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Since Apple released its new operating system -- iOS 5 -- in October, the technology world has witnessed a series of jailbreaks.

Usually jailbreaks for iPhones, iPads and iPods are completely free and they come from reliable sources like the iPhone Dev team and the Chronic Dev team. However, there are now several unreliable jailbreaks that popped up immediately after the release of iOS 5; indeed, these follow the release of almost any operating system from Apple.

The latest piece of software in the untethered jailbreak space is Easy Ra1n and it is available for $24.99.

The Easy Web site claims it can unlock an iPhone 4 running iOS 5.0.1, jailbreak an iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.1 and unlock the iPhone 3Gs/3G also with the iOS 5.0.1. In addition, it claims to be able to jailbreak the iPhone 3Gs/3G with iOS 5.0.1, without losing features or functionality.

The jailbreak claims the user can use any GSM SIM card worldwide and offer lifetime updates and support. It also claims it can enable video chat on 3G and 3GS iPhones and remain compatible with all baseband versions. However, there are, as yet, no reports proving the jailbreak is authentic.

Earlier, FastRa1n 0.5 was the first supposedly untethered jailbreak to appear after the iOS 5's release. However, a Dev team member, who uses the name @comex on Twitter, confirmed it was fake software.

Another program, released by Ghost App for the same price ($24.99) also claims to be able unlock the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S. However, the fact that the Web site charges the same $24.99 for the untethered jailbreak and does not offer either a trial or a demo version sends warning signals to all iOS 5 users.