Best work and play apps for your jailbroken iPhone

Jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch used to be a somewhat complicated process, but now it couldn't be easier: Simply go to the website jailbreakme.com, and you're done. As a bonus, jailbreakme.com gives you access to the Cydia store of apps for your newly jailbroken device.

As a warning, jailbroken apps aren't like standard software you buy from Apple's App Store. For one thing, they don't place a little icon on your home screen that you simply tap to launch the app. In fact, these apps have little to no visible presence at all. Although some require you to download and install the MobileTerminal app, which gives you a command-line interface, most apps merely add background functionality to your device -- no launching necessary.

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That said, here are some of our favorite jailbroken apps.

Wi-Fi SyncPrice: $9.99 Developer: Greg Hughes

We talk about iPhones and such being wireless devices, but they aren't truly wireless: You need a cable to sync it with a desktop or laptop PC. Then you need to actually sit down with your device, your computer, and that cable (if you can remember where you put it) before you sync your handheld.

Wi-Fi Sync lets you forget about that whole process by doing exactly what its name implies: syncing devices over Wi-Fi. It's a handy app that offers functionality Apple probably should have included in the first place. Get it from the Cydia Store.

NES 3Price: $5.99 Developer: Jonathan Zdziarski

Video game systems have grown more sophisticated over the years, but are they really more fun than the original Nintendo Entertainment System? It's not just nostalgia that makes the NES seem so good -- it also boasts classic games like the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Brothers 1-3, and the Mega Man series. With this handy app, you can carry all those terrific games around with you all the time.

To be clear, though, just as you had to buy a console to play the games, this app provides the emulated console but not any actual games. However, a Google search can help you track down the ROMs you want. Get it from the Cydia Store.

QuickReply for SMSPrice: $2.99 Develper: Gaurav Khanna

QuickReply offers a simple solution to a minor annoyance: having to switch over to your SMS app in order to respond to a message. With QuickReply, all you have to do is double-tap on the message, and you can start typing your response, no matter what screen you're on when the SMS is first received. According to the developer, QuickReply will soon come free. No timeline is given, but if you hold out, you can save three bucks. Get it from the Cydia Store.

SBOrganizerPrice: 99 cents Developer: Pragmatix Consulting

Perhaps you, like many iOS device owners, went a little app crazy when you first got your new handheld, adding apps left and right. No problem there, but it raises the issue of how to organize all those app icons on your home screen. Traditionally, you'd have to plug your device into your PC and reorganize the home screens via iTunes, or you could move each app icon manually on the device in an extremely painstaking process. SBOrganizer offers an easier way: reorganizing the home screens right on your device.

SBOrganizer makes home screen organization a three-step process: Click the Reorder button, reorder the home screens however you want, and click Done. That's it. You can do it anywhere, anytime, and you can even create and merge unlimited amounts of home screen pages. Get it from the Cydia Store.

ResupportedPrice: $1.99 Developer: Phoenix-Dev

One big downside of Apple's control-freak nature is that it leaves users beholden to Steve Jobs and company for simple items. Take iPhone video playback, for example. You can run video out of your iPhone and into your TV, but Apple will charge you a whopping $50 for the component AV cable to do so.

Resupported lets you dodge the "unsupported accessory" error message and use whatever cable you like -- as long as it has the necessary adapters to plug into your device and your TV, you should be good to go. The latest version also includes support for third-party video apps like YouTube. Get it from the Cydia Store.

iWipePrice: $2.99 Developer: Jonathan Zdziarski

When it comes to getting rid of data, there's deleting a file and there's completely eliminating a file. Many people believe simply deleting a file means you're rid of it. Not so -- that data can still be recovered.

iWipe makes sure deleted files are gone for good by covering up the freed memory space where deleted files can still exist post-deletion. Once the iWipe application is run, deleted data cannot be recovered, so that embarrassing photo or sensitive info will truly never see the light of day. Get it from the Cydia Store.

BTstack KeyboardPrice: $5 Developer: Matthias Ringwald

OK, show of hands: Who actually likes typing on an iPhone or iPod Touch? Wouldn't it be so much easier to use a real keyboard? BTstack Keyboard is a simple, effective app that lets users forgo single-finger hunt-and-pecking in favor of using a Bluetooth keyboard -- just like an iPad. Your index finger will thank you for grabbing this app. Get it from the Cydia Store.

Firewall iPPrice: $2.99 Developer: Ruediger Rill

Firewall iP is exactly what it says it is: a firewall. Nothing too sexy about that, but it sure is handy to have, particularly if you plan to use your iOS device for business purposes. Firewall iP blocks ads as well as unwanted outgoing TCP and UDP connections, and it gives you a heads-up when an app tries to connect to a host. It also lets you decide whether you want an app to send out data, meaning you can prevent third parties from gathering usage information about you. Get it from the Cydia Store.

OverBoardPrice: $1.99 Developer: Ryan Petrich

This simple but handy app tackles the problem of an overstuffed home screen. In a nutshell, it shows users an overview of their home screen pages and lets them jump to the one they want instead of having to swipe through them one at a time. Users with pages upon pages of apps will likely find OverBoard a welcome respite from their daily "find the home screen with the app I want" games. Get it from the Cydia Store.

iSmartDialer+Price: $3.99 Developer: Barzilay Software

Rather than being a full app unto itself, iSmartDialer+ augments an existing app, namely the iPhone's native Phone app. The added features are fairly run of the mill -- letting users search for contacts, speed dial, autocomplete, and SMS from within the dialer -- but considering that these are functions most people will use (and Apple should've bundled in the first place), they should be a welcome addition to your iPhone. Get it from the Cydia Store.

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