The Windows Phone unlocking service of CheveronWP7 Labs called ChevronWP7 has been officially announced as closed. The ChevronWP7 service allowed to unlock Windows Phones so that they can run homebrew apps. The service was closed early January and since then there was no news about the functioning of this service. Now, Brandon Watson, one of the developers of this service, has announced the service is closing.
"First, to determine if we could supercharge the Windows Phone beginner/hobbyist community by removing the initial cost barrier (i.e. App Hub membership). And second, to convert potential developers into published developers," said Watson while informing about the goals of this experiment.
The judgment on the success of the experiment is also interesting. “Our data indicates that most developers simply unlocked their devices for non-developmental reasons and never went all the way to publish an app in the marketplace,” said Watson.
As the program has been officially closed now, those users who purchased the ChevronWP7 unlock will have to get their handsets relocked within 120 days from now. However, Microsoft is offering consolation to these users by offering a fully paid annual subscription of Microsoft App Hub for their initiative to develop apps outside of Microsoft’s own development path.