Advice about Buying and using Droid 2 Global?

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  1. zBusterCB87

    zBusterCB87 New Member

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    Hey all,

    I currently have an iPod touch that I have been using for a long time... Yah, I know...fail...lol
    Anyways, I have an app for it that gives it a phone number for calling & texting as long as I buy air time minutes, texting is free...lol All over wifi...
    and a regular dum phone with a cell service for emergency calling, and this is expensive...rofl

    I finally got enough money now to buy a Droid 2 Global, I like it because its so much better...

    If I but the phone with NO cellular service, I know I still get my emergency call service so that is no problem, I can then get rid of my dum phone then...

    Now I have wifi, my friend told me that it is not possible for the droid to send or recieve phone calls and text messages without an existing service paid for, so it would not have any verizon service or anything: which means no phone number... and no way to send recieve calls & text...
    Is this true? I would really like to stop using an ipod because of the way they are made and managed, its a headach every time I want to make it do anything new or whatever...

    Is there any app or combination of apps that will give me a phone number that I can use to send & recieve text and phone calls? Mostly texting, I dont call or get called much so thats fine...
    I'm willing to buy minutes, this way I only buy what I need when I need it and I don't have to wast my money on data and cell services draining my money...lol

    Also, if I buy the phone from some random source for like lower price new unopened old stock, what about sim cards? Do I have to have a sim card? or will I be fine without it?
    Also, what if a sim card is alredy in the phone? should I remove it and hold onto it? or is it harmless? Honestly, what is a sim card? lol :p

    Thankz everyone for your help I have been looking but I never find anything about no 3G or service and only wifi, only combo and using either or...rofl

    I'll keep looking and I'll still be here for discussion, thankz everyone :)
    zBuster
     
  2. 13th angel

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    my advice, dont buy a global. Especially if you arent going to be using it as a real phone.

    The closest thing that i know of to that is skype.
     
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    Global Phone


    I would agree with 13th- don't buy the Global. Too many issues, not enough fixes for me.

    I would suggest this one thing. My friend at work is deaf, and has an iPhone from ATT. He gets a special package for hearing impaired people that includes unlimited data, but no voice. I think Verizon offers one too, not sure who else. You might check into that option.
     
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    I thought google voice gives you unlimited calling and texting in the u.s.? They also give you your own phone number. And you can buy a droid 2, and you don't need to activate it on verizon for it to work. You just won't have cell service. It'll just be a very powerful and advanced wifi only device.

    Sent from my DROID2 using DroidForums
     
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    zBusterCB87 New Member

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    Double posted...rofl...fail...lol
     
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    My friend has a Droid 2 Global and he took it off the network and actually started testing stuff for me as I was finding different things to try and the posts about google voice helped! :)

    He said it worked on wifi only and no cell service or plans at all... :)

    So now my plan is to replace my ipod touch and current dum phone and just get a droid with no network, because I have wifi all over the place and when I don't it is just like when a cell signal wont work, I don't mind at all...lol

    Also, I have a family plan with my family, so it will be cheaper for us with one less phone, and the way I see it, I can just add the phone to the plan for a short time whenever we go on any trips or vacationing, and just swapp out sim cards for the regions, like if we go to Europe or something, we just buy a sim card for that region and yay, full data :D lol

    I know the US has full free roaming so thats not an issue...lol :p

    And, I still have my emergency calling for it even without a cell plan, i just have to turn the 3G on, let it connect then dial the 911 or whatever, so the safety is still there :D

    Does this sound do-able? only difference is it is a droid 2 global instead of a dum phone and an ipod touch 3G, and now I don't have to pay as much for the cell plan! :D

    What is a good price for a droid 2 global new no service? 350-400 dollars?

    I want new with no unlock so I can do it myself and make sure its correct...lol Also, I want to make sure the phone has a clean ESN and such...

    Is that all I really need to check? clean ESN?
    I want to be able to go to a different network if needed...lol
    I read ESN is needed if the phone will be used for Verizon in the US...

    Also, if I root the phone, will I have to worry about anything like base Bands or cell service parts of the phone having a separate unlock? Like the iphones?

