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Well, that was fast.

Looks like you can now download the ChevronWP7 custom ringtone manager--the first homebrew app for Windows Phone 7. The program is a .XAP (pronounced "zap") file and can be deployed using the Microsoft “Application Deployment” tool with the Windows Phone 7 Developer SDK.

To use the app, you basically build a custom .XAP file with up to 5 ringers on board and then "install" it to the phone (kind of like the .cab managers of Windows Mobile days). Ther ringers have to be in WMA format at 48KHz as "required by the OS", so there will be some encoding before you just copy over.

While you can't use the app on-the-go, it sure beats being limited to the default ringers. Remember, you need to unlock the phone first before you attempt and you are taking a risk, albeit small, here.

Source/Get it here: ChevronWP7

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

4 Comments
  • Any video proof yet? Just want to know that it's legit.
  • This is pretty awesome!!!
  • http://www.chevronwp7.com/cert -> "404 - File or directory not found." Any other chance to get that certificate to unlock the WP7?
  • If you do a google search there is another mirror available to find the executable for this tool. I read they ceased development of this tool since it has gained so much attention, and they have been talking to Microsoft themselves. I managed to find it on rapidshare.