Where is the ChevronLabs unlocker? (and is it worth it)

imageMore than 2 months ago the ChevronWP7 team, who famously provided a free service to developer-unlock Windows Phone 7 handsets and then pulled the service as soon as they felt some heat from Microsoft, promised to provide a “cheap” unlocking service which was “blessed” by Microsoft.

Unfortunately it was discovered that this “blessed” system was pretty neutered, not providing access to most of the base system of Windows Phone 7, such as the file system or registry, prompting some commenters to call the ChevronWP7 team “sell-outs”.

Chevronlabs “unlocked” devices would not even be able to change the accent colours for example.

The team then revealed the service, which has still not launched, will be costing $9 per device, which if only a small percentage of the 5 million +  Windows phone 7 users take advantage off could earn the trio around several hundred thousand dollars.

The ChevronWP7 team, which consists of Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh,Long Zheng, have not explained that they have done to deserve earning more than 95% of the hard working developers on the platform, and I would contend the $9 they intend to charge is a rip-off of the highest order.

I would therefore suggest to Rafael Rivera and the rest that the service they intend to offer is close to worthless, and should therefore be truly free.

Picture credit WPCentral.com

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