Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is reportedly on the verge of being jailbroken again, with Microsoft reaching out to the developer in question.
More jailbreaks of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 are
Windows Phone developer Julien Schapman is reportedly
refining a way to unlock Windows Phone 7 smartphones so they can download
applications outside of Microsoft's applications Marketplace. "My unlock method
is similar to that of ChevronWP7 in the way they both use a fake registration
sever, but my method is different and more reliable," he apparently wrote in an
e-mail to the
If actualized, Schapman's program would be the second one
capable of unlocking Windows Phone 7, following the ChevronWP7 unlocker.
Microsoft plans on closing the loophole that allowed ChevronWP7 to operate, and
the developer team behind that application will travel to Redmond by the end of
January to talk about their work.
The ChevronWP7 team always claimed their program was
beneficial, allowing for the creation and enabling of Windows Phone 7
"homebrew" applications that would otherwise never appear on Microsoft's
Marketplace. That includes applications that need to access private or native
As with the ChevronWP7 creators, Microsoft seems to be
reaching out to Schapman.
"Microsoft does not support Windows Phones that have been altered
from manufacturer and carrier specifications and we caution that such
alterations can dramatically impact reliability, performance, compatibility and
security," a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in a Jan. 24 e-mail to eWEEK. "We are aware of Mr. Schapman's work and have
been in contact with him regarding his intent and any potential implications."
Microsoft has been tweaking its Windows Phone 7 platform,
which it hopes will allow the company to reclaim market-share in the mobile
arena from the likes of Google Android and Apple iOS. Within the next few
weeks, a series of software updates will supposedly tweak the smartphones for
better performance and introduce a missing cut-and-paste feature.
Currently available on GSM-based networks such as AT&T
and T-Mobile, Windows Phone 7 is scheduled to appear on CDMA networks such as
Sprint and Verizon sometime in the first half of 2011. While Microsoft claims
some 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 units have been sold by manufacturers to
retailers, it has so far declined to cite how many of those devices found their
way into consumers' hands. In a recent interview with the blog Pocket-lint, an
LG Electronics executive termed the smartphone platform's initial launch "less
than we expected."
Microsoft claimed Jan. 20 it had located the cause of a
mysterious "data drain" on Windows Phone 7 handsets: an application created
by an unnamed third party, which Microsoft apparently made aware of the issue.
Some users had reported their phones were sending relatively significant
amounts of data per day-sometimes between 30MB and 50MB of data within a
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.