It didn’t take long for a utility to arrive that allows for Windows Phone 7 unlocking, thus avoiding the Windows Marketplace and it has taken even less time for Microsoft to speak out against the practice, while “warning” customers about the consequences such actions might have.
Microsoft said in a statement:
“We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.”
If you’ll notice, the software giant never mentions any specific threats to your device that may occur, because the truth of the matter is, just like iOS the biggest concerns will probably come from individuals who don’t properly follow unlocking procedures or have no idea what they’re suppose to do after they unlock their devices.
Will Microsoft attempt to implement ways of stopping the practice? Sure if developers and manufacturers throw enough fits, but as we also reported today, they are giving away their WP7 devices for free to spur interest, so we doubt they will piss off customers who could help them spread the word about their Windows Phone 7 Smartphones.