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Windows Phone Mango Unlock Tool Now Available

On Friday, the owners of Windows Phone received the process to "unlock" their phones that means now the users can run home-grown apps.

This facility will be provided by ChevronWP7 Labs which for the first time came into existence last year but was soon closed down. Now, it is reentering the market with Microsoft's approval and this service will cost $9 for each device.

About this new tool, developers Chris Walsh, Rafael Rivera and Long Zheng posted on a blog (opens in new tab) that, "ChevronWP7 Labs was designed to allow hobbyist developers to install, run, and debug unsigned applications on their personal Windows Phone."

Further, they said, "You log into the site with your Windows Live ID, pay a small fee, and presto - you're ready to write and share some homebrew code".

The developers stated that, at present the available unsigned apps include a Web server, a tool to capture screen shots and a battery status monitor. During the weekend, many users faced some problem with the payment systems for ChevronWP 7.

The payment action was taken offline till the issue is unresolved clarified the developers.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.