Jailbroken iPhones now covered under SquareTrade warranty
Forfeiting your warranty has always been the cost of admission to hacking your device. With SquareTrade’s new terms you can effectively have your cake and eat it too.
SquareTrade is a third-party provider of warranty services for electronics. In addition to extending the manufacturer’s coverage, one of SquareTrade’s claims to fame was its early addition of accidental damage protection far before other popular warranty services offered this type of coverage.
Currently, neither manufacturers nor carriers will support a device that has been hacked. Apple established early on that it would not honor a warranty for a device that had been jailbroken, making AppleCare, and the recently added option of AppleCare+, essentially useless to those looking to customize their devices outside of Apple’s sanctions.
SquareTrade has modified its terms to allow for coverage of jailbroken iPhones. Now before you try and swap out your iPhone from a jailbreak gone awry, be advised that SquareTrade does not (rightfully so) cover issues that arise as a result of jailbreaking. It also does not cover hardware that was tampered with, but it is nice to see a company not demonizing the act of jailbreaking as the be-all, end-all warranty killer.