The ChevronWP7 team announced on Friday the immediately availability of a Windows Phone unlock tool.
The ChevronWP7 labs tool allows Windows Phone users to unlock their device to install, run and debug unsigned applications on their handsets. Microsoft and the ChevronWP7 unlock team announced in June that they were teaming up to produce a low-cost developer unlock tool. The tool will make Windows Phone development more accessible and allow developers to avoid the typical $99 per year cost of becoming a full Windows Phone developer. The team will charge $9 for the solution that allows developers to unlock their devices. The tool will simply allow developers to unlock their devices and experiment with applications before signing up to publish apps. The application is available immediately and Windows Phone users can simply follow these steps:
- A Windows Live ID will be required for registration
- ChevronWP7 Labs will distribute “unlock token”. The charge is $9.00 via PayPal or credit card per single device
- Download and install a custom unlock tool
- Device placed into an unlock queue managed by ChevronWP7 labs team
- Windows Phone device unlocked to load on custom XAPs and homebrew applications
ChevronWP7 labs will allow for homebrew applications to be loaded onto the device. For example:
- Screen Capture v3 – Take screenshots from your Windows Phone 7
- Mango Battery Status – Check your phone’s battery life on a Live Tile
- Webserver (Mango) – Host a website from your device
Microsoft originally blocked the ChevronWP7 application that unlocks Windows Phone 7 devices for homebrew third-party applications. Microsoft representatives met with Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng of the ChevronWP7 team earlier this year to discuss the tool and Microsoft’s plans to support homebrew applications on Windows Phone 7.