Homebrew Windows Phone unlocking service comes to a permanent end

Chevron WP7

Back in January we reported that ChevronWP7 Labs, the officially-sanctioned "jailbreak" service for Windows Phone "homebrew", was coming to a halt. At the time, the reasons cited mostly revolved around the difficulties some users experienced in installing it and the following tech-support needed to help them out. The project was put on indefinite hiatus with more tokens possibly being bought in the future.

However, today it's official: the experiment is over.

Within 120 days, those who unlocked their phones via the ChevronWP7 Labs service will have their phones re-locked. The good news is all users who bought a token are eligible for a one-year Microsoft App Hub membership, a $99 value and allowing them to stay unlocked for 12 more months.

The jailbreak service is being permanently shut down for a few reasons, including those cited above but also because many of those who did unlock their phones so that they could "sideload" apps for experimentation, never moved on to actually publishing any apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace. That was one of the goals of the project -- to reduce the $99 barrier for devs who might not be able to afford the App Hub membership.

While ChevronWP7 Labs is gone, the ChevronWP7 team made up of Rafael Rivera, Long Zheng and Chris Walsh will continue tinkering around:

"Fear not, we will continue to explore other ideas with Microsoft. All sides are still very interested in the hobbyist and homebrew developer communities."

For more information on the closure of the service and for those looking to upgrade to that App Hub membership, head to the ChevronWP7 Labs site here.


Reader comments

Homebrew Windows Phone unlocking service comes to a permanent end


Sad news, hopefully you guys can get something worked out for the homebrew community in the next year. I never had any problems (though now my spare token that was awaiting a new VZW phone) is looking pretty dumb.

Sounds good. I've played around with the chevron unlock but never made the jump to the official app hub membership. I think now will be as good a time as any. :)

Your crazy dude. What kind of stupid statement id that " piracy kills marketplace". Who has the the biggest marketplace?????? Apple. Ever heard of cydia?????? So the facts totally discredit your statement. Facts are facts.

We need a way to unlock all devices at will so we can do an end around on MS. Corporate BS about why screenshots and a whole gamut of other services not available on WP is completely unacceptable.

Wow, that's unfortunate...

What if I wanted to develop for my own personal needs and never submit. :(

And at this time there are no aftermarket unlocks for Lumia's :(

PayPal could be integrated by the developer, publishing a free app and offering online activation via PayPal services.
As regards changing live id, you can associate secondary accounts to use for mail, social, etc, it isn't a big limit for me...

Can you back up your phone? Can you transfer game saves to new phones when upgrading? Is wp7 as big as windows 6.5? Can you customize wp7? All the more reasons wp7 needs a legitimate jailbreak.

I wouldn't say bad need, you had your kicks. All in all good Job, I'm not an unlock stuff kinda guy anymore, got lazy and a Credit Card, but this team was fair with the stuff, as far as I know.
I side note to the annoying ppl with the me points whining - I like it!

I'm excited to see this! I did this unlock for my Original Samsung Focus. I'm probably going to be moving to the Titan or Titan 2 next week. K
I was bummed about losing my unlock at least with the membership I can unlock and relock my phones (if I get multiple) as needed