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Samsung Vibrant without contract

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by kmand, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. kmand

    kmand Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 12, 2009
    The subject doesn't tell the whole story of my query.

    What I really want is a wifi only pocketable android tablet that runs bleeding edge android without provider restrictions. I don't think this exists, so my second choice is an android phone with no contract or activation, where I just use the wifi.

    I was thinking of a Nexus One, but those are gone. As far as bleeding edge I'm afraid that means there is no phone that currently can run Android 2.2.

    Since I would be buying without contract that pushes me towards T-mobile, which offers an EM+ plan that can be cancelled any time, even shortly after activation. Since its unsubsidized the 35% Bing cashback takes it down to $325.

    Is this a good choice, and if not what would be better?

    Some other questions I have:

    1) Once I cancel the activation, will I have any trouble using it as wifi only Android tablet?

    2) Its only Android 2.1. Does Samsung have a good track record of timely Android updates?

    3) Can I get Android updates without a current T-mobil activation?

    4) While phone features are not a priority, could I use it with a pay as you go T-mobile sim for an occasional voice call?

    5) Is there anything that Samsung/T-mobil does to limit functionality or software availability? I think its a good sign that is easy to root.


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