Best work and play apps for your jailbroken iPhone

So you've successfully jailbroken your iOS device -- now what? Try these 10 apps for starters

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BTstack Keyboard

Price: $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 iP

Price: $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.


Price: $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.


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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