How to Unlock Your Windows Phone Without Voiding Your Warranty
To me having an unlocked “open sourced” phone is important. I have been using Symbian forever now and switching back to a “wall garden” is really not an option. However very soon Symbian will not be an option and Windows Phone will be Nokia’s OS of choice. What to do than?
Enter ChevronWP7 a “unlocking tool” for your Windows Phone. Here is how the app is described by it’s makers.
The ChevronWP7 Labs site and service was designed to allow hobbyist developers to install, run, and debug unsigned applications on their personal Windows Phone….users will have the ability to purchase and manage what we’re calling “unlock tokens”. One token equals one unique Windows Phone device registration. (You get unlimited re-registrations of that device should the need arise.) Tokens will cost $9.00 USD and be sold via PayPal.
No magic spells. No exploits. Your phone’s warranty and support lifelines will remain intact.
They are careful to make sure you understand what the program is about:
We know that our work is sometimes misinterpreted as promoting “jailbreaking” activities. This is not the case. Our goal is to help bright people do awesome things without infringing upon the developer community with apps in the Marketplace. In fact, we had many conversations with Microsoft to make sure we do this the right way. It may be the long way around, but we feel this approach is ethical, the best way to ensure that the program stays alive and hobbyists like us get more access to cool toys.
I have reported on this app before but now they are “a few weeks away from launch. ” Nine dollars is kinda step for an app but having some unlocking a phone is not cheap to start with. Add in the fact that it doesn’t void your warranty and you have a winner!