Top 5 Must-Have Jailbreak Apps: Part Two

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So you're still debating whether or not to jailbreak your iPhone? Hopefully after reading this you will have made your decision. Back in October we brought to you the first Top 5 Must-Have Jailbreak Apps, well today we bring you round two of the series. Now keep in mind, all the seasoned veterans of Jailbreaking will or should know about all the apps listed here. This article is for the sole purpose of swaying those still on the fence to the darkside...

***All of the following apps can be downloaded via Cydia on your Jailbroken iPhone.

Read on after the jump!

1. PDAnet

Yes, this one was covered fully by Dieter, but this app seems to definitely be super popular in the Jailbreak community. PDAnet will use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi router that you can connect to with your laptop to browse the internet. Do you want to get stuck paying AT&T $30 for tethering services for some causal browsing? Didn't think so... so head over to check out our full guide on how to set up PDAnet. You'll be surfing in no time!

Be sure to heed Dieter's warning when using this app:


blockquote>There is one major caveat you need to be aware of with PdaNet: the Terms of Service on the standard AT&T iPhone contract (and also on their standard Data Plans) do not allow you to tether. Most people simply ignore this and go ahead and tether anyway — being careful not to overdo it might prevent AT&T from hitting you with extra fees or even a cancellation.

2. Cycorder

So the lack of common features of other phones really aggravates you? Say the lack of video recording on a device that is geared towards multimedia? Yeah, we can see how that one is pretty disappointing. Well thanks to the Jailbreaking community you now to can record video with your iPhone with Cycorder. Recording in .mov format, Cycorder gets anywhere from 7-15 frames per second along with supporting audio! To get Cycorder simply go into Cydia and you will see it on the “Featured Packages” list on the front page.

For more information and details please visit our post on this free video recorder - Cycorder.

3. Status Notifier

In the forums lately a few of you have asked me about a program that notifies you of incoming messages, missed calls, voice mails, calendar alerts, etc... Well there is one simple answer to that, Status Notifier.

4. SBsettings

This next app also addresses a common complaint that we hear a lot regarding the iPhone. I don't know how many times I personally have seen "Is there any way to turn Wi-Fi off/on without going through all those steps?" on the forums. The answer - SBsettings. Now take that one step further, how about screen brightness? Toggle bluetooth on and off with a single button on the home screen anyone? Edge and 3G? You get the idea... Try it out!


h3>5. Qik

Another area that iPhone customers get the short end of the stick on is streaming live media. Until now that is. Let me introduce you to a little app called Qik. Qik offers iPhone users access to internet video streaming over their cellular network. Be sure to check the Qik link above to get yourself up and streaming over the internet!


Hopefully after reading this you are finally off the fence and will either Jailbreak or simply decide it isn't for you. If you do jailbreak, this list of must-have jailbroken apps should keep you busy for some time. For more information about jailbreaking please visit our Jailbreak Apps forum along with Jailbreak Central!

[Special thanks to all the members of the forum who contributed to app ideas in the following thread: Must Have Jailbreak Apps?]

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Top 5 Must-Have Jailbreak Apps: Part Two


Now I'm curious.. Anyone feel up to a "iPhoneMode vs PDANet" or "IntelliScreen vs Status Notifier" post?

i jail broke my phone but when ever i do it , it just messes up my phone... is there any way to prevent this from happening?

i jailbroke my phone so i could down load the app that lets u have landscape mode for text and email. and my phone just was going real slow and at one point every time i wanted to go to call someone or look at my phone book it would go to the dial phone screen then freeze and crash so i got rid of it... but id like to jail break my phone with out it getting messed up, im just not a huge computer guy.. like you know how theres so many addons that come with jail breaking it i feel like one of those things were interfearing with my i just wanted to know if anyone could give me advice on what packages i should downlaod and waht i should stay away from

@Russ: that landscape testing app had isssues at first with 2.1 and 2.2 when they first released. They have since been updated and have worked perfect for me.
I think QuickGold (quick app/contact launcher/dialer) should be added to this list, if not already. Along with iRealSMS (landscape texting/forwarding/reply without opening the app).

I haven't used Status Notifier but I don't think I could go back to a non-jailbroken phone after using Intelliscreen. Knowing what's up at-a-glance is where it's at and Apple missed a real trick there.

hey... thanks guys for the advice.... honestly i think im just gonna keep it non-jailbroken, it just seems way to complicated and risky.. doesnt really seem worth it to me if i just wanna get an app to allow sms in landscape

I just jailbroke my fone. I have downloaded some apps. Every time I go into Cydia and come back out, my icons are moved around to different screens, even the ones on the dock.
What am I doing wrong?
Also, some of the themes I've loaded don't show up on the iphone. I have the 2.2 jailbreak and 16gb 3G iPhone.

