By Sumit Passary email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 14, 2013 10:52 AM EST
iOS has been jailbroken by many hackers in the past to customize the way an iDevice works. The latest iOS 6 released in September last year has still not been jailbroken and a recent report suggests that an online vendor is offering iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for iPhones 5/4/4S/3G; however, is the jailbreak real or a scam?
On Jan. 13, The Oldham Eras reported that online vendor UnlockTheiPhone was offering an iOS 6 untethered jailbreak for iPhones 5/4/4S/3G.
"iPhone 5 has been released with the final version of iOS 6 firmware.It has merely untethered jailbreak solution by using www.unlock-the-iphone.uswith unlock and untethered iOS 6 jailbreak for iPhone 5. www.unlock-the-iphone.us was the team who created untethered iOS 5/4.3.1/4.3.2/4.3.3 jailbreak and now the have finally released the iOS 6 jailbreak and unlock iPhone 5,iPhone 4S/4/3Gs," reported The Oldham Era.
On visiting UnlockTheiPhone, we found that the vendor offered the jailbreak for $30.
"Unlock/Jailbreak ANY iPhone! Incl. the iPhone 4/3G S and iPhone 5, iPhone 4S! The iPhone Firmware 6.0.2 has been released recently. This update has locked many iPhone's that were unlocked via a software solution. The Good news: Our Unlock/Jailbreak Solution will always work, and works perfectly with the latest Firmware version, and is fully downwards compatible with older iPhone software versions," stated UnlockTheiPhone.
Jailbreaking your iOS 6 smartphone for $30 doesn't seem to be a bad deal, but the question arises that does the jailbreak? Researching on the The Oldham Era and UnlockTheiPhone, we found that The Lancaster News, which looks suspiciously similar to The Oldham Era Web site, also posted an identical report on Jan. 12 with the name of a vendor OpenAnyPhone offering the iOS untethered jailbreak. Even the spelling error in the opening sentence "Finilly" is present in both articles.
Further research showed that SlashGear and iJailbreakFree have previously reported that OpenAnyPhone is a scam. We don't't know if all the Web sites are related to each other, but no information is available to confirm if UnlockTheiPhone is genuine, or one of the fake iOS jailbreaking Web sites that look to con people.
Apple's iOS 6 has been one of the most difficult mobile operating system to jailbreak and has become a nightmare for iFans who are used to jailbreaking their iDevices. This is giving an opportunity for scammers and phoney vendors to dupe customers and make a quick buck.
Sooner or later iOS 6 may be jailbroken but right now, many iOS 6 device owners are falling prey to fake vendors who promise a jailbreak for iOS 6. So remember to steer clear of such phoney Web sites.