If you have an Iphone, you’re probably as aggravated as I am with the lack of very basic functionality this advanced piece of hardware provides. What really irks me is that it’s not that the Iphone can’t do this stuff, it’s that Apple turned it off. It can make movies. It can send and receive MMS texts. It can do anything a PC can to a large degree. For some inexplicable reason Apple decided people couldn’t have those very basic functions any cheap cell phone will do. That wouldn’t be bad enough, but the Iphone package is EXPENSIVE compared to any other. So, my feeling for a long time was I was paying three times the going rate to get screwed. I was pretty much determined to ditch my Iphone entirely. Eat the penalty and just know better than dealing with Apple products in the future.
However, two things happened. First, my wife qualified for a national plan. That knocked the monthly expense down tremendously when coupling with a family plan. The phone itself became tolerable at that point. But, I still wished I had my old phone that had video recording and MMS texting.
Finally, the kicker was I jailbroke my phone. If you own an Iphone, this is the only way to go. Sure, you void the warranty, but quite frankly, as displeased as I was with what I had, if it broke again, I wouldn’t replace it. Now that it’s jailbroke, it suddenly opens the potential of what Iphones can be. It suddenly takes videos! Now, these are kind of strange videos granted due to how the Iphone records images. But, in case of emergency, which I have all the time with a six year old son, it’s there. In good light it works very well. In poor light, not so much if at all. I have actually changed a couple of text ringtones. In lieu of the Star Trek premier, my texts now signal me with the Star Trek communicator chirps. Once again, not an option with Apple. There are SMS apps which I haven’t fooled with yet. And, basically, the entire phone is now modifiable. Want a different logo? Change it. Want totally different standard ringtones, change them. Want a different voicemail handler? Change it. It’s all modifiable now.
Why in the hell Apple/AT&T didn’t just do this in the first place is beyond me.
One caution tho, an OS upgrade will cause issues, possibly serious ones. At this time, I just don’t allow any upgrades. Once it becomes necessary, I’ll restore the original factory setup and start all over again.
And, immediately jailbreak it.