ChevronWP7 team unlocks Windows Phone with new app [Update]

Want to run apps that are not officially approved by Microsoft on your Windows Phone 7 device? You might think that you would need some program developed by illegal hacking techniques to accomplish this feat. But now all you need is to pay up some money to download and use the new ChevronWP7 Labs application at its official web site.

For the price of $9 you can get the new app (in 32-bit and 64-bit versions) which the ChevronWP7 team developed with the full approval and even some help from Microsoft itself. Although any Windows Phone 7 smartphone owners can use this app, the ChevronWP7 team created mainly to assist homebrew app developers to create, test and debug programs that are currently unapproved and unsigned for the Windows Phone 7 marketplace.

Since the ChevronWP7 team released the Windows Phone 7 app on Friday it has run into some issues. The team took the program offline temporarily to fix some problems. The app was made available early this morning but apparently there are some more problems, this time with the payment section of the site, that have required the temporary closing of the payment action "until we resolve some service issues".

With new Windows Phone 7.5 devices from HTC and Samsung due to be released next week here in the US, there's going to be a bigger market for Windows Phone apps and this kind of tool will certainly be helpful for app creators to test out their programs before they submit them to the Windows Phone Marketplace for their official release.

Update: It looks like everything is back online once again. People who downloaded the older client are now asked to download a new version from the site.

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who the heck would pay to unlock the phone anyways? even on winmo, android and the iphone it's free. this is just a way to make money for microsoft. what advantage does unlocking do anyways? can they access the registry now? are we going to get custom themes or roms? the platform has been out for well over a year and i don't think many will be paying to unlock unless there is development happening.

im still curious to see what happens with the platform now.

There will be quite a few devs out there that will unlock their phone with this. I will do it. I have written a little app a while ago, but than it just lay there on my computer, with no way to put it on my phone. I now this isn't an app I will be able to make money with, and I don't want to shell out 99$ so I can use it myself. So getting my own apps on it for 9$ is really fine for me, especially since it IS supported by MS.

dodgetigger said,
There will be quite a few devs out there that will unlock their phone with this. I will do it. I have written a little app a while ago, but than it just lay there on my computer, with no way to put it on my phone. I now this isn't an app I will be able to make money with, and I don't want to shell out 99$ so I can use it myself. So getting my own apps on it for 9$ is really fine for me, especially since it IS supported by MS.

If you have a .edu email or know someone who does, just sign up for dreamspark. Students get access to the WP7 dev program for free.

alexalex said,
So, unlocking Android is free, jailbreaking iOS is free and Microsoft needs these pennies so bad.

Quaint, but this isn't from Microsoft.

Max Norris said,

Quaint, but this isn't from Microsoft.

and it wont break your warranty, you will still get all the support from microsoft, will get everything you expect from a regular OS, something iOS wont give and android cannot afford, considering things only work when you unlock an android

Besides, while rooting Android is free, there sure are a lot of pay apps for rooters that many of them not only are willing to pay for, but also behave like they're apps rooters SHOULD have (ie., Root Explorer).

Once you've bought all the 'standard' root-only pay Android apps, you've paid well over nine bucks.

smooth3006 said,
hmm... could this bring custom UI's to the platform finally?

Seriously...shut up. No one cares about your stupid Android-like future for Windows Phone. The UI is great...it's not about "tiles," but it's really about the art of typography (see here, since most people like you don't really understand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typography). That's why there's major amounts of emphasis on text and little emphasis on unimportant excess elements. If you can't appreciate Metro, then you don't really have any business buying a customized Windows Phone at all. Stick with your unartistic and uninnovative Android.

PlogCF said,

Seriously...shut up. No one cares about your stupid Android-like future for Windows Phone. The UI is great...it's not about "tiles," but it's really about the art of typography (see here, since most people like you don't really understand: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typography). That's why there's major amounts of emphasis on text and little emphasis on unimportant excess elements. If you can't appreciate Metro, then you don't really have any business buying a customized Windows Phone at all. Stick with your unartistic and uninnovative Android.

hmmm... did i strike a nerve? are you afraid of new UI's replacing metro? wp7 fanboy or not im sure change is coming and it's for the better.

Darrian said,
You can't replace the UI, only sideload apps. Get used to the tiles or get a different phone.

Nokia can.

artistandalias said,

For sure, but only 6.0 and older =)

for now I can't think of any old Windows Mobile applications that I need, but when I first got my WP7, I tried to install one or two applications, was disappointed that it wouldn't let me. IF i run into the situation again where I need to get an old app on my phone, I'll consider this. Thanks!

Dale said,

for now I can't think of any old Windows Mobile applications that I need, but when I first got my WP7, I tried to install one or two applications, was disappointed that it wouldn't let me. IF i run into the situation again where I need to get an old app on my phone, I'll consider this. Thanks!

Don't listen to them. Windows Phone 7 Will NOT run ANY windows mobile apps. The api's and restrictions aren't the same.

Dale said,
IF i run into the situation again where I need to get an old app on my phone, I'll consider this. Thanks!

It DOESN'T work. You won't be able to get applications for Win Mobile 6 or older to work on WP7. WP7 is a totally new OS, and the old Win Mobile stuff won't run on it.

dodgetigger said,

It DOESN'T work. You won't be able to get applications for Win Mobile 6 or older to work on WP7. WP7 is a totally new OS, and the old Win Mobile stuff won't run on it.

thanks, at the moment there is nothing that I need anyways, I thought that WP7 was based upon the Windows Mobile platform, just really stripped down. So I thought in certain ways it could be possible to make a Windows Mobile application run.

Dale said,

thanks, at the moment there is nothing that I need anyways, I thought that WP7 was based upon the Windows Mobile platform, just really stripped down. So I thought in certain ways it could be possible to make a Windows Mobile application run.


well, it's not stripped down lol.
and some developers ported their original WM apps to WP7 (with respect to design and functionality differences).

Some additional points we want to bring to your attention:
•The 10-year-old Windows XP operating system is not supported. This is a limitation imposed by various Windows Phone prerequisites of this century.

lol

billyea said,
Can't stop it? Monetize it! Smart move, Microsoft.
This also helps MS so they can control what people would have done through any means necessary, which could have really messed up a phone. Smart move that lets them provide a safe way to dev unlock their phone without impacting future updates.