@The Don: Themes show up in the Winterboard app. As for the icons moving, that's very odd and i've never heard of it after a jailbreak.

I have a 16GB 3g Iphone on T-mobile and the best thing about jail breaking your iphone is the jailbroken apps that allows u to get cracked apps for free!! So u Appstore lovers pay up, we are getting everything u have for free. HAHAHAHAHA

hey guys, im curious in the statusNotifier screen there is also a MMS icon. any idea what program provides MMS functionality?

"we are getting everything u have for free. " I guess since you are from DC it is easy to justify theft. As for me, a $3.99 app is not worth my integrity

As Fred Smith said... yes, it is possible to get "cracked" apps for free. But why would you bother unless you had pistol-whipped someone in order to get your iPhone? Even $12 for an app isn't that much and that's the most that I've had to pay. Assuming you bought your phone legally it is just pathetic to get out of paying $1 or $2 for some apps for your phone.

MMS is possible via sending emails to there phones or via the cydia featured app "SwirlyMMS". Havent used it in months but worked fine once configured. Hope that helps

Just a helpful hint I thought I'd pass along if you don't already know- if you're having trouble after Jailbreaking your iPhone, it may be because you downloaded Kate from Installer. I don't know if this has already been discussed, but I had an issue with my phone tonight (the phone kept crashing and I couldn't dial anyone not in my contacts/couldn't see the keypad and other features). I uninstalled Kate but my phone didn't immediately get better. It was strange, I got an incoming call afterward and THEN my phone started acting normally again.
Hope this helps anyone having a similar issue.
PS- I vote for the NES emulator to be on this list too!

Hi i just got my new iphone 3G for at&t and im still debating wether or not i should jailbreak my phone. Many people tell me that it's awesome and the best at first but then your phone starts crashing and freezing. Is that true? Is it really worthy jailbreaking or should i just leave it how it is? I don't want that to happen to my phone but i also want to see the things you can do when you jailbreak.

CadillacEfromDC, congratulations and good for you for figuring out how to get everything you want for free. But you should at least have the sense to realize that when you do that, you're leeching off of the people who do pay. so instead of laughing, you should be thanking the people who do pay for supporting the developers and providing you all these apps to steal. lame.

Is there a way to turn off the SMS reminder? Ever seen an incoming text on the screen, read the message without replying, then the phone goes off 5 minutes later, only to remind you that you havent awknowledged the first message? Its really annoying,
I would almost pay for an app that solves this problem. Please, I'm sure someone has figured it out.

AH HA!! The jailbreak process solves this! Nevermind. I haven't noticed the problem being gone since jailbreaking it. OK, now we have ANOTHER reason to jailbreak our iPhones.

American entitlement mentality at its worst. You do realize, don't you, that these apps cost 6.99 because they have to recoup the cost of self-aggrandizing entitled thieves such as yourself.

Seriously people. We all pay for apps because when we pay, the devs keep making apps. If everyone stole the apps, the devs wouldn't bother to make anything (save for a few who kindly do things for free). Once they stop making them, then there won't be anything to get for free.
Me personally, I buy apps for my 3G S, and download some others (to try them out or whatever) and get free stuff for my old iPhone. I've been buying for the start, so I'm set in that department. I can't imagine how someone can just steal so much. But I suppose that's what people want things, do nothing to get things.
And by the way, not all apps that are 99c are crap. If you do research, you'll find a great number of 99c apps have been great. To name a few: CircuitStrike_One, iDracula, Pocket god, Peggle, Moonlights, Blimp, Let's Golf... The list goes on and on.
Rather than just assuming something is the way it is, do a little thinking and research before you spit out a reply to someone's opinion. (This is to those who don't think. coughCadilaccough)

the fart machine app was .99 and the guy who made it made a million dollars off it. apps cost next to nothing to make. if 100 people buy it you break even. the thing thats stupid is when you buy an app and it blows. its a waste of money. i would have easily paid a grand for the apps i have on my phone. i have all of netters anatomy apps which are $50 a piece.
i dont care if im getting something for free. theres been a billion downloads in the app store, no one is losing money. everything in itunes is a rip off. if you buy a single song for a dollar, you have to pay another dollar to make it a ringtone. things like this are retarded. couple that with apple not putting basic features on the iphone until the 3rd release. shit camera, no mms, no copy paste, no video camera.. come on. the phone costs hundreds of dollars. i wont lose sleep at night because some dev doesnt get my .99

btw, the first starred out word is f a r t. lol i guess it's a bad word and needs to be filtered

Well. I use that source but in a different way.. I trndto find an app I'm interested in and will download it from the source and try it out. If it is worththe money and a decent app I will then go and buy it. I know they have lite versions of their apps in the app store but it's not the same. So there is a good reason to hve cracked apps. I mean how many people out there downloaded an app just to get pissed cause it sucked