In somewhat of a cautionary tale, Chris Walsh of the ChevronWP7 team has confirmed that their tool, which has been downloaded more than 25,000 times and which certainly helped thousands to rapidly update to NoDO, would also have placed those phones in a state which would prevent future updates from being applied.
Microsoft has communicated with him directly, claiming the update will definitely place phones in a “non-serviceable state” due to the incorrect use of an undocumented API.
In a blog post Chris explained why he tool the tool off-line:
Because the tool is, in Microsoftâ€s words, “breaking phones”, I have taken it offline at their request.
While the number of users impacted by this utility is small, I would at least like to communicate that Iâ€m sorry if this tool causes any issues down the road. In a follow-up post, Iâ€™ll detail what your next steps should be as official support isnâ€™t an option at this time.
The events underline the risk of hacking our phones, but this is also of course a long tradition from the Windows Mobile days.
Do any of our readers who used the tool have any regrets? Let us know below.