Microsoft is set to cut off the Windows Phone homebrewers by stopping the distribution of the ChevronWP7 unlocking tool, according to reports making the rounds over the holiday weekend.
In a tweet, over this past weekend, Rivera said that the "ChevronWP7 Labs enters the New Year with 10,000 token sales under its belt, which was the initial limit agreed upon by Microsoft and the group." The team is discussing among themselves whether to approach Microsoft for more tokens at this point.
The ChevronWP7 team has not yet approached Microsoft about obtaining more tokens at this time. Again according to the Twitter account: "We have only 5 tokens left. Eeep! Once we sell out, we don't (currently) have plans to restock. Run! ^RR." That tweet, of course, came before the other. Now with the app sold out, and whoever thought an app could sell out, what happens next is something of a mystery.
Rivera in a January 2 blog post said "According to the development team, Microsoft limited the app to some 10,000 "tokens." In other words, only 10,000 copies of the app were to be sold. That threshold, as of writing, has been met. The last tokens went as the New Year was ushered in."
The WP unlocking tool, which comes in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, costs $9 per Windows Phone unlock. Homebrew app developers who want to publish their apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace still need to register for a Microsoft App Hub account. (If you don't want to publish your app to the marketplace, you don't need to pay the $99 for a developer account.)