In personal electronics, jailbreak is a synonym for hack. The purpose of a jailbreak to enable the use of 3rd party software on a proprietary device — of course, once you jailbreak your cell phone or MP3 player or nintendo game, you void the manufacturer’s warranty. The term gained popularity with the release of the first iPhone when determined users figured out how to unlock the phone from AT&T and use the phone with a SIM card from another carrier.
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