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ChevronWP7 Labs: a Microsoft-approved Windows Phone 7 unlocking service

By Emil · 8 replies
Jun 20, 2011
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  1. ChevronWP7's three developers, Long Zheng, Rafael Rivera, and Chris Walsh, have announced ChevronWP7 Labs, a Windows Phone unlocking service that requires a small fee via PayPal. Most importantly, Microsoft has…

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  2. Sony should take a lesson from Microsoft.

    *goes back into dark hole and waits for the next Sony attack*
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Whichever executive at MS is responsible for this embracing of the homebrew community, as evidenced by this, and the Kinect situation, really deserves a big thumbs up.

    Its to be expected they're going to proceed at a glacial pace as MS usually does, but still, the tanker is slowly turning in the right direction.

    Considering that the mobile OS market is shaping up to be as much about ideology as technology, its a smart move.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,633   +97

    +1 gwail
    As one recent survey concluded that WP is the second most favored platform behind android for application developers, I think, decisions like this will help them improve their position a lot. Also, I think they should cut the OS 'price overhead' for the manufacturers which will be a huge plus as well.
  5. Wow isn't MS paying them enough..

    MS locks the phones, sells them, and then users pay AGAIN to get them unlocked. Splendid.
  6. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,633   +97

    By the way guest every manufacturer sell 'locked' smartphones.............
  7. @Archean true. But nowhere do we pay to get them unlocked again. IMHO the whole sense of homebrew is that it is done outside the device manufacturer's realm of control. If it isn't then the way I see it, it's just an extension of being "stock". Developers should be given the freedom to manipulate their device (software as well as hardware) whatever way they see fit within its capabilities, rather than have the manufacturer "approve" of every mod they do.

    I don't resent MS for what they're doing at all. It's just that the idea of manufacturer-sponsored homebrew just doesn't sound right to me.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,633   +97

    Well there was a reason I agreed with gwail's comments. Especially this one:

    May be in due course of time they i.e. MS (and others) will realize that once they sell a device it becomes property of the owner, and as long as the user stay within a reason they should be allowed to do whatever they want to do with it, including unlocking.
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    Right, but the whole reason why it was called "homebrew" in the first place was because the manufacturers would not support it, all the way to the SCOTUS in some cases.

    But, realistically speaking, there needs to be some manufacturer oversight these days as our computer software has become so complicated, and security has become such an issue, that for the average user (not someone on these boards in other words), its much better for the manufacturer to at least keep an eye on things.

    The average user would overclock their phone ("Wow, double the speed, cool!), and then proceed to call their phone carrier to complain about poor battery life.

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