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I am thinking of buying an iPhone (I was waiting for Android phone from SE, but the reviews show that there are still huge problems with performance).

So i have a few noobish questions for my English speaking colleagues here in Switzerland.

1. Are there any disadvantages to jailbreaking the iphone?
2. where do you go to get apps for the jailbroken iphone?
3. Can you "test" apps on iphone before buying (there are many different tweeter clients and IM clients for the iPhone, I would want to test before buying if possible).
4. Do apps like Urbanspoon and Pandora work for Switzerland as well or is it focused on US market only?
5. does iPhone have a FM radio as well?
5. During work hours, can I have the iPhone connected to my work PC and let it use the internet for things like Pandora or will it always use my phone provider for streaming music - which eats into the limited 1gb/month data allowance I have

If you have teh 16GB phone, do you ever come close to filling up 16 GB? I am not sure if I would go 16 or 32gb.

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Old 20.11.2009, 13:57
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Re: iPhone Noob

I have the old 3G 16GB but am a huge convert (after being a big Nokia fan before). Not an expert but will answer what I can from my experience.

1. I could not do without at least a few of the jailbroken apps and I have never had a problem with jailbreaking. You can always restore your phone to a backup if you have any problems with the process. Won't lose anything and it will give you a clean start. I restore every few months anyway! There are a lot of people for and against jailbreaking so have a read up before you make your decision.

2. When you jailbreak you will get the applications you need to download apps

3. Some of the paid apps have free trial versions and a lot are free anyway.

4. I can't help you with this because I have an Aussie itunes account and can't download either program...may be US only

5. No but you can have it connected to wifi and it won't be included in your limit. Just make sure 3G is turned off.

I would get the 32GB but it just depends on how much music and apps you want to put on it. For the small difference in price I think it is worth it.



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I am thinking of buying an iPhone (I was waiting for Android phone from SE, but the reviews show that there are still huge problems with performance).

So i have a few noobish questions for my English speaking colleagues here in Switzerland.

1. Are there any disadvantages to jailbreaking the iphone?
2. where do you go to get apps for the jailbroken iphone?
3. Can you "test" apps on iphone before buying (there are many different tweeter clients and IM clients for the iPhone, I would want to test before buying if possible).
4. Do apps like Urbanspoon and Pandora work for Switzerland as well or is it focused on US market only?
5. does iPhone have a FM radio as well?
5. During work hours, can I have the iPhone connected to my work PC and let it use the internet for things like Pandora or will it always use my phone provider for streaming music - which eats into the limited 1gb/month data allowance I have

If you have teh 16GB phone, do you ever come close to filling up 16 GB? I am not sure if I would go 16 or 32gb.

Cheers
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I have the old 3G 16GB but am a huge convert (after being a big Nokia fan before). Not an expert but will answer what I can from my experience.

1. I could not do without at least a few of the jailbroken apps and I have never had a problem with jailbreaking. You can always restore your phone to a backup if you have any problems with the process. Won't lose anything and it will give you a clean start. I restore every few months anyway! There are a lot of people for and against jailbreaking so have a read up before you make your decision.

2. When you jailbreak you will get the applications you need to download apps
Thanks nadinebreen

You mentioned you could not live without some of the apps that only run on jailbroken iPhones. Which Apps for example and where do you go to find apps that are not on the iTunes store?

Also do you experience any performance issues if you are running 3 or 4 apps simultaneously?
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Old 20.11.2009, 14:17
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I am thinking of buying an iPhone (I was waiting for Android phone from SE, but the reviews show that there are still huge problems with performance).

So i have a few noobish questions for my English speaking colleagues here in Switzerland.

1. Are there any disadvantages to jailbreaking the iphone?
2. where do you go to get apps for the jailbroken iphone?
3. Can you "test" apps on iphone before buying (there are many different tweeter clients and IM clients for the iPhone, I would want to test before buying if possible).
4. Do apps like Urbanspoon and Pandora work for Switzerland as well or is it focused on US market only?
5. does iPhone have a FM radio as well?
5. During work hours, can I have the iPhone connected to my work PC and let it use the internet for things like Pandora or will it always use my phone provider for streaming music - which eats into the limited 1gb/month data allowance I have

If you have teh 16GB phone, do you ever come close to filling up 16 GB? I am not sure if I would go 16 or 32gb.

Cheers
1. There are no disadvantages to Jailbreaking. Performance isn't affected unless you are installing a crazy theme on the old 3G

2. When you jailbreak you install cydia or rock which is an application you use to download applications. It's the jailbreak app store. Some apps do cost though here as well. But if there is ever a problem or something you don't like abotu the iphone you can almost certainly solve it through cydia. Cydia is the original. Rock is the new boy that's been very promising.

3. as the first reply said.

4. No idea

5. Apparently an FM radio apps is on the way.

5 (again?) As far as I know you can't use your internet connection on PC on your iphone. But as above said the iphone does have wifi so there shouldn't be a problem about eating into your 1GB limit!


I have the 16GB version and it is more than enough. I don't use it for music much more apps than anything. For me 32GB would be way overkill. But it depends on how much music you want to put on in the end. For apps 16GB is more than enough.
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1. Are there any disadvantages to jailbreaking the iphone?
2. where do you go to get apps for the jailbroken iphone?
3. Can you "test" apps on iphone before buying (there are many different tweeter clients and IM clients for the iPhone, I would want to test before buying if possible).
4. Do apps like Urbanspoon and Pandora work for Switzerland as well or is it focused on US market only?
5. does iPhone have a FM radio as well?
6. During work hours, can I have the iPhone connected to my work PC and let it use the internet for things like Pandora or will it always use my phone provider for streaming music - which eats into the limited 1gb/month data allowance I have

If you have teh 16GB phone, do you ever come close to filling up 16 GB? I am not sure if I would go 16 or 32gb.
1. It's a hack. I have done it myself and no problems even on the 1st Gen iPhone. But the dealer/apple store will treat it as a hack. Unless you can restore to out of box condition it may not be covered under warrantee. By the way Swiss iPhones are unlocked as far as I know. Do not get SSH, unless you actually know what you are doing and know you need this app. This is the one that is causing the worms in Oz.

2. App manager gets loaded when you jailbreak.

3. No. The free apps are free and the ones that cost money only get refunds if Apple determines that there is a problem with Application Functionality.

4. UrbanSpoon: USA, Canada, UK, Australia. Pandora: No. Blame DRM. :

5. No. Maybe. The hardware has the potential for this functionality but needs to be enabled. check this link... http://www.pcworld.com/article/17363...es_please.html

6. Unless the 3Gs is different than the 2G then if you have a Wifi hub at work you can us that. Whenever you come into range you can have it set up so that it automatically logs into the Wifi Network. At which point it will stop using the Cell Phone Network. When you walk out of range it will switch back by itself. When you are on the Wifi Network all data will go through that connection.

If you intend to use Apps and like to listen to mp3s and watch little movies, etc. then get the 32G version. No point not.

Good Luck,
Brian.
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You mentioned you could not live without some of the apps that only run on jailbroken iPhones. Which Apps for example and where do you go to find apps that are not on the iTunes store?
SBSettings allows you to control all ur settings easily from your home screen. You can turn off 3G, wireless, bluetooth with one touch etc.

Backgrounder allows you to put processes in the background (something that a un-jailbroken phone cannot do). Great for keeping your skype on while checking emails etc.

VOIPover3G to use Skype over your 3G network.

All these are available on the Cydia store after you jailbreak. They are absolutely necessary imo :P
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