I had to spend some time educating myself with the pros and cons of jailbreaking an iPhone. I have heard all of the hoopla over the joys of jailbreaking and unlocking, but I have also recently read about how apple feels that it is illegal to do so.
Jailbreaking your iPhone allows you to install third party apps onto your device without the aid of the app store. What this also does is allow you to install apps that so not adhere to apple’s SDK license. This seemed like a Fantastic idea because this allows developers to fully exploit the power of the platform.
So great, I can install an NES emulator! But because developers have a power to so anything they like they can also do very bad things. The Kate app and associated Rip Dev app broke the ability to dial phone numbers!! It took a little research to find out that there are widespread issues like that so you just have to be aware of such things if you want to go the jailbreaking route.