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 will switch the settings of the Zune Marketplace and provide WP7 owners with better and unrestricted access to any OEM- or carrier-specific applications. The app is pretty simple to use and install, and the prerequisites are pretty easy. Users require an unlocked WP7 device. Upon installing the application, the application needs to be made a trusted application. Once that’s done, users will have access to a number of features, including:
Change OEM marketplace – Included are Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, HTC, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and ZTE (although only HTC, LG, Nokia, and Samsung have accessible marketplaces)
Change MO marketplace – Included are AT&T, Orange, Sprint, and Verizon (I had a hard time finding other marketplaces. If you are on a carrier other than these, please send me your settings so I can include them, the program will automate this for you with your permission)
Change the maximum file size cap over 3g – Download larger apps and podcasts over 3G without needing a wifi connection
Lock the settings – Prevents your settings from reverting back in a day or two when the marketplace updates itself
This can and likely will solve a lot of issues for many users. The max file size over 3g will allow users to download what they want without needing a WiFi Hotspot, and users who’ve jumped ship to other carriers or OEMs now have access to their previous applications. In a world where things are slowly melting into one giant, compatible software pot, this app certainly does its part to help. It should be mentioned that this app is still in beta, so there may be a few bugs left to iron out. Otherwise, it’s still a fun app to try.
To get started, check out the original thread.