1. spd_rcr's Avatar
    I thought it might be helpful to make a little write-up here for all the potential new Windows Phone users after getting a ton of questions from friends on Facebook. The "student developer unlock" basically lets you side-load applications and potentially get into the registry to either tweak or accidentally brick your phone (obviously be careful if you start mucking with the registry).

    Microsoft loves students, so if you are going back to college/university like I am or you meet Microsoft's student criteria by some other means, rejoice.

    The site you want to get familiar with is called DreamSpark.com, it's Microsoft's gateway to free developer software and applications for students.
    Obviously if you have a Windows Phone, you should already have a Windows Live ID, which will speed everything up. Keep in mind, you don't need to create your Windows Live ID with your student/.edu email address, you only need to use a valid .edu address for the verification process. The purpose of the project is to get more people excited about the OS and to try writing their own apps. Check out the getting started videos at http://create.msdn.com/en-US/educati...wp7_jump_start

    The whole walk-through can be found at the following link under the name "Project Hawaii" from Microsoft Research.
    Microsoft Research Project Hawaii

    Good luck and I hope you find this helpful & you're encouraged to try some tinkering.

    Unlocking for non-students can be done via the $9 token process through ChevronWP7 Labs or you can become a non-student WP developer for ~$99/year, but I don't know if that includes all the same apps as they give students.
    Last edited by spd_rcr; 12-03-2011 at 09:29 PM. Reason: uninstall info was innacurate.
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    11-27-2011 03:43 PM
  2. spd_rcr's Avatar
    I just wanted to add, it looks like Microsoft is really hoping to push Windows Phone for students even more.
    Microsoft Student: Go Underground
    11-30-2011 04:33 PM
  3. ashykat's Avatar
    AFAIK all of those carrier apps can already be uninstalled without needing an unlock/jailbreak.
    12-01-2011 12:12 AM
  4. spd_rcr's Avatar
    AFAIK all of those carrier apps can already be uninstalled without needing an unlock/jailbreak.
    Ah go figure. My wife had told me they weren't uninstallable on her (older) Focus so I was quite pleased when I found they were on my Focus S (which I tried after unlocking).
    On my previous Android you couldn't get rid of half the junk without rooting the device.
    12-03-2011 09:28 PM
  5. nuruddin.bu's Avatar
    Thanks for the post sps_rcr.. I got mine unlocked through dreamspark registration. I tested my sideloading apps and it worked.
    12-05-2011 06:31 PM