So far, there are no guarantees that the ChevronWP7 experiment will be repeated. However, judging by the goodwill generated in the exercise, it would not be surprising if we see another official way to unlock devices – but in my opinion such a service will be available for Windows Phone 8 devices, not Windows Phone 7. Given that Windows Phone 8 will have a built-in screenshot function, it will be interesting to see how many people still want to unlock their devices.
In the meantime, if you want to keep your Windows Phone 7 device unlocked without paying for an App Hub account, don't synchronise it with Zune Desktop – instead use the Windows Mass Storage registry hack to transfer content on and off instead. Or use a Mac, with Windows Phone Connector?