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FallenWriter · May 28, 2012

WinTT Registry Editor for WP7

Last year, we wrote about Windows Phone 7 finally getting a registry editor. Now the next generation of registry editors for the platform has arrived, thanks to XDA Senior Member Nickg. Called WinTT, the application is designed to save the user the hassle of having to manually edit the phone's registry. According to the developer: This application allows to apply a registry tweak more quickly and more easily than the traditional editing method, also giving the possibility to restore the value...

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FallenWriter · May 24, 2012

RapDialer–WP7 Dialing Done Right

In this modern world, we tend to forget that the primary function of the mobile devices in our pockets is to serve as a cellphone. Their most basic feature is the facilitation of rapid communication with people in the world around us. XDA Forum Member esword, has made it his mission to ensure that users of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform can dial others with ease. His application, known as RapDialer, does just that through the inclusion of features not normally found...

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FallenWriter · May 22, 2012

Nokia Lumia 800 Gets First Custom ROM!

A while back, we told you about the Lumia 710 getting its first custom ROM. Well today we have even bigger news: the Nokia Lumia 800 (the 710's more expensive sibling) has received its first custom ROM, courtesy of XDA Forum Member lucifer3006. Known as RainbowMod and based off of Windows Phone 7.10.8773.98 (Tango), the ROM promises such exciting features as: Full Unlock from UltraShot Removed OEM applications (Nokia Drive, Maps, etc.) Search key remapping QuickLaunch menu for quick switching...

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Former Writer · Apr 30, 2012

Change the Marketplace Settings on Windows Phone 7

With the large number of ways Android users can modify their Marketplace Settings, it was only a matter of time before Windows Phone 7 users figured out a way to similarly unlock their Marketplace and download applications they wouldn't typically be able to download. In addition to the region restrictions we've seen tackled on the Play Store, WP7 devices face an additional problem, as their Marketplace changes depending on what OEM they have. Well, not anymore. XDA Forum Member ken52787 has released an application that...

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Former Writer · Apr 27, 2012

Unlimited SMS and MMS for the HTC Arrive and Others

Apparently, for some older Windows Phone 7 devices, especially on Sprint, there are certain limitations on SMS and MMS. To be limited to the standard 160 characters in SMS is not fun, especially when trying to get a full thought in before someone texts you back. MMS limitations have never popular either. While most devices on most operating systems can bypass the 160 text limit rather easily, the MMS limit is usually boosted as high as possible, but there's still...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 27, 2012

WP7 on Straight Talk—Guide for the Samsung Focus

One of the beauties of being able to tinker with our devices is how it allows us to have flexibility. Most countries around the world have several choices when it comes to mobile service, and among them you have the ones that will welcome you with open arms and that ones that simply do not want to let you go. How do the latter accomplish this? They lock the phones to their networks so that they cannot be used on...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 23, 2012

Goldcard Method for WP7–The Easy Way

In the world of mobile device hacking there are several very well known, terms, most of which are things that hackers, regardless of platform are familiar with. Some of these include, S-OFF, unlock, root, and gold card. The last one was born several years ago, and allows members to flash things from a specially formatted  microSD card, also known as a gold card, to any device when the regular flashing methods do not work. In the world of Windows Phone...

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Jimmy McGee · Apr 20, 2012

This Week in Development – Chevron Unlocker, Facebook SDK, and More – XDA TV

This Week in Development, XDA TV Producer and all-around great guy, Jordan covers all the exciting stories you need to know from the XDA-Developers forum. In addition to Chevron Unlocker's flip-flop, he covers the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the  for the Sony Xperia Line and the Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-i9100. Jordan then mentions the changes in Google Play and the Facebook SDK vulnerability. Additionally, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler and XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer shenye's video on Setting up...

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Former Writer · Apr 18, 2012

Randomize Ringtones on WP7

While Windows Phone 7 is still gaining somewhat of a name development traction despite questionable actions from Redmond, that doesn't mean that there isn't time for some fun. While most consider fun to be playing games, taking pictures with camera apps that make things look goofy, and even theming tiles, there are other ways to get creative with your Windows Phone 7 device. XDA Forum Member jbkkd has found one of those ways in the form of an application that will...

