HTC Evo with No Sprint Service

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  1. vey6whpgybtg

    vey6whpgybtg Member

    I have no Sprint service. But I want to make it work with WIFI only.
    However Sprint disables that and it requires a Sprint plan even though it has WIFI capabilities.
    If I root it, will that enable it to work via WIFI? Or does it need an Unlock also?

    What can I do to make it work with WIFI only? I don't want a Sprint plan right now. Thanks.

  2. chrismmm

    chrismmm Well-Known Member

    i think you have not rcvd a response because most people are trying to figure out why you have an evo w/o any kind of plan at all. what are you trying to use the phone for? calls? data? etc?
  3. vey6whpgybtg

    vey6whpgybtg Member

    I got the phone free and don't want to get Sprint service right now since I still have an iPhone plan. I just want to use it with WIFI. Do I need to root it? Or also "unlock" it? Does "NAND Unlock" mean the same as iphone "unlock"? Any ideas? Thanks.
  4. sole

    sole New Member

    I bought an EVO and don't plan to activate it with Sprint. The phone has so many other features (camera, music, wifi, large screen, etc...) that you don't need to be a slave to a plan to get use out of it. It's baffling to the community here. If I didn't work from home and lived in a rural area, I would need a plan. But I understand we're in the .5% and the other 99.5% users have a Sprint account.

    My wifi works without any problems both in Brooklyn where I live and in Manhattan. I was amazed that I was able to walk several blocks listening to Pandora without any interruptions and have access to many free wifi spots. I'm using a local connection for wi-fi at home to play with and I've downloaded a number of apps. I'm also able to sync with my google accounts and download messages automatically if I choose.

    So you shouldn't be blocked by Sprint if I'm understanding your situation. Next, for me is finding a sip provider so I can make and receive the occasional calls and also text when in Manhattan. Other than that, I work from home and have no need for a plan.

    Check your wifi settings and make sure they're turned on when you need them. It will check to see which networks are available if any in your range. I have not rooted my phone but did download the fix sent in late June once they re-released it. I've not rooted the phone either although I might do it to get better battery life and get rid of the Sprint apps I have no use for, like Nascar, Sprint Zone, and whatever else they think I should need. Hope this helps.:)
  5. vey6whpgybtg

    vey6whpgybtg Member

    It works for you? Weird. Doesn't make sense. I called HTC or Sprint and they said I needed a plan. I got mine free from google io. This sucks. I know how to configure the wireless. It just doesn't work for me without Sprint service. That's not fair.
  6. Velocd

    Velocd Well-Known Member

    Rooting the phone wouldn't hurt. You would atleast get SU access to it. If sprint has some sort of lock on the phone that requires activation rooting and running a different ROM may help. Or you could download the latest software for it from HTC website, that may also help you out.
  7. kaw900r

    kaw900r Well-Known Member

    Maybe Sole go his before the update and you have an updated phone that Sprint ha taken the built in functionality away from. So if that is te cse you will have to root it to get what you want. At least that is how i see it.:cool:
  8. DresNightfire

    DresNightfire Member

    Before I activated my phone I tried downloading apps through WiFi from market, but it failed miserably. I'm not sure why after it was activated through Sprint that I was finally able to download apps through market. I recommend rooting it. The OTA software update fixes some important problems with the phone though.
  9. ironmonkeeeee

    ironmonkeeeee New Member


    I am a new user here. I came across it looking for something related to the WiFi question with no service. I was a customer. But I am out or work so long that my bill went to collection. I have been able to use my HTC EVO 4G device on any WiFi with no problem and get a lot of use out of it that way.

    Last night I was researching on other things I could do. I found out about the Tethering which at one time I paid for. An Rooting with Gingerbread which I did.

    I am picking up the project with fresh eyes today.

    I was able to connect my EVO to my PC but not to the internet. I am wondering if it is because of my account being closed. I have only tried on this machine which has a funky WifI card that could be it.

    Anyways my next questions get a little deeper. I understand what a ROM is I think but why should I get one? What does it do? Speed the processor? What is overclocking GAH?! So many questions I will make it all simple.

    If you had my phone what would you do with it to getthe best use out of it. My only thought was to buy a stupid Hot Spot device to carry around.

