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19 Jun 2010, 22:52
Guillermo (1 post)

Can I buy a used (T-mobile, Sprint, …) Android Phone and not activate it but still use it as a development phone? Or do I have to use the Google unlocked phone at 399.00?

Burnette_ed_pragsmall
22 Jun 2010, 12:44
Ed Burnette (1330 posts)

As long as you can get to the Android home screen you can use it as a development phone. I have several old phones I use with the SIM card removed and they work fine.

When you first power on the phone after a factory reset you’ll need a working connection to the phone company to get past the setup screens, but after that you don’t need it. I’ve heard of unlock codes that remove even that requirement but I don’t have a reference for you.

Cm_9c_pragsmall
10 Feb 2011, 16:35
mitch mccann (10 posts)

Ed, All,

I have been working with an LG Ally, (sucker price $30 at Sam’s club November 2010, it was nearly $100 out the door,) and lament that I didn’t wait to get an Nexus. The LG and Verizon Device Drivers are confusing. There are FOUR of them?

Mitch

Burnette_ed_pragsmall
11 Feb 2011, 21:03
Ed Burnette (1330 posts)

I don’t know the exact number but it looks confusing.

Photo-1309_pragsmall
05 Aug 2013, 04:18
Princezz viji (1 post)

//I’ve heard of unlock codes that remove even that requirement but I don’t have a reference for you.//

There are several online vendors who are engaged in unlocking mobiles to carriers.. here is one http://www.mobileunlocksolutions.com and a free guide http://www.mobileunlockguide.com which has instructions how to network unlock your phone…

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