No, you can unlock any phone. I purchased my Surround on launch day (11/8/10) and in March got fed up with live tile issues so I purchased a 1 year developer license for $99. You need Vista or Win7 to download developer tools. After installing the tools you can unlocked up to three devices by simply plugging them in and running the unlock tool, which installs the unlock certificate on your device till the next hard reset. So if you have a couple friends or family members, only $33 each.
Originally Posted by Averry
I was not looking to pirate apps. I have only installed TouchXplorer, RegEditor and Advanced Config Tool. It has given me the ability figure out what's wrong with live tiles (getting very close) and fix mine, load some ringtones and change a couple accent colors. Well worth it for me.
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