By Evan Blass | January 13, 2011 1:53 PM
A workaround has apparently been found to activate cloud-based Live services on HTC HD2 handsets newly-endowed with Windows Phone 7, but like any attempt to communicate with Microsoft’s servers from an unauthorized device, it is highly likely to be illegal in most countries. In this case, the “hack” seems to be little more than a call to Microsoft’s help desk with a plea for an activation code that WP7 prompts you for when you try to access something in the cloud. According to numerous reports, by simply telling (read: lying to) the employees that help is needed activating an HD7, users are actually been granted real PVK encrypted keys after submitting Live IDs and phone numbers. Once that code has been inputted into the device, full functionality is granted.
Now, a couple of things are going on here that should convince you to never, ever try this (if Microsoft doesn’t catch on like ten minutes ago and shut this thing down): first of all, you’re possibly committing multiple crimes by procuring and using these PVK’s, and if that doesn’t bother you, then perhaps you’ll be dissuaded by the fact that Microsoft can tie these keys to individual handsets (not to mention the personal info you gave up to get the rare 25-character code). In other words, not only do we not condone this sort of activity, we’re actively suggesting that you stay far away from such serious fraud.