Another Windows Phone 7 jail-break is on the way after Microsoft releases the platform's first update, allowing users to perform actions such as side-load applications, add ring-tones and manage applications.
A report on winrumours revealed that Windows Phone developer Julien Schapman, who previously worked on the platform's TouchXperience software, is behind the forthcoming jail-break, the first to appear for Windows Phone 7 since the ill-fated ChevronWP7 late last year.
Schapman said in an email to the site that he is working on the Windows Phone 7 Device Manager to create homebrew apps for the community without having to pay the $99 (£62) subscription.
However, he is understandably cautious about releasing too many details in case Microsoft is able to address the jail-break in its first update.
"My unlock method is similar to that of ChevronWP7 in the way they both use a fake registration server, but my method is different and more reliable," Schapman explained.
"For example, it automatically detects when a Windows Phone 7 [device] is plugged in, and will check if this is a registered developer phone. If not, it will register it once and for all, so the device will never re-lock like with ChevronWP7."
However, Schapman said that he does not condone the use of the Device Manager for piracy, and will work with Microsoft if necessary to prevent this, adding that if Microsoft provides an official free method he would be prepared to remove the unlock feature.
"Unlocking is not the main feature of WP Device Manager, and I hope to remove it as soon as there is an official way to use my app on any device," he told winrumours.
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