$90,000 worth of WP7 Developer Unlock tokens sold shows demand for open homebrew access

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In July 2011 the ChevronWP7 team revealed the fruits of their cooperation with Microsoft, the Officially Approved $9 ChevronW7 unlock. In November 2011 the ChevronWP7 unlock finally became available, and now, almost exactly 2 months later, it appears the service is officially sold out, with no more unlock tokens coming.

A total of 10,000 tokens were sold at $9 each, and now they are gone the only option for most WP7 users to install homebrew apps is to purchase the official developer unlock for $99 or to use one of the many cooked ROMs, some of which are fully unlocked, like the the DFT Freedom ROMs, both of which are probably too daunting for most dabblers.

Given that close to 10,000 members of the small Windows Phone 7 community have already put their money where their mouth is, I think the evidence is that there is a strong demand for this service, which Microsoft should be providing directly as part and parcel of owning a Windows Phone.  Who knows, it may draw in some of the Windows Mobile users who may otherwise have gone Android due to the increased freedom there, and the thousands of dollars generated could go to supporting Windows Phone 7 development directly.

What do our readers think? Should Microsoft be providing a “homebrew license” directly? Let us know below.

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