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Can I use a smartphone without a sim card as an ipod touch? Answered

So I want to buy a smartphone (samsung galaxy s2 skyrocket or something) from ebay or craigslist and use it as a wifi only device. If I dont insert a sim card(I know I wont get service or data) can i skip the activation process and go right to the home screen? From there I would turn on wifi and essentially use it as an ipod touch, to download apps, music, videos, surf the web, and stuff. I have a normal phone for talk and text.

So my question really is, would this work? Does the phone need a sim card to run? How do you skip activation? Any other info would be helpful also, thanks!

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hermionedefrance (author)2013-03-20

I have been using a Galaxy Note as a wifi only device for over a year, it works very well, however, the device asked me to insert my SIM card to get the software upgrade, I don't know why. I am considering buying a Galaxy Note 2 but I heard it uses a mini SIM and I don't want to cut my SIM card, so I have the same question, can we still activate the phone without inserting the SIM card at all?

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ThePregergater (author)2012-09-17

if it dosen't have the sim card it "is an iPod touch" tecknacly speaking

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venohm (author)2012-09-17

My son uses one of my old android phones without a sim card on wifi all the time. He uses it to play games and listens to music.

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frollard (author)2012-09-16

+1 to other answers; Android devices should (all?) work without sim/network affiliation. The google authentication for apps etc is based on your google account, not the sim card.

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chopstx (author)frollard2012-09-16

Even a phone for a carrier that doesnt use sim cards? like verizon?

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frollard (author)chopstx2012-09-16

especially those. If your phone just lost connection/fell off the face of the earth you'd be a little upset if it stopped working.

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chopstx (author)frollard2012-09-16

Or what if I take a htc evo 4g LTE with a bad ESN, will it still be able to acess wifi? How would i go about skipping the activation?

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chopstx (author)frollard2012-09-16

Lol, Im just worried about activating a phone for the first time, without a sim card. Can you skip the activation?

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Kiteman (author)2012-09-16

I would say they do, since their apps can still be used when you are out of signal coverage, and they usually have a wifi connectivity option. Plus, they remain usable in "aircraft mode".

Why not ask a friend with a smart phone to try - all they have to do is pop out the sim and try going online via their wifi.

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mpilchfamily (author)2012-09-16

Good Question!

I was just thinking about this sort of thing earlier today. How the phone makers are completely missing out on a market that only the iPod Touch fills. There are so many people out there that don't want to spend $300 or more on a smart phone then over $100 a month for the required data plan. They also don't have the money or want to carry around a tablet sized device. But still want a device like the iPod touch so they have access to smart phone like capabilities.

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