Microsoft investigating “improper” use of Windows Phone 7 activation keys

By Tom Warren, on 3rd Feb 11 12:03 pm with 5 Comments

Microsoft has revealed it is investigating the “improper” use of Windows Phone 7 Live Services activation keys on HTC HD2 devices.

Hacking group DFT (Dark Forces Team) recently released an experimental public release of Microsoft’s RTM build of Windows Phone 7 for the HTC HD2. Owners who decide to flash the ROM onto their HTC HD2 devices will require an authentication code to activate the Windows Live services on the device. Some users have contacted Microsoft’s official support lines requesting codes after falsely claiming their device is a HTC HD7. Microsoft has been issuing codes to allow the devices to access Windows Live services. WinRumors contacted Microsoft to confirm whether the company had any plans to block the unofficial phones. A Microsoft spokesperson said in mid-January that the company did not support users attempting to use Windows Phone 7 on their HTC HD2 devices.

Microsoft has now confirmed that it is investigating the activation keys. In a statement to PocketNow, a Microsoft spokesperson said the following:

“Microsoft does make product keys available for select support scenarios. These keys are not intended to allow for the installation of software onto unsupported hardware. We are investigating whether or not additional steps are needed to discourage the improper use of product keys.”

Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 7 at the 2010 Mobile World Congress last year. The software giant was originally unclear whether or not the HD2 would receive an official upgrade. HD2 owners have previously had to stick with Windows Mobile 6.5 or try one of the many freely available Android builds that have been ported to the hardware. Microsoft refused to provide an official ROM as the device did not meet strict button requirements for Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft is on the verge of delivering its first platform update for Windows Phone 7. It’s unclear whether the company plans to block HTC HD2 owners from the update but the company has warned Windows Phone 7 jailbreaking applications will not work after the update. Microsoft is expected to release its first Windows Phone 7 update, codenamed “NoDo” on February 7.

  • Jake

    I initially flashed my HTC HD2 to WP7 mainly because i am in Uganda and i know it will be eons for the wp7 to come here and even if it does, the market place wont allow it. Which reminds me i need to change my live account back to Uganda and also reset my zune for pc plus my pc region back. these were all hacks i tried in order to check out wp7 but in the end it was not worth it.
    Unless MS has a revenue share deal with HTC where they have a stake in the HD7 sales, i think they should just be happy that people are trying to get wp7 internationally no matter the cost.
    Like i said earlier, i flashed back to winmo 6.5. Why? I missed spb mobile shell and the freedom to install anything i wanted whenever i wanted from whomever i wanted.
    Too bad no other device or phone works with zune for pc other than the traditional zune devices and the wp7 because it is such a sweet sweet app and i would love to ditch the sucky iTunes. Thanks for the heads up any way. Great post.

  • Martyn

    What is all the hysteria about? I phoned Microsoft (Germany) today, having read the “article” at PocketNow and asked for an activation code. I also bluntly pointed out that I had an HD2 and wanted to install the WP7 software on it. I was given the activation code in a matter of minutes. I then asked again if this was ok to use on an HD2, to which the operator said: “We have a lot of HD2 users that have asked for activation codes, it is not a problem.”

    I think that that sums up Microsofts issue with WP7 being used on an HD2.

    It is a promising OS and may well be what I will be looking for in my next phone. But for the time being, I will stay with WinMo. Still my favourite OS of them all.

    • Tom W

      Oh really, that’s interesting. What number did you call out of interest? Thanks

    • Rafael R.

      Having spoke to Microsoft folks about this face-to-face, I can say that’s not the case. What you ran into is simply called a “dumb operator”.

  • Darpatov

    MS Bulgaria also knows that the keys are intended for HD2 devices and they readily give them out.