Android phones still require data plan?

by A » Sun, 11 Apr 2010 05:24:39 GMT


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 Hi all,

I noticed that I can buy an unlocked HTC Android phone online,
and I am curious to know whether Android still requires
a data plan. Early on, one thing that turned me off to Android
was that people said that even an unlocked Android phone
would not function with prepaid minutes SIMs because
the OS required a data plan for some arbitrary reason.
People complained. But have things changed?

Also, if I connect an Android phone to my PC via USB or
Bluetooth, can I use the web browser on the phone through
the PC, as one can do with Windows Mobile phones?

Thanks.

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Android phones still require data plan?

by Mark Murphy » Sun, 11 Apr 2010 05:38:27 GMT


 


Some Android phones will require a data plan briefly for activation, as
you need to set up your Google account information before you can fully
use the phone. For a GSM phone, if you can borrow somebody's SIM with a
data plan, use that long enough to activate the phone, then you can
switch to a prepaid SIM.

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Android phones still require data plan?

by A » Sun, 11 Apr 2010 07:05:49 GMT


 I'm curious about this approach. With normal phone activation
it occurs through the cellular network. Why is it through the
data plan for Android? Also, don't these phones generally
come with Wifi? If so why not use Wifi for activation?






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Android phones still require data plan?

by Mark Murphy » Sun, 11 Apr 2010 07:40:44 GMT


 


You need both. The data plan is used to register your Google account
with the phone.


Because you cannot set up WiFi until you register your Google account
with the phone.

Now, some phones do not require the up-front Google account
registration, as I understand it. Those phones can be activated
normally, and then you can use WiFi for when you do indeed need to
provide the Google account (e.g., to access the Android Market).

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Android phones still require data plan?

by A » Sun, 11 Apr 2010 08:13:51 GMT


 



That's really strange. Many devices have Wifi capability,
for instance my printer, and selecting a router to use doesn't
require any catch-22 situation of needing an account first.
But I know there are other strange rules regarding Google accounts
not to do with phones, so I guess it's par for the course.

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Android phones still require data plan?

by alexk-il » Mon, 12 Apr 2010 06:12:38 GMT


 


Mark,

I've set my Google account on my HTC Hero over the WiFi. I'm still
using my phone without mobile networking with WiFi as the only
available option.

Perhaps, registering with Google Checkout is another story.

Best
Alex



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Android phones still require data plan?

by opgenorth » Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:11:01 GMT


 




When I got my ADP1, I set it up without a data plan, just using WiFi.
This is a bit dated, but here is how I did it:
 http://www.opgenorth.net/2009/03/14/getting-started-with-my-adp1/ 


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Android phones still require data plan?

by Michael Cheselka » Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:04:18 GMT


 Hello,

Why would you need to register with Google to use the WiFi?

Are there hacked ROMs enabling use for web browsing and ssh without
registering with Google?

Is there a list of CDMA Android devices?

Is there an Android phone market place for buying used Android CDMA
phone besides obvious places like eBay and Craigslist?

Regards,
Michael Cheselka
650-488-4820




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Android phones still require data plan?

by Mark Murphy » Mon, 12 Apr 2010 20:32:49 GMT


 


As I noted in one of my posts on this thread, some phones do not require
the Google account when the phone is first turned on. Some phones do,
including the Motorola DROID and the Nexus One. There may be
undocumented ways to get past that limitation for these devices.

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