Welcome to this edition of Mobile Monday Madness! We wrap-up the latest mobile news so you can get on with your Monday. Today, we are taking a look at the iPhone Jailbreak that landed yesterday and can jailbreak any iPad or iPhone to date (including iPhone 4!), the Motorola Droid getting Android 2.2 this week, and the proposition by major US cellular carriers to make your cell phone a credit card.
Remember last week when we told you that Jailbreaking was now legal in the US after the Library of Congress changed DMCA law to reflect this? Well, now we are seeing this law in action as the first jailbreak for the iPhone 4 is now released. I’m not going to link to the jailbreak here, but the hack is called “JailbreakMe” and can easily be found in the proper channels. The hack really is as easy as it sounds: Go to the site via your phone’s mobile Safari browser and slide the arrow to jailbreak. After that, it will download some files, and then your phone will be jailbroken with Cydia on your homescreen.
However, some users were reporting bugs that included MMS and FaceTime to be inoperable, but those appear to be now resolved. Keep in mind, while this is now completely legal for you to do, this will still void your Apple warranty, so jailbreak with caution. The neatest feature of a jailbroken iPhone 4 so far? FaceTime over 3G. We all knew it would come eventually.
Still extremely popular in the Android world is the original Motorola Droid which launched in early November last year. While its thunder has died down as new generation phones have entered the market, the original is still receiving the Froyo update before any of the rest of them. Before any other Droid phone, the Droid will receive its Android 2.2 update this week. Not much is known about the update, except that it will not include tethering or WiFi hotspots. According to Motorola, the exclusion is a “hardware limitation”, but many think that the limitations are known as the “Droid X” and “Droid 2″ and have little to do with the original Droid itself.
If you have an original Droid, keep an extra eye on it this week to make sure you receive the Android 2.2 update.
That is, instead of swiping a credit card to pay, you’d simply wave your phone in front of a wireless reader and include an RFID tag of some sort that ties the payment to your account. Why is this better than a credit card? Security and Convenience. According to CNNMoney:
“Ff the RFID tags in phones were hooked up to the phone’s electronics, users could link several accounts to their device and choose which one to pay with after each swipe. Paying with a mobile phone could also potentially be much more secure than with a credit card: a phone could be set up to ask for a password before each purchase, and the RFID tag could be shut off remotely if a customer lost his or her phone.”
While T-Mobile and Verizon were quiet when asked to comment, AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel said simply: “We are always looking at ways to serve customers better, and mobile payments is a logical step for consumers.”
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