Cydia, a Debian packaging front-end client for jailbroken iPhones, iPods and iPads, has been blocked recently by three carriers internationally. It is reported that Three UK, Three Ireland and China Unicom have all blocked access to Cydia’s servers from their 3G networks.
In America, a DMCA exception has been made to allow jailbreaking, rendering it legal, but that isn’t honoured worldwide.
RedmondPie reports from a user:
A new thing has happened today
I live in the UK and have an iPhone 4 on three…
You probably don’t know, but three blocks a lot of websites including Warez and ****.
However now, they have also blocked Cydia and I have attached a photo too to show it but it works fine on wifi.
This effects all three customers contract or PAYG and also cannot be unblocked unlike **** with a pin, like Warez its blocked for everyone.
FIRST PICTURE = 3G
SECOND PICTURE = WIFI
It is rumoured however that Apple may have been a factor in the blocking of Cydia, if not the cause itself, but I guess we won’t know for sure. Who may be next to disallow access to Cydia?
The only thing we’re certain of is that those jailbroken folks in Ireland, the UK and China will have to go home and use their Wi-Fi to download the latest tweak!