Jailbreak + Warranty

Voltaic Shock

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Does jail breaking your iPhone void your warranty? (I am going to say it does).

That brings me to my next question:

Can Apple tell if a phone has been jail broken?

Can I just do a restore on the phone and then it would look like it came straight from the factory?
 

dcom

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Does jail breaking your iPhone void your warranty? (I am going to say it does).
No, it won't, but see below.

That brings me to my next question:

Can Apple tell if a phone has been jail broken?

Can I just do a restore on the phone and then it would look like it came straight from the factory?
They can tell if you bring it in jailbroken with some kind of theme or non App Store app on it (like Cydia or Installer). The best thing to do if you need to take it in for repair or replacement is to restore it.
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OJsakila

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No, it won't, but see below.



They can tell if you bring it in jailbroken with some kind of theme or non App Store app on it (like Cydia or Installer). The best thing to do if you need to take it in for repair or replacement is to restore it.
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I beg to differ. If you bring your phone in because of an issue and it's obviously jail broken, they will NOT honor any warranties...
 

iNinja

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Correct, a full restore removes any sign of Jailbreaking. :)
 

Eragon

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Jailbreaking clearly voilates the warranty. Don't kid yourselves there. If possible, restore the device back to factory settings before bringing to the Apple Store for possible replacement.

Jailbreaking apps will leave some trace files on the device, even after restoring to factory settings. The important thing to note is that Apple Store employees lack the time nor the equipment necessary for pursuing this line of inquiry. Instead, it will be detected when the returned iPhone is refurbished.
 

dcom

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Jailbreaking clearly voilates the warranty. Don't kid yourselves there. If possible, restore the device back to factory settings before bringing to the Apple Store for possible replacement.

Jailbreaking apps will leave some trace files on the device, even after restoring to factory settings. The important thing to note is that Apple Store employees lack the time nor the equipment necessary for pursuing this line of inquiry. Instead, it will be detected when the returned iPhone is refurbished.
I wonder if they really care because once the phone comes back, they probably don't have the time to investigate if it was jailbroken or not. They probably just wipe it and reload the OS.
 

AusZero

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I think it depends entirely on the employee. I have had a 2g since Jan and last night I wasn't able to charge it sing two different chargers. I then hooked it up to my computer and received a message that said there was a malfunction with the USB device.
Went into the Apple store and the Apple genius said they would swap it out. He then looked down on it and laughed when he saw that it was jailbroken. He said he had to restore it back to an unbroken status. However he couldnt because the port was not functioning. He walked away and came back with a new 2g anf handed it to me and that was that.
I have heard that jail breaking was a void of the warranty but this employee didn't say a word about it and was very pleasant.
 

Voltaic Shock

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I think it depends entirely on the employee. I have had a 2g since Jan and last night I wasn't able to charge it sing two different chargers. I then hooked it up to my computer and received a message that said there was a malfunction with the USB device.
Went into the Apple store and the Apple genius said they would swap it out. He then looked down on it and laughed when he saw that it was jailbroken. He said he had to restore it back to an unbroken status. However he couldnt because the port was not functioning. He walked away and came back with a new 2g anf handed it to me and that was that.
I have heard that jail breaking was a void of the warranty but this employee didn't say a word about it and was very pleasant.
LOL!

That would be my luck that the USB would go and I couldn't fix back to normal - :\
 

OJsakila

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Voltaic Shock

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You couldn't have picked a more biased article. The authors name is BigBoss, for crying out loud. It's also quite obviously on a website about modifying the iPhone.

But that's cool, too. I'm pro jailbrake I just don't know if your article has any credability to it...
I know - :p

Just thought I would point it out.
 

j2innet

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if i want to bring in my iPhone for repair, and Apple genius ask me "gee, wat is this cydia", i would say "it probably a virus, i just dun know, your iPhone sucks, your iPhone dun have anti-virus".

from,
http://j2tech.blogspot.com