Jailbreaking or unlocking is simply the process of removing the
limitations your phone's manufacturer has imposed. Jailbreaking is
a boon for users and developers as it allows the user to sideload
homebrew apps, gain root access etc.
ChevronWP7 Labs were the first to jailbreak Windows Phone 7 and
offered the unlocking tool for free. Soon after, Microsoft and
ChevronWP7 Labs joined hands, making them the official third-party
tool to jailbreak WP7 phones. ChevronWP7 Labs charged users $9 per
device for unlocking. But currently they are out of stock and have
no plans of restocking (for now).
Those looking for a free alternative can rejoice; a new
unlocking tool has surfaced on the Internet. The WindowBreak
project, which debuted a week ago, is completely free and offers
easy unlocking. The project is more of an experiment and is in its
trial stages. WindowBreak exploits a vulnerability in the Zipview
This unlocking method works flawlessly with Samsung devices.
Though this method doesn't support HTC and Nokia devices as of now,
the developer behind this project has stated that it is in
the works. The developer has also released a video
demonstrating the unlock process.
For more information, head over to www.windowsphonehacker.com.