    Thansk In Advance,
  10. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    well first off can you connect to the internet? i think with your account being closed that you probably only use your evo when you have wifi so not sure if tethering without wifi will work.

    and roms are the os for the phone. it is like running windows 7 or a mac os like snow leopard. there are two types of roms aosp and sense.

    sense roms have the sense launcher on top of the android os. most ofthe popular sense roms have sense 2.1 and sense 3.0 (there are roms in beta right now that have sense 3.5). our evos will never get past sense 1.0, but the devs have found a way to make it happen for us.

    aosp stands for android open source project. these roms do not have sense cooked in. they are pure android. they tend to be smaller in size compared to sense which is huge and takes up a lot of room. aosp roms perform better and tend to give better battery life.

    so trying out a rom is up to you. you can always make a nandroid backup and try them out. there is a sticky at the top of this forum that has all the current roms to date. check the out.
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  11. NaterTots

    NaterTots Well-Known Member

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  12. ironmonkeeeee

    ironmonkeeeee New Member

    I think I am just going to get a Mobile hot spot to carry. Seems that I can do whatever I want if I get one. Just using WiFi I love my EVO :)
  13. hdmijason

    hdmijason New Member

    You can open WiFi on any android device no carrier needed.. make sure you go to home>menu>settings>wireless & networks and check on Wi-Fi.
    Then right below that is Wi-Fi settings, click on it and you will see available networks. Sounds basic but I know a lot of people who do not know this!
    You can also download Skype or other voip and use on the Evo! Free # and voicemail w google voice even!
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  14. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    you know i never thought of that for my evo. i just upgarded to the evo 3d but i still have my unactivated evo which i use it right now to stream music and netflix when i'm on wifi. never thought of using voip. gonna have to check into that. maybe even use google voice for it. thanx for the idea:)
  15. RCope48

    RCope48 Well-Known Member

    I have a brand new EVO that is unactivated that I rooted, but I connected via wifi no problems, synced my contacts with Google and cruised around on the net. pulled the battery and back in the box it went for safe keeping, never thought about the Skype deal, going to have to give that a try too! Having some surgery next Friday, will be off about 3 weeks, so I know what I'll be spending my time on while its cold and snowy outside and I'm out of work for a while! (Damn, and I was scheduled to work Xmas too!) you guys will be sick of seeing me on here when this is all said and done!:)
  16. Granite1

    Granite1 Zercron Encrusted Tweezer Moderator

    No worries man, we'll be glad to have you around! ;)

    I hope the surgery goes well! :)
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  17. 3xsalady

    3xsalady New Member

    This is not working! I just got the EVO LTE and gave my daughter my old EVO 4G for all of the above purposes (wifi use basically), but it won't connect to wifi. I have a router at home and it says it is out of range when I'm sitting right next to it. The 4G also won't pick up wifi on public networks. Any advice?
  18. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    welcome to the forums!!!!!!!!!!!!
    is your phone rooted? if so what rom and what kernel are you using?
  19. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    The 4g is never going to work without sprint service. If you answer the above post we should be able to get you squared away
  20. kwhite

    kwhite Active Member

    This is NOT true! My daughter got an htc evo from her aunt just to use for internet and she has 4g all the time!

    The thing I need to know is since the phone has no contract/service how do we update it to the newest version of android?? is there anyway??

    She uses this phone for everything except calling. There is a free texting app, and the google market works as long as she is connected to wi fi
  21. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    If the phone isn't activated on sprints service, the phone will not connect to data (4g) services
  22. kwhite

    kwhite Active Member

    Im not going to argue with you but my daughters is!
  23. tube517

    tube517 Well-Known Member Contributor

    The 4G icon may be on but the data can't connect unless the service hasn't been cut off yet.
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  24. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    i have an og evo that is no longer activated and i can only get internet via wifi, so if you do not have a contract then you should not get any mobile date (3g) let alone a 4g might want to contact sprint to see if you have actually cancelled the service before getting charged for it.

    and once again is the phone rooted?
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  25. TlbCip

    TlbCip New Member

    Can some please tell me...
    How in the world my deactivated Boost Mobile phone is connected to Sprints 4G?
    I thought I had soft bricked my ZTE Force, so I switched my account to another phone. Today, I was just playing around, trying to figure out how to fix my ZTE. Even though it is deactivated, I started the hands free activation... Next thing I knew it was connected to Sprint server with a funky numeric user name and the MDN & MSID are identical numbers (when it was on boost, the MDN was my phone number, now they are 4 numbers). The phone kept trying to go through the activation process, but I stopped it in the middle. Yes, it has been rooted but messed it up when I flashed the wrong google package to it, I could get 3G, no 4G, and could not make, send, or receive calls or texts. I did flash the stock ROM back on it. I tried everything I could thing of, find on the web, and entered # codes to try to fix it. All I wanted to do was, be able to have it as a HotSpot for netflix... It is doing that now. I really didn't know what I was doing, before the bad flash or with the deactivated ZTE to get to where it is now.
    So, now I have a deactivated Boost Mobile ZTE that is connected to Sprint 4G.
    Can someone please tell me.. How is this possible? Free 4G

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