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Former Writer · Apr 18, 2012

CamSpeed: Camera Benchmark for WP7 and Android

Benchmarks are, whether anyone wants to admit it or not, an important part of the mobile phone world. After all, looking at which devices have the fastest graphics and highest number crunching ability can help factor into the decision of choosing one phone over another. It's not the end-all be-all, but it's something to consider. While processor and GPU are two important features on a smartphone nowadays, another feature that's increasingly important is the camera. Since photos taken on modern...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 16, 2012

Enjoying Chevron? Say Goodbye to Your Developer Unlock

Something that has left me speechless just happened this past Friday. I have been at a loss for words about quite possibly the last (note the usage of "last" rather than "latest") downfall for Windows Phone 7. In case you don't have a Windows Phone 7 device or simply if you think I am mumbling nonsense (again), let me pull a little background for this so that you understand what is going on before I go into the article itself....

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Former Writer · Apr 15, 2012

NAND Access and InteropUnlock for Lumia 710 and 800

The Windows Phone 7 platform has been slowly and, for the most port, silently gaining momentum since the release of the first Windows phone. With Windows 8 right around the corner, one can only assume that development for these devices will continue to grow as more devices become available and MetroUI becomes even more widely appreciated. For those carrying the Nokia Lumia 710 and 800, the development has been pushing along just fine without Windows 8. XDA Senior Member biktor_gj...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 6, 2012

Spruce Up Your WP7 Lockscreen with Lock Widgets for WP7

If you ever thought that the lockscreen on Windows Phone 7 devices needed some love from our devs, and quite obviously lots of work, you are probably correct. It may be the simple fact that Android has provided smartphone users with very content-rich experiences with the lockscreen and thus we are used to seeing and being able to do more with them. However, when Microsoft created the one for WP7, they simply went with the "metro" or simplistic approach that...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 6, 2012

WP Root Tools Updated to v0.9–Now with Root Tools SDK

Ultimate control over our devices is what we all struggle to obtain here on XDA-Developers. Microsoft has done an amazing job in making sure that this does not happen for owners of Windows Phone 7 devices (some of them anyways) by implementing security measure on top of security measure, and all this in the name of data privacy, protection to the end user, and protection of IP. This is likely one of the reasons why this platform never really got...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 6, 2012

Busted Volume Rocker on Windows Phone? Here’s a Solution

Our devices are built to last long and hopefully survive minor to moderate abuse. After all, we tend to bump into tables, walls, people, and many things while our phones are in our pockets. This normally results in dents, scratches, busted screens, and more. There is also the odd time when your hardware buttons (if your device has any) will suffer as well like, for instance, if you decided to take your device apart. For most of us, this is...

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David Watt · Apr 5, 2012

ROMAbout – A Tool for Windows Phone 7 Chefs

With the recent influx of new Windows Phone 7 devices into the market, Windows Phone development has steadily increased here at XDA. Because of this, we're seeing some innovative Windows Phone applications coming from our developers. XDA Senior Member IzaacJ has created a handy tool specifically for Windows Phone 7 ROM chefs. ROMAbout is a package that enables chefs to include a wide variety of information in their ROMs, which is made available to users via an application located in the phone's Settings...

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Conan Troutman · Apr 4, 2012

Read Your Comics on the Go With Comx Reader for WP7

If you're and a comic book fan and own a Windows Phone device then this may interest you. Whether it's Marvel or My Little Pony, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to take your favorites with you wherever you go. XDA Forum Member dieguz has developed an application that will allow you to do just that. Comx Reader for Windows Phone is a simple, no nonsense comic book viewer with a comic themed Metro UI interface. It handles comics in the CBR,...

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Former Writer · Mar 30, 2012

HTC Mozart 7 Downgrade and Flashing Tutorial

Windows Phone 7 development has been slowly, but steadily, increasing as the platform gains popular. Developers and users alike are finding new ways of adding all sorts of fun things to their phones, and development in general has brought a more open experience to users. This can be said especially for the HTC 7 Mozart, which has had more development than the average Windows Phone, not counting the truly legendary HD2. Things only get better for Mozart owners, as XDA...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 28, 2012

One-Click and the Simplification of Technology–Is This a Good or Bad Thing?

Here on XDA-Developers, we tend to cater to everyone's needs and wants. From the most experienced developer to the newest user, who literally just picked up his/her smartphone exactly 25 minutes ago and is curious about what it can do, anyone can find something that will get them hooked on xda and smartphone modding. The latter of the two groups normally tends to either be too busy to try and sit down and read or simply is not interested on...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 23, 2012

Send E-Mails Anonymously with Fake Mailer

With April 1st quickly approaching us, we can't help but to start thinking about the different kind of pranks that we could potentially pull on friends, loved ones, or complete strangers (no one is exempt). Due to the large influence of electronic media and mass communication, we turn to alternatives like e-mails and such. But, how would one get around using a personal e-mail? Sure, making a new account would work wonders, but having to create it is a process...

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