It was in early November that Microsoft released its brand new WP7 based OS along with a bunch of handsets from HTC, Samsung and Dell. It is still unknown whether these WP7 based handsets managed to set the sales chart on fire, but nevertheless the OS has managed to gain the interest of hackers and modders.
The result of this is ChevronWP7 tool. This application allows WP7 users to jailbreak/unlock their handset thus allowing them to side-load content on the device without a developer account.
The step to unlock your WP7 device is a pretty simple one. Users just need to connect their WP7 handset to their PC via a USB cable and run the ChevronWP7 tool. Once the application detects your handset, users just need to press the unlock button to unlock/jailbreak their device.
However, this unlock does not mean that users can install pirated apps on their handset. All WP7 based apps are secure enough so as not to install on any handset without the Windows Marketplace. However, this jailbreak does open the gates to the huge modding possibility of the WP7 platform.
I am pretty sure we will be seeing modders take advantage of this unlock for adding new features to their handset in the future. Please note that certain reports say that using the ChevronWP7 tools can leave your handset unusable, so you might want to proceed with caution here.
You can download ChevronWP7 from http://www.chevronwp7.com/.