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Microsoft To Disable Windows Phone 7 Unlocking 237

Alex writes "In the first update to Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is planning to block ChevronWP7, which allowed users to unlock any retail Windows Phone 7 device for application side-loading without having to pay $99 per year for a WP7 marketplace account. The update, which is slated for release this month, will also introduce copy and paste functionality, among other improvements. ChevronWP7 was discontinued less than a week after its release about two months ago. ChevronWP7's three developers, Long Zheng, Rafael Rivera, and Chris Walsh were approached by Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7, and decided to kill their app."
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Microsoft To Disable Windows Phone 7 Unlocking

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  • Re:haha, what? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by peragrin ( 659227 ) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @07:12PM (#34855502)

    Users should be free to download any app from any website, and install it on their Macs or PC or Phones.

    Where do you think botnets come from? Users who download and install software from websites that they shouldn't but they aren't smart enough to know the difference, or skilled enough to notice the data usage spikes.

    You really don't want that kind of power on limited bandwidth cell networks. Remember the average person is an idiot.

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