RIP ChevronWP7, thanks for all the memories.

It was back in November 2010 that ChevronWP7 was released. This was the application that allowed Windows Phone 7 users, who didn’t have a Marketplace developer account, to unlock their phone. This would then allow them to sideload applications on the device, for testing/experimenting, that couldn’t be submitted to the Marketplace.

Jailbreaking has and will be a source of debate between the homebrew community and the hardware and software providers. But this was the first application that gained the blessing of Microsoft themselves in trying to attract more developers to the platform and make themselves look that little bit cooler in the process.

The ChevronWP7 app was available to anyone for $9 and was developed with a little help from Microsoft. It was released just in time for Windows Phone 7.5 (or Mango), in November 2011. But in April this year it was announced that the project was coming to an end, mostly thanks to confusion over what the app actually did for users. Although anyone that did purchase the app would get a free one year membership to the official Windows Phone App Hub (now the Windows Phone Dev Center).

So now, when you next sync your Windows Phone to your PC the device will be locked again. But you will be able to unlock the device again using the Windows Phone SDK’s Developer Registration tool.

Did any of you use ChevronWP7 to unlock your Windows Phone? Would you like to see the same functionality available in Windows Phone 8? We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

Source: Windows Phone Daily
Images: Neowin via IStartedSomething and WPCentral

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i coded the first and only working cracks for a series of LG phones that all use the same content database system and i called it a "Tool".
I have ALWAYS hated the term "Jailbreak" it sounds so stupid its crazy.
Who ever came up with that term should be slapped up side the head !
And i mention this because of the ego vanity T-Shirt the guy is holding in one of the pics in this story.
I guess some people like the attention they get from a phone hack lol
Makes me think i should get some printed up for my work / hax

About his t-shirt: after charging nine bucks per license per year I think he's gotten a lot more out of it than a "lousy t-shirt".

How many folks pre-paid more than a year, I wonder ...

zhiVago said,
About his t-shirt: after charging nine bucks per license per year I think he's gotten a lot more out of it than a "lousy t-shirt".

How many folks pre-paid more than a year, I wonder ...

WHAT ?
He's charging money for his crack ?
OMG what sad little man !
err uhh "Big" man lol

People who make money off of things like this are pathetic .

Brony said,
It is the main reason why Android is better than IOS and WP, complete freedom.

some people actually like using their phones more than tinkering around with it.

Brony said,
It is the main reason why Android is better than IOS and WP, complete freedom.

So my Android is better because I need to root it to do the same what I can do with my WP7 without sideloading it? Your logic seems a bit falwed. Without rooting Android is a lot more closed than WP7 is out of the box.

Brony said,
It is the main reason why Android is better than IOS and WP, complete freedom.
Freedom? It's anything but that. iOS is so locked down, especially the appstore. Android may have an open appstore, but it's still locked up. You gotta jailbreak/root your phone for true freedom.

Brony said,
It is the main reason why Android is better than IOS and WP, complete freedom.

Like iOS, Android does not offer complete freedom out-of-the-box and must be rooted. That makes the basis for your belief wrong.

Shadrack said,

Like iOS, Android does not offer complete freedom out-of-the-box and must be rooted. That makes the basis for your belief wrong.


With Android, you can enable the ability to install "apk" files by checking a single check box on the phone. This is a very important feature to me, even if I only use it rarely.

Shadrack said,

Like iOS, Android does not offer complete freedom out-of-the-box and must be rooted. That makes the basis for your belief wrong.


First of all Android (i.e. the product Google makes) DOES offer complete freedom out-of-the-box. You just need to bring your own hardware so their customers are the hardware vendors not the eventual end users. The hardware vendors then place restrictions, not google or Android. On top of that the carriers add more restrictions so when it gets to the user it does have a ton of restrictions but lets be clear that they are not imposed by Goggle or Android.
Even with the restrictions though Android offers more freedom than either iOS or WP7+ as you can sideload apps without having to root. The best/most obvious example of this is the fact that the Amazon App Store exists and runs on just about any Android phone even without root. Nothing like that is possible on iOS or WP7+.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

So my Android is better because I need to root it to do the same what I can do with my WP7 without sideloading it? Your logic seems a bit falwed. Without rooting Android is a lot more closed than WP7 is out of the box.

If a WP7 phone can do something that an Android phone cannot without rooting then you have the option of rooting it to enable you to modify it to do whatever that is.
If an Android phone does something a WP7+ cannot you can do nothing.
See the difference?
That said I don't believe the op said anything about making one OS do something that the other OS does.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

So my Android is better because I need to root it to do the same what I can do with my WP7 without sideloading it? Your logic seems a bit falwed. Without rooting Android is a lot more closed than WP7 is out of the box.


Oh really? So apple and MS let you sideload apps without paying ridiculously high fees every year? This is news to me.

did anyone get the exact amount of money ms gave the chevron team to shut the hell up?

the chevron team is one of the biggest sell outs ive read in some time; share some others as i may not remember right now

as Nokia are offical partners for wp ..any information regarding the matter of sideloading/jailbreaks/rooted for any Nokia WP 's get a legal notice to the site admins to take down or face legal action ..... Nokia are closely monitoring any activies around this matter

While I'd heard of ChevronWP7, I had no idea that this was its purpose. Maybe it's because I've never seen a Windows phone except for in stores, but I had no idea about "jailbreaking" WP7.

Anyway, if people can still "jailbreak" (what's the actual term for WP7?) their WP7, I guess this isn't the end of the world, just the end of an...era? I don't think WP7 has been around or popular long enough for this to be considered an "era"...

Intrinsica said,
While I'd heard of ChevronWP7, I had no idea that this was its purpose. Maybe it's because I've never seen a Windows phone except for in stores, but I had no idea about "jailbreaking" WP7.

Anyway, if people can still "jailbreak" (what's the actual term for WP7?) their WP7, I guess this isn't the end of the world, just the end of an...era? I don't think WP7 has been around or popular long enough for this to be considered an "era"...

I think there aren't so many "backstage" apps for WP7 to jailbreak it anyway or at least I haven't heard of them.

Intrinsica said,
While I'd heard of ChevronWP7, I had no idea that this was its purpose. Maybe it's because I've never seen a Windows phone except for in stores, but I had no idea about "jailbreaking" WP7.

Anyway, if people can still "jailbreak" (what's the actual term for WP7?) their WP7, I guess this isn't the end of the world, just the end of an...era? I don't think WP7 has been around or popular long enough for this to be considered an "era"...


It's called 'sideloading' for WP7 phones. I had to sideload my Mozart because Microsoft decision not to let me buy apps, which some, I feels worth my money to pay.

Intrinsica said,

what's the actual term for WP7?) ...

There are different levels: developer unlock, interop unlock, rooting and full unlock