Microsoft To Blacklist Users Who Unlock Windows Phone 7

Microsoft, the software giant who recently unveiled its contribution in the smartphone world, releasing its much hyped product Window Phone 7, announced of strict measures on users gaining un-authorized access. Microsoft has started a hunt and would follow Apple in blacklisting those users who unlock Windows Phone 7 to allow third party apps. The Windows... Read More…

Microsoft, the software giant who recently unveiled its contribution in the smartphone world, releasing its much hyped product Window Phone 7, announced of strict measures on users gaining un-authorized access. Microsoft has started a hunt and would follow Apple in blacklisting those users who unlock Windows Phone 7 to allow third party apps.

The Windows Phone 7 OS lacks certain features compared to other phones available in the market. Due to this reason, users adopt to the unlocking software which allows them to easily install third party apps. The software giant is on the move to become one of the largest as it it did in the computer world and it appears that it would pair with Apple’s motive to rage a war against the unlocking community.

Recently, a team of young developers which include Rafael Rivera, Long Zheng and Chris Walsh released the first Jailbreaking tool for the phone known as Chevron WP7. Once unlocking has been accomplished, the tool allows users to install third party apps to run on the Windows Phone 7 handsets.

ChevronWP7-Windows-Phone-7-Unlock

According to Chevron WP7 developers, the tool allows a wide community with the ability to develop for the platform instead of paying for licensing or official development tools. They also commented that they won’t help or support efforts to pirate WP7 applications.

MobileTechWorld writer Makran Daou, wrote:

Re-locking it afterwards won’t help you if you Device ID is blacklisted. It’s up to you to decide if you want to unlock your device this way at the risk of being blocked by MS (if they decide to take this route) but I won’t be surprised to see a WP7 update in the near future “fix” this potential security hole.

While a Microsoft spokesperson commented:

We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.

Download Chevron WP7 for Windows Phone 7 [here]

via [Digital Trends]

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