Microsoft triggers the kill-Switch and remotely re-locks ChevronWP7 unlocked devices OTA ?

Oh man, I guess that some folks better apologize to me (especially those who sent me hate mails insulting me) because they didn’t agree with me when I said that Microsoft could possibly remotely pull the plug on the ChevronWP7 unlocker certificate… because this is what just apparently happened according to several reports on XDA. The  Windows Phone 7 phones that have been unlocked using ChevronWP7 have now been remotely re-locked by MS:

yeah, the sane thing happened to me.

When i clicked the program on my phone. I got a message from MS asking me to uninstall, because the program has been revoked.

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same here, tried to start TA maps and MS forced me to uninstall it.

Connected the phone and ran ChevronWP: it’s locked again!

maybe MS pulled the kill switch an re-locked the phones?
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yup , I got the same to ,you can unlock it again and then it is working again


This is still not 100% confirmed but some people are apparently able to re-unlock their device but it will probably be re-locked pretty soon by Microsoft anyway.

Update: It’s actually starting to look like this is a server side thing where the MS Servers check the validity of the certificate every once in a while and then automatically re-locks the phone if it is expired or not recognized as a valid certificate. The fact that you can re-unlock the phone afterward means that the ChevronWP7 certificate has not been revoked yet by Microsoft.

Upadte 2: Here’s Rafaels’ description of what supposedly happened

Update 3: A couple of users are now reporting that the phones are being re-locked again and some are also unable to unlock them…

via XDA-Devs

  • http://www.withinwindows.com Rafael R.

    I’m preparing to clarify this situation on the ChevronWP7 blog. Might want to hold onto that “I told you so”.