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ChevronWP7 Labs–Authorized Windows Phone Unlocking Coming

Oh those Chevron guys have been talking to Microsoft about putting together an approved unlocking tool that will provide for the ability to sideload apps directly to your Windows Phone. Here’s their announcement:

It’s been a while since we posted something. Between fixing state machines and avoiding the paparazzi, we have been busy tinkering with Microsoft behind the scenes.

As you may remember, one of our goals was to make Windows Phone development more accessible. Plans have recently solidified and we can now reveal a solution we’ve been working on.

As announced on the Windows Phone Dev Podcast, we will soon be launching an approved Windows Phone unlocking service as part of ChevronWP7 Labs. This will be available to developers across all skill levels and all regions.

The service will require a small fee — currently via PayPal — to offset costs but we assure you it will be more affordable than the App Hub. Those who wish to write and immediately publish apps are recommended to sign up to the App Hub instead.

We’re excited to be making this service available to users with the support of the Windows Phone team.

Follow us on @ChevronWP7 to know the moment we launch.

Awesome…this will make a nice community project and start to get closet developers and tinkerers back in the game. It sounds like an approved Cydia or secondary app market of sorts. Exciting stuff for a Friday afternoon.