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A jailbreaker from George Mason University is pulling in $50,000 per year jailbreaking and unlocking iPhones for those who have no idea where to begin. No joke.
The Washington Post has reported that Kevin Lee has turned jailbreaking into a fledgling business while attending university. While the business started out as a small job, it’s turned into a 30-40 phones per week operation.
Holy smokes. I was aware that a number of people offer to do iPhone jailbreaking for others at a cost, via Craigslist and similar advertising mediums. I hadn’t ever imagined it would add up to a $50K a year living though – and I imagine that Mr. Kevin Lee has been very smart about his approach and offers a great service.
Even so, if my math is right jailbreaking 40 iPhone per week would be a 20 hour a week job if you assume an average of half an hour spent on each phone. And let’s be honest, if you know what you’re doing on jailbreaking, 30 minutes is far more than needed for the average process. Maybe you get to 30 if you count in time for talking to the customer beforehand, assuring them it’s safe to do, answering some questions, and a little hand-holding once the jailbreak is done. The jailbreak itself, in the vast majority of cases, should take 5 minutes or less.
20 Hours a eek for $50K a year doesn’t seem like back-breaking work to me.
I’m polishing up my Craigslist as now.