I bought a new LG Optimus S primarily as insurance against being without a phone and as a charger for a spare battery. It's a refurb from Ting.com. The question is a different one from the other post that I borrowed the title from. Can I load apps and use my new (refurb) Optimus S for non phone functions? Is the network connection related to use of the internal or external memory so tightly that it is functionally bricked or near bricked without activation? Update: Found it about 2-3 pages further in.