July 23rd, 2011, 09:10 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Device(s): Nexus One, Droid Eris, MyTouch 3G
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I use all my "deactivated" phones for wifi browsing.
If its CDMA, it practically becomes an Android iPod Touch.
If its GSM, it acts like a mere SIM less Android iPod Touch.
If the phone is brand new, you have to set up your Wifi settings first, then login with your Google account. The phone becomes activated, but not with the carrier, only with Google.
You don't need a data plan to for the phone to be used with Wifi internet.
You don't need a voice plan either.
The phone becomes a mere handheld internet device. You can browse, do email, IM and apps with them. Literally an iPod Touch. Well, at least one that can still take pictures.
Final note: some apps won't appear in the Android Market with a SIM. Not a lot but some. They will appear though if you put a SIM into the phone, even if the SIM itself is expired and deactivated. The Paid Market won't appear without a SIM. Yes, you can also use a pure voice and text only SIM, activated or not, and the paid apps will appear. Plus the SIM can merely be a prepaid one.
Additional note on the above; the region of the SIM will dictate the currency signs of the Android Market. Put a SIM from the Philippines for example, you get Philippines peso signs. Put a SIM from Canada, and everything becomes Canadian dollar. Some apps are regionally filtered too, and regionally filtered apps may appear and disappear with the SIM installed.
Finally, you know those prepaid data SIMs used in 3G dongles for laptops, and increasingly on tablets? You can use them on the phone too, and once you activate the APN station, the smartphone turns into a pure mobile internet device without voice and text. Sort of like a mini 3G tablet.
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Last edited by Guamguy; July 23rd, 2011 at 09:20 PM.