The IB Times has learnt exclusively that the 'FastRa1n' tool, which claims to offer an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 devices, is a fake.
A member of the iPhone Dev Team - a website that offers genuine and free jailbreaking and unlocking software for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch - confirmed the news to the IB Times today.
The member, who uses the name @comex on Twitter confirmed that the software is fake, and therefore we advice that readers do not pay the $24.99 asing price, as there will be a free, reliable alternative available soon.
A tethered jailbreak was announced last week, meaning any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 5 (apart from the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S) can be jailbroken, but the process is required every time the device is rebooted.
An untethered jailbreak only needs to be performed once, and fake website FastUnlockiPhone.com claims to offer this service.
The site is trying to charge $24.99 for an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak, called 'FastRa1n v5.0'. Jailbreaking of Apple devices has been around since the original iPhone in 2007 and a general rule of thumb is that if there is a charge, then it is probably fake.
A safe place for jailbreaking and unlocking information and software is the Dev-Team Blog, which offers detailed advice and instruction on how to safely run jailbreaking software on iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch.
Since 2007 software needed to jailbreak and/or unlock iOS devices has been freely distributed, and although some companies have attempted to charge for these services, users are recommended to exercise extreme caution.
The IBTimes has received comments agreeing that' FastRa1n' is fake, with one commenter saying: "This is not a legit jailbreak, usually companies like this wait till the REAL jailbreak is available, rename it and sell it as theirs. Don't be fooled..."
Another commenter agreed: "Yeah, willing to call this one fake too, definitely don't pay for a jailbreak, a free (and proper) one will be out soon enough."