Hi everyone. I got a new phone last year and thought I would sell of my old Droid 1. So, I did the factory reset to wipe out all account information and get it ready for a new owner so the phone would go back to the "fresh-out-of-the-box" state. Then, I put the phone in a drawer and forgot about it.
Now, I would like to use the phone as a sort of mini Android Tablet. I took the Droid out of the drawer, charged it up, and started it up again. It of course gave me the choice to skip the carrier access and account creation (which I did skip) inodrer to get to the home screen. I then turned off the cell radio and turned on wifi, and tried to add an account to the system. This is where the problem occurs.
The "Add a Google Account" program eventually comes back with the following message:
Can't establish a reliable data connection. This could be a temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services. If it continues, call Customer Care.
Okay. So this was a bit frustrating. This is an old Verizon phone that has not been rooted, just blanked for reuse with a new owner/account. I thought that maybe the wifi connection was possibly causing problems, so I went to the preloaded web browser and accessed the internet and it was plenty fast for pulling up web pages, videos, etc.
So I tried again and got the same message. After reading the error message the second (3rd, 4th, & 5th) times the word "provisioned" jumped out at me. (Slap head, Doh!)
Does Verizon provisioning somehow throw some software switch that allows the phone to set up accounts, access the market, etc?
Is there a way for me to get this to enable so I can set up an account on the thing and begin using it as a wifi android tablet?
Is there a way to root the phone without being able to use the market to download programs that most rooting requires?
Am I stuck with now selling the thing for pennies to some other poor slob that broke how new phone or can I salvage this?
Thanks for any help. I realize this is a bit of a unique problem. My kids have all turned their old phones into mini android tablets, but they never wiped out the phone first. They just turned off the cell radio and went exclusive wifi with the old verizon provisioning still in the phone.