WP7 devices unlocked with ChevronWP7 will start to re-lock in August

WP7 devices unlocked with ChevronWP7 will start to re-lock in August
We know that the title sounds like a downer for the Windows Phone homebrew scene, but actually it shouldn't be such a bad thing that ChevronWP7 unlocked devices are going to start re-locking in August, because it seems that Microsoft has a plan as it transitions the platform to Windows Phone 8. 

If you don't know, ChevronWP7 was originally a tool to jailbreak WP7 devices, but became a compromise program in which Microsoft allowed 10,000 unlock codes to be sold for just $9 each. This allowed the burgeoning WP7 homebrew community to get sanctioned access to unlocking devices, which helped the homebrew community by making it easier to unlock devices, and helped Microsoft by keeping the homebrew community from trying too hard to break the system. Those 10,000 unlock codes started selling in November 2011, and were all sold by January of this year, and the program was officially shut down in April. 

Now, it has been announced that devices unlocked using ChevronWP7 will begin re-locking as of August 11th (perhaps the launch date for WP8?) Devices will re-lock when connected to a PC and run through the Zune software. That's the bad news, but the good news is that ChevronWP7 has a list of "over 8,000" users who had purchased codes, who will now get a free one year membership to Microsoft's App Hub development tools (this is normally $99 per year). Those users will be able to unlock their devices again using Microsoft's tools in the App Hub, and keep on working. 

The ChevronWP7 team is saying to "stay tuned" for more homebrew options for Windows Phone. 

source: ChevronWP7

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8 Comments

1. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Thanks, gang. I should have easily connected those dots myself. Appreciate it.

5. cityeighteen

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 28, 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: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@ cityeighteen 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: Mar 28, 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.

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