The first homebrew application for Windows Phone 7 is out and it tries to fix a missing feature of the operating system as we know it doesn’t (yet) support custom ringtones.
While we speculated that you’ll at some point be able to get your own ringers from the Marketplace, the team behind the Windows Phone 7 unlocker is bringing an application — as promised — that can take up to five WMA format files at 48KHz, package them in an XAP format which can be deployed to the already unlocked phone for using the custom ringtones.
While there is a risk, as Microsoft claims jailbreaking Windows Phone 7 devices could brick them, there’s really no other way at the moment. Besides having your handset unlocked you will also need Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile as well as the Windows Phone 7 developer tools installed.
With this application out, Microsoft really needs to address the issue of custom ringtones in a direct, official way, hopefully including the functionality in the next (first) Windows Phone 7 update we’re all waiting for.
Source: Chris Walsh