Requirements: New Windows 7 Phone
Operating System: Windows Mobile
Overview:Got a Windows 7 handset? Want to jailbreak/unlock it? Well, now you can … thanks to ChevronWP7.
ChevronWP7 is the brainchild of Rafael Rivera, Long Zheng and Chris Walsh, and it allow a WP7 handset owner to side load applications that aren’t allowed in the Marketplace due to the use of private APIs.
The tool is called ChevronWP7, and it’s a single executable file that you can be run from any computer running Windows XP SP2 and up. You will need to have the Zune Desktop software installed on your computer, and you’ll need to connect your phone to your PC with a USB cable.
Apple doesn’t officially allow users to install third party apps on iOS devices unless they’ve been approved by Apple and posted in the App Store (although there are third party app stores for jailbroken devices). Google has its own Android Market app store, but most Android phones can accept non-market apps when you check a simple option in the settings menu. So what about Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7?
It turns out that out of the box, Windows Phone 7 is at least as restrictive as iOS. The only easy way to install third party apps is to download them from the Windows Phone Marketplace — unless you pay $99 per year for a marketplace registration account (which basically gives you developer access… and clearly developers might need to install apps to test them before submitting them to the Marketplace).
But Long Zheng, Rafael Rivera, and Chris Walsh have developed a tool that lets anyone install apps without downloading them from the Market without paying for developer access. Thae process is often referred to as “sideloading.”