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Samsung Vibrant without contract

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

  1. kmand

    kmand Member
    Thread Starter
    Mar 12, 2009

    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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