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ChevronWP7, an unlocking tool designed to foster homebrew applications on Windows Phone, is shutting its doors fully on August 11th. Although the team, in conjunction with Microsoft, announced the end of the program back in April — existing Windows Phone devices unlocked with a ChevronWP7 token will start to re-lock on August 11th. Devices will re-lock if connected to a PC running Microsoft’s Zune software.
Microsoft’s original agreement with ChevronWP7 allowed for a maximum of 10,000 unlock tokens to be sold at $ 9 per device, a limit that was reached in January. We spoke to Rafael Rivera, a member of ChevronWP7, who confirmed that the team will be providing Microsoft a list of customers that are eligible for a free App Hub membership…
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Last year ChevronWP7 Labs — in conjunction with Microsoft — began selling $ 9 tokens that would allow owners of Windows Phone devices to unlock their phones and sideload apps. It was intended as a way to promote developer adoption of the Windows Phone platform, but the experiment has now drawn to a close. According to the team, while the project saw massive uptake from users, it didn’t translate into an influx of new apps, with most participants simply unlocking their devices “for non-developmental reasons.” The program also led to confusion as to the exact capabilities provided by the solution, as well as an influx of support requests. Microsoft’s original agreement with ChevronWP7 Labs allowed for a maximum of 10,000 unlock tokens…
The ChevronWP7 team announced on Friday the immediately availability of a Windows Phone unlock tool.
The ChevronWP7 labs tool allows Windows Phone users to unlock their device to install, run and debug unsigned applications on their handsets. Microsoft and the ChevronWP7 unlock team announced in June that they were teaming up to produce a low-cost developer unlock tool. The tool will make Windows Phone development more accessible and allow developers to avoid the typical $ 99 per year cost of becoming a full Windows Phone developer. The team will charge $ 9 for the solution that allows developers to unlock their devices. The tool will simply allow developers to unlock their devices and experiment with applications before signing up to publish apps. The application is available immediately and Windows Phone users can simply follow these steps:
- A Windows Live ID will be required for registration
- ChevronWP7 Labs will distribute “unlock token”. The charge is $ 9.00 via PayPal or credit card per single device
- Download and install a custom unlock tool
- Device placed into an unlock queue managed by ChevronWP7 labs team
- Windows Phone device unlocked to load on custom XAPs and homebrew applications
ChevronWP7 labs will allow for homebrew applications to be loaded onto the device. For example:
- Screen Capture v3 – Take screenshots from your Windows Phone 7
- Mango Battery Status – Check your phone’s battery life on a Live Tile
- Webserver (Mango) – Host a website from your device
Microsoft originally blocked the ChevronWP7 application that unlocks Windows Phone 7 devices for homebrew third-party applications. Microsoft representatives met with Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng of the ChevronWP7 team earlier this year to discuss the tool and Microsoft’s plans to support homebrew applications on Windows Phone 7.
Windows Phone ChevronWP7 unlock now available, homebrew apps come alive originally appeared at WinRumors.com.