Geohot joked on his personal blog that he will be purchasing a Windows Phone 7 device soon and has caught Microsoft’s attention.
George Hotz (Geohot) is known for his ability to jailbreak both the iPhone and PlayStation 3. Hotz is currently being pursued by Sony who sued him over 8 counts of DMCA violation. Geohot updated his personal blog on Tuesday with the following:
perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone
The link is in reference to an Engadget story about Microsoft’s recent meeting with the ChevronWP7. Geohot’s joke/threat that he is planning to purchase a Windows Phone 7 device has caught the eye of Microsoft. Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone, posted a tweet this evening attempting to reach Geohot:
Microsoft’s approach is in stark contrast to that of Sony who are aggressively pursuing Geohot for his PlayStation 3 jailbreaking software. Microsoft representatives met with Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng of the ChevronWP7 team on Monday to discuss their Windows Phone 7 “jailbreak” tool and Microsoft’s plans to support homebrew applications on Windows Phone 7.
ChevronWP7 famously released their Windows Phone 7 “unlock” tool in late Novermber that allowed owners to side load home-brew applications. The tool, named ChevronWP7, used a method to trick the OS into registering itself as a Windows Phone 7 developer device with the application rather than Microsoft directly. Microsoft normally charges $99 a year for the privilege of loading developer applications. ChevronWP7 pulled the tool at Microsoft’s request just two weeks after it was originally released. It was later revealed that Windows Phone 7 devices “phone home” after around two weeks to re-lock unofficial developer devices, rendering the tool useless.
WinRumors has attempted to reach George Hotz for comment but at the time of writing has not yet received a response.