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Microsoft: Jailbroken Phones Not a Surprise

Reacting to the release of a new unlocker tool for Windows Phone 7, a Microsoft representative emphasized the potential dangers of trying to run unofficial software on the company’s latest smartphone platform. Yet the statement may also imply an acceptance of the unlocking community:

“We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.”

The tool in question is ChevronWP7, which lets users pass of their Windows Phone 7 device as a developer platform for free—bypassing Microsoft’s $99/year fee for the service and facilitating the loading and execution of home-made applications. Currently, the faux developer mode supports only 10 applications. But the tool's head developer promises a bypass around that limitation as well.

Microsoft's statement follows the "you can do with what's yours, but don't come crying to us if it breaks!" formula. However, MobileTechWorld worries that Microsoft can simply find and ban all phones unlocked in this manner, on a device ID basis. According to the site, such a course is likely when ChevronWP7 makes it easier for people to download and reverse-engineer applications from the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. Any first adopters of Chevron here? How's the experience so far.