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bypass activation on Droid

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by joneee, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. joneee

    joneee Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I've got a blacklisted Droid and need to bypass the activation at the beginning. I can't figure how to use the phone without activating first, which can't be done.

    Does anyone know a way to bypass this activation and go straight into using the phone?

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  2. joneee

    joneee Well-Known Member
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    wow you are a genius. Thanks! +1 to your rep!!
  3. dutchtrumpet

    dutchtrumpet Newbie

  4. plastic

    plastic Lurker

    so once you bypass the activation, can you use it on wifi without a data plan?
    What things can you access if you bypass the activation?

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  5. aaronmach1

    aaronmach1 Android Enthusiast

    what is blacklisted?
  6. prerunnerseth

    prerunnerseth Android Enthusiast

    I'm assuming hes talking about a ESN that is banned by VZW. This happens for a couple reasons. Either the original owner got the phone and didnt pay their bill or the phone is stolen.
  7. plastic

    plastic Lurker

    Thanks for the reply.

    I was wondering if it can essentially be used as an internet tablet without activating it. I had an out of contract iphone that I just used on wifi at work, and I was hoping to do the same with the DROID if I move on to the another phone later.

    So, I understand that if I bypass activation:

    I can not:
    -Make or receive calls
    -Send or receive texts
    -Be able to access 3G
    -Use Google navigation

    But I can:
    -Use wifi to browse internet
    -Send and receive email using Wifi
    -Access Android marketplace with Wifi
    -Sync my google calendar and contact with Wifi

    Am I correct?

  8. joneee

    joneee Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Indeed you are. You can do all those things with wifi. You can also use apps that require an internet connection.
  9. Nepherim

    Nepherim Well-Known Member

    Is it possible then to bypass activation if a phone is already activated? Thus, if I decide I no longer want to use Verizon, or pay a monthly phone charge, can I 'de-activate' the phone, and use it in the manner @plastic describes?
  10. joneee

    joneee Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    In order to "bypass activation" you need to wipe the phone. Then you'll be prompted with the "activation" screen that needs to be bypassed. If you deactivate your phone for whatever reason without wiping your device there'll be no need to do the bypass because your phone will still function. Hope that helps.
  11. plastic

    plastic Lurker

    Thanks for the answers guys!
  12. Nepherim

    Nepherim Well-Known Member

    @joneee: thanks.
  13. whitty

    whitty Lurker

    Question: If I bypass activation and then decide I want to activate with Verizon later, is that an issue? Basically, I am waiting for another plan to end and then switch over. Until that time, it'd be nice to use other features without the call plan.

    Appreciate the help!

  14. joneee

    joneee Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    no you will not experience an issue because you only need to dial *228 to activate your droid
  15. whitty

    whitty Lurker

    That was a fast response! Thanks, Joneee!

    Now all I have to do is figure out how to transfer my music over from my PC for my flight tomorrow.


    [edit] Almost forgot. Will the activation delete or reboot the phone so that I lose whatever I might download?
  16. joneee

    joneee Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    You can use usb to transfer your music or try DoubleTwist to transfer from your iTunes

    And no, activation will not change your phone in any way except open the network to your phone. All your apps, music, settings will remain intact.
  17. marvinrock

    marvinrock Well-Known Member

    Would VOIP calling also be available? Or even Skype when Verizon announces it? I just bought a second droid off Craigslist for my gf, which was also blacklisted, you get what you pay for I guess. But if/when Skype becomes available, she would be able to call me via VOIP if she was on WiFi correct?
  18. Jfor123

    Jfor123 Lurker

    Will I still be able to active my DROID after I have bypassed the activation screen on the phone. I mean when I reboot it again, will the activation still work?
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  19. radikal

    radikal Android Expert

    use google voice for calls haha so cool
  20. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA

    Google Voice isn't VOIP so it won't work. And from my understanding the Skype implementation that VZW will be introducing uses the voice network until your call hits the backhaul network via the cell tower, then it becomes a VOIP call over the pipes. So no that wouldn't work.
  21. marvinrock

    marvinrock Well-Known Member

    @ Jfor - yes, if you bypass it, everytime you reboot the phone it asks you to activate it.
  22. darkcircle169

    darkcircle169 Lurker

    does the 4 point touch work on the Droid eris? I am in Iraq or i would just activate it but its a little hard to pick up service over here
  23. cellprophones

    cellprophones Lurker

    Darkcircle169- I would guess it would not work on that phone since its made by a totally different manufacturer (HTC). If you havent figured out how to do it by now I would check a web form specifically for that model- this specific form is for the motorola droid. I am sure there is a way to do it on the HTC however (where there is a will there is a way!)
  24. NiceShotMan

    NiceShotMan Well-Known Member

    DANG, the site referenced to do this is down.

    Does anyone remember how to do this?

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