Given the capabilities, Microsoft has taken the team to find a way to unlock the devices in an official Windows Phone without a developer account that requires an annual cost of $ 99. The Chevron Labs team in collaboration with Microsoft has created a well-known experiment called ChevronWP7 Labs, for a small fee of $ 9 selling you token that allow you to developer unlock your WP smartphone. This method has had an immediate success because 10,000 tokens were sold in less than two months.
Team Chevron has stated that the agreement with Microsoft included only 10,000 tokens, sold out in just two months. In this regard, the service has been suspended for an unspecified time
The team has just published an article on its official blog saying that the service has been permanently discontinued.
They argue that the main objectives of this experiment were: First, was intended to beginner developers to approach the platform without having to spend so much to buy the developer account and second, to convert potential developers in the official developer and beginners then with all the credentials to publish to the marketplace, of course, buying an account officer. The first point was satisfied, while the second was not as satisfactory, in fact, most of the token became developers account and are served only to install homebrew applications.As a result the team by mutual agreement with Microsoft have decided to suspend the service.
All those who have unlocked a device using token ChevronWP7 Labs , including 120 days from today you will find a locked device , losing the ability to install homebrew applications.For interested users, Microsoft offers the possibility to have a developer account for one year in a manner entirely free . It should in fact buy a developer account with the service app Hub, register it with the same Live ID within 60 days you will receive a refund.
More information at Chevron Labs.