WP7 devices unlocked with ChevronWP7 will start to re-lock in August
1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
ugh.. i hate how microsoft struck a deal with chevron... the only way to unlock for free has been to go all the way back to nodo, unlock, and then update... microsoft just needs to start playing the jailbreak game like apple does so we can actually get an ios-quality jailbreaking thing going..
2. snowgator (Posts: 3350; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I am a little confused as to how the "jail-breaking" helps the company. How does it help Microsoft, or how has it helped Apple?
3. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
More people developing for the platform, even via homebrew, is always good for the parent company, especially Microsoft, which has been desperate to grow the Marketplace.
4. Penny (Posts: 1398; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
In addition to the additional apps that would result, homebrew developers are great for showcasing what kinds of things can be achieved in the OS, something that can help Microsoft out greatly in figuring out what features they should be implementing. Microsoft has to stick to its business, keep customers happy, and look to make a profit always. The benefit of following the work of homebrew developers is that they aren't subject to the same constraints, and you can therefore see some very cool and creative things come out of that world.
7. snowgator (Posts: 3350; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Thanks, gang. I should have easily connected those dots myself. Appreciate it.
5. cityeighteen (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
If MS wants to be seen as giving more freedom to users than the iPhone, they should probably introduce some Android-style homebrew options in WP8, most especially the ability to sideload applications without having to otherwise hack into the system
6. Penny (Posts: 1398; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
That's exactly what ChevronWP7 was. It was a way to unlock your device so that you could sideload homebrew apps and make your own. Now that they are going to shut this down, we will have to see if they have any plans to replace the program.
8. cityeighteen (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
A big problem with Chevron was that you had to pay for it, and if you had the Chevron unlock, signing up for the App Hub became a more complicated process.