Microsoft shuts down ChevronWP7 Windows Phone unlocking

Microsoft shuts down ChevronWP7 Windows Phone unlocking
Back in January, the ChevronWP7 team sold out of its Microsoft sanctioned Developer Unlock tokens for Windows Phone. Since then, developers looking to unlock their Windows Phone device needed get the official developer kit from Microsoft by coughing up $99 or find and install an unofficial ROM.

While there were hopes that because of the overwhelming response to ChevronWP7 Labs’ tokens Microsoft would authorize another round, it looks like those were just pipe dreams because Microsoft has just nixed the whole project.

The goal of ChevronWP7 Labs was to convert potential developers into published developers by removing the initial cost barrier to becoming a Windows Phone app developer. While the team sold 10,000 tokens in a short amount of time, unfortunately the majority of those people never actually published an app in the Marketplace.

Within a 120 days from today, all phones that were unlocked using the ChevronWP7 Labs service will be re-locked. Microsoft is, however, offering paid ChevronWP7 customers a complimentary 1-year Microsoft App Hub membership. That service is valued at $99 and will at least give current users an additional year unlocked.

source: ChevronWP7



3. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

The Library Of Congress ruled that if you've paid for your device, then you own it! It's yours! You may unlock it, you may root it, you may 'jailbreak' it, you may install custom ROMS, you may throw it off of your 3rd floor balcony if you wish. It's your property; do as you wish...

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so this only affects those that paid to unlock, not those that unlocked it themselves. Wow, way to punish people for trying to do it legally, MS.

1. alphadouche

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

microsoft should have learnt from the underground community 2 c wat people really want....they did not. and now wp7.5 is a joke.... no custom sms tones.... no background wallpaper options...... only 4 decent theme colors. . to change these u need to spend hours unlocking the device and downloading sdk packages from microsoft

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