a process to erase limit from factory cell phone. Jailbreak actually is a specific term for Apple iOS device such as iPhone, iPod, or iPad. Jailbreak will erase limitation in iOS and let you to install third party apps outside app store. Actually, it seems like Jailbreak method tend to a pirating act. However, if the user realize, that actually Jailbreak is more than that. Jailbreak is able to replace default browser and email in iOS. The point is, Jailbreak would be able to install applications which actually are not permitted or allowed by apple.

#GeekLesson: What’s the difference between Jailbreak, Root and Unlock?

Jailbreak could also be done in other device which limit their users like Microsoft Surface RT. In default Surface RT can only install application from Microsoft only. If it is Jailbreak, it could install desktop apps or third party. But since surface uses ARM processor, it would be more difficult. To do Jailbreak, someone should find security crack from the device itself. Surely it is really different with Android which without Jailbreak could also install third party application.

 

Rooting

#GeekLesson: What’s the difference between Jailbreak, Root and Unlock?

Root is a process to get root access to the device. It is same with Linux. Yes. It could be done in device which is based on Linux. For example Android or Symbian. Root usage, basically is similar like you become Admin in Windows. So, by doing Root, user can do whatever they wanted. Root in Android is dangerous to be done if user doesn’t know what they do. That’s why Android is marketed without Root by Factory.

 

Unlock Phone

#GeekLesson: What’s the difference between Jailbreak, Root and Unlock?

Many smartphones agreed contract with Sprint, Verizon, TMobile and many more came by locked. So, if your cell phone is locked by some operator, it is done so that the user can only use the operator and they couldn’t change into other operator. For example, you have bought cell phone which was contracted to Verizon and you insert SIM Card from other operator, if the cell phone isn’t unlocked yet, then the cell phone won’t be able to be used, even to open menu would be so difficult.

 

Unlock Bootloader

#GeekLesson: What’s the difference between Jailbreak, Root and Unlock?

Android is an open source operating system. Everyone could change its menu as they wanted. For example, ROM from Cyanogenmod. Cyanogenmod is made by Android code, but it is changed recently. Many cell phone products came with code locking from factory. Opening boatloader will make user to install other ROM like Cyanogenmod, even installing other OS like Ubuntu or WebOS. For example, Nexus 7 which can be installed Ubuntu or Galaxy Nexus with WebOS> Along the operating system is still supported the device, it is possible to do.

 

Finally, that were GeekLesson you need to know, this information is around smartphone you surely will need. Whether Jailbreak, root or unlock you should know what you do to smartphone you have.


Travis Brice is a computer technician and also father of two cute children. After 6 years of hard work at telecommunication company, he decides to quit his job and build his own business. Now he also writes for Spyontech on his spare time. He loves to write about operating system, especially Microsoft Windows.

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