ChevronWP7, the Microsoft-backed Windows Phone 7 unlocking tool, has officially launched. The tool was born out of necessity for homebrew applications, just like jailbreaking tools for iOS. But, unlike Apple, Microsoft decided to officially support the cause and has now relaunched Chevron as a legit unlocking service. For a small $9 fee, users can unlock their device and run unsigned applications as they please.
First, let’s recap: ChevronWP7 Labs was designed to allow hobbyist developers to install, run, and debug unsigned applications on their personal Windows Phone. You log into the site with your Windows Live ID, pay a small fee, and presto — you’re ready to write and share some homebrew code.
The cat and mouse game between Apple and jailbreakers is fun, but it would be wonderful to be able to run any software on the hardware you rightfully own without having to resort to hacking. Of course, don’t expect Apple to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps.