I’ve made no bones about the fact that I’ve jailbroken my iPhone to remain on my current carrier (T-Mobile). Apple’s exclusive agreement with AT&T has rubbed me — and several million other people, apparently — the wrong way, which is why a recent court ruling feels like a sweet slice of vindication:
“Most notably, the FCC has made the controversial practice of ‘jailbreaking’ your iPhone — or any other cell phone — legal.
Apple fought hard against the legalization, arguing that jailbreaking was a form of copyright violation. The FCC disagreed, saying that jailbreaking merely enhanced the inter-operability of the phone, and was thus legitimate under fair-use rules.”
I sort of want to be childish and go “HA-ha!” in Apple’s direction, but I’ll channel my inner man instead. While I didn’t need the FCC’s direct permission before, it’s great to have their full backing on this, because perhaps it’ll make Apple loosen up and officially support other carriers — and apps.