ChevronWP7: Windows Phone 7 unlocker discontinued

By Emil ยท 15 replies
Dec 1, 2010
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  1. Less than a week after the release of ChevronWP7, which allows you to unlock any retail Windows Phone 7 device for application side-loading without having to pay $99 per year for a WP7 marketplace account, the app has been discontinued. ChevronWP7's three developers, Long Zheng, Rafael Rivera, and Chris Walsh were approached by Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Window...

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  2. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    As long as MS specifically states that they accept no responsibility for damage caused by independent/homebrew apps, I see no problem with this. WP7 can behave just like a regular OS, users can pay for the app store subscription or opt out and install hombrews, but end users simply have to accept responsibility for their choices. Hope these three devs bring more positive stuff for the WP7 platform.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,905   +1,201

    "...were approached by Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7, and decided to kill their app."

    Translation: Microsoft cut them a check. ;)
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 845   +38

    Ok, so what's to keep those that have this program from putting it out on torrent sites?
  5. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 153

    Nothing, but remember it won't get updated!
  6. peperonikiller

    peperonikiller TS Member Posts: 75

    The current version will most likely work until a WP7 update.
  7. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 512   +8

    one word: greed
  8. Unbelievable. Can you imagine if you bought a PC but were not able to install whatever you wanted? What if the only software you could run had to be bought from/through Microsoft? Antitrust...anyone?
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,513   +407

    Switch out PC with iPhone and Microsoft with Apple and read that statement again. lol.
  10. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    So true, but with Apple, it's in the pursuit of a 'Quality end user experience', anybody else does it, unfair, anti-competitive, antitrust......
  11. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 484   +87

    if they really got a paycheck, good for them. They proved it can be done and that's enough.
  12. So was integrating IE into Windows
  13. Excellent point.
    So Maemo is the way to go (possibly Android, but even then...)!
  14. Plus, Apple doesn't charge you 99 bucks a year for access to the programs, many of which are free.
  15. use your common sense!
    users don't have to pay access the microsoft market place,

    it's the people who make the applications that have to pay the 99$ so that you can install it on your phone.

    If you make an Adobe Air app, it's even worse; you have to buy an expensive Verisign digital certificate
  16. haha exactly what i thought

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