By Anton D. Nagy | January 1, 2012 9:36 AM
ChevronWP7 Labs was the only Microsoft-approved way for users to unlock their Windows Phones for $9, aside the Microsoft AppHub where developers get unlocks in exchange of $99. It looks like the AppHub will remain the only solution, at least for the near future.
The ChevronWP7 Labs team said on Twitter that once the unlock tokens sell out, they “don’t (currently) have plans to restock”. Later on confirmation came that “ChevronWP7 Labs enters the New Year with 10,000 token sales under our belt”. “Our agreement with Microsoft was to sell no more than 10,000 tokens. Our team doesn’t currently have plans to renegotiate this number, although it’s a matter we’re still discussing”, they said.
This means that currently you will only be able to unlock your device via the “developer” way, of course, unless ChevronWP7 and Microsoft agree to hand out more tokens or someone else takes action and starts offering another unlocking solution. We (still) don’t know the exact Windows Phone numbers in order to calculate a percentage but it sure looks like users want to embrace homebrew (or were there also a lot of devs that wanted to check out the platform and their apps before going to the AppHub?)