VoIP Apps for iPhone 'Legalised'

A U.S. Copyright Office ruling is allowing iPhone users install third-party applications, although Apple says that doing so'still null and voids your warranty'.

Referred to as 'jailbreaking', third-party applications are installed by going around the restrictions imposed by the manufacturer in this case Apple. These restrictions prevent iPhone users from using unauthorized Apple applications.

This could be good news for VoIP fans as there are an increasing number of VoIP applications being released for the iPhone to allow cheap worldwide calls.

The news will also be a breath of fresh air for users as there are many apps which have had developer restrictions imposed on them by Apple. Furthermore these restrictions prevent users from getting the full capabilities of the iPhone which could become a full mobile broadband solution thanks to its unlimited data access.

With that in mind the Chip Dowload site came up with a full guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone.

1) Download iOS 4.0.1 for your version of iPhone.

2) Update this to the latest firmware using the IPSW file which is available on iTunes 9.2

3) Start Redsn0w 0.9.5b5-5, Mac or Windows and point it to iOS 4 (Final Version) to proceed with the jailbreak.

4) Select “Install Cydia” and click Next, making that sure your device is plugged in but turned off first.

5) Connect your device in recovery mode. You will see a screen where you have to quickly hold “Power” button and then hold the “Home” button simultaneously. After a few seconds release the “Power” button but keep holding the “Home” button until installation begins.

Once you are in you can unleash the full VoIP capabilities of your iPhone.

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