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As long as you do not want to use the phone as a phone or 'text' messaging app, it can be used as a wifi device. Many of us that had an OG Droid and upgraded are doing just that.
Over wifi, I am able to do the following
I have not tried, but you may be able to text message using Google Voice.
- Install and update apps from app market and Amazon app store
- Stream music over pandora, slacker, amazon MP3 google music
- Stream video
- Use internet browser
- Download music
- Listen to 'stored' music
- Download and read ebooks
- Read email, Gmail, other email, corporate email (MS Exchange)
- Maintain calendar
- Use cloud storage apps, such as dropbox, sorami, awesome drop, etc
- Download and play games (my 3-1/2 year old grandson loves this)
Im pretty sure the ESN change trick would work. Iv done it with older phones, and know others who have also. not sure about smart phones but its the same principal. Its a fairly low-level operation and involves reprogramming EEPROMs. Read up on the subject and you will see.
Frankly, this is the only way i would ever own a smart phone...I currently have a GoPhone and only pay $25 every 3 months for basic voice service, and thats it. I refuse to pay exorbitant fees for a data plan i wont use. I currently don't even txt. I don't plan on upgrading until cell companies offer a reasonable service for a reasonable price. Until then im sticking with the Gophone, the big-rig laptop/PCs and my CB radios...
I actually had an Itouch for a while...it was OK.. but i sold it because it was very limited in what it could do compared to my fullsize laptop...and then i still had to carry around 2 devices. id rather just carry the lappy around everywhere...alltho taking the laptop into a bar or something is unrealistic. The only reason my interest in this subject rekindled was because 2 days ago a friend had a smartphone that i actually really liked (Motorola Devour) ...and it made me think about upgrading...but after re examining the costs of it, even if i could hack it to work without a data plan, it wouldn't be worth it for my needs..