    I really like the droid 2 global because I can easily replace the battery, buy a bigger capacity battery, it has lots of ram, fast CPU and overclock-able/under-clock-able, able to change the CPU voltages (lol), and the memory card can be unplugged along with the sim card! :D
    And I can buy bigger memory cards and have multiple cards too :D

    I also like how stock it is not locked out as much as the iPhones and iPods, because my iPod, its so locked out I can't do anything much on my own...rofl...lol

    Also, GPS:
    -Does the Droid 2 global have built in GPS that will work with NO cell service? and no wifi if needed?
    -I can just make a small app that will cash the maps I need at all levels like I was going to do for my ipod till I saw the cost of the software to do it...lol (The ipod has a couple apps with preloaded maps of the world that takes like 8-10 GB but its fine)
    - Also, All I really need anyways is a simple compass that will work with GPS and no signals (wifi & cellular) at all, because I pretty much know where I am in relation to where I want to go, I just forget directions sometimes....lol And 1 way streets r no problem, I can just drive in circles till I find the maze out... :p

    Thoughts?
    Thankz again for the help :)

    EDIT:
    I alredy have google voice and a phone number for it so that should not be a problem...lol :)

    EDIT-2:
    just read this from the sticky because now I am close to making sure the phone if usable the way I want to use it, I am looking into unlocking it and such...
    It says verizion locks the phones SIM out? Is that the sim card itself? so If I ever wanted to use the phones on AT&T, Verizion, T-Mobile, or any others when I do eventually want to activate it, I cant?
    I am confused...rofl...lol
    I'll keep looking but if anyone wants to help clairify this, thanks in advance... :)
     
  7. MegaThrasher

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    Why don't you either pay for service or forget about it? Its kinda useless w/o it.

    Sent from my Droid 2 Global running Fission 2.4.3
     
  8. zBusterCB87

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    Because I am tired of carying a small phone I never use on a cell service except for once every so often, and an iPod touch with XGPS300 attachment for everything else...lol
    I will eventually put the phone on verizion network after I get more money in a few years for it, but ATM I'm unable too add the monthly payments... and It would help if I drop my phone from the current family plan to save the 20-30 dollars per month...
    And, wifi is EVERYWHERE here where I live, the cities provide it free of charge to everyone, and every corner, restraint, & my house pretty much has free wifi so I'm set for that, I figure get the Droid 2 Global and use what I have now and save some monthly payments :D
    Then I can (in a few years) add the phone to a cell plan :)
    because we all share the cost and I'm all about trying to save money but still have the stuff I want...lol :p
    As long as the droid 2 global makes text and phone too and from, which my friend did for me, with no network, I'll buy it, I just wondering about other stuff...lol :p
     
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    You better do some research on this forum about the mods you want to do. ROM's are very limited and the bootloader is locked. Not a lot you can do with them. You might consider another version of Droid if you want to mod it.

    BTW- I know you said you wanted a new one, but if you really want to save some money, I'll sell you mine. Bought new from Verizon in December. Personally, I'd like to have something I can easily mod myself.
     
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    True d2g roms are limited however because of our work on team GRD we can use dx/d2 roms on d2g as well. However, yea I would consider something else for what you want to do. Tbh, if I could get something else I would but I'm stuck with this d2g.

    Sent from my Liberated D2G
     
  11. zBusterCB87

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    Well I plan on selling my iPod touch & its GPS attachement and my phone regular phone to someone else, they said they would buy them if I wanted to sell them, so Buying a Droid 2 Global would basically be a wash for me...
    That is including the price decreases for the iPod and the XGPS300 for it...
    I found someone with an unopened droid 2 global who bought it and never opened it or activated it... idk why, but the seal hasn't been broken...lol
    I kinda told him I'd buy it from him alredy, but we never picked a price yet...lol

    Thats why I'm all about the droid 2 global...
    And, the ram and speed and stuff I can play around with...

    As far as using it as a phone I like the google voice + texting for it without a service...

    I've just been looking into the rooting and custom flashing for it and stuff, looks descent...lol :p

    As far as apps, I can probably try making my own like I did with the *.deb files and cydia installers and stuff for the ipod touch... (Mostly for fun and because there were some things I wanted to modify and add because I wanted to try it and if I suceeded I'd use it, only worked with one thing I made, then I updated my iOS firmware and added the next jailbreak for it and it wouldn't work so I gave up...lol)

    My basic plan is to do the wash, get the droid 2 Global use it as a wifi phone with google voice, then after like 3 years or so, add it to the plan when I get more money flow...lol :p
    And by then maybe I'll be able to take a university sponsored trip to Europe for competitions or something and still have a phone to use...
    BTW I also plan on keeping the droid, after I get one, for like 6-10 years...
    Unless I do this again and swap devices and only loose about 50-100 dollars over it...

    My only problem I have with the droid is the app store, I havent really looked into it, But I really do not want to put a credit/debit card into an account or something... Thats why I liked the iPod touch and its app store, because you could buy gift cards easily and redeem...
    But I'm only going by what I was told and that is the droid app store has to have a credit/debit card to be able to buy stuff from it...fail no redeeming...lol :p

    Also, my iPod touch boot loader is locked too, so I'm pretty much ok with that...lol I get around that by increasing its clock speed a bit (Which is truly a pain and the wrong speed setting will make it black screen even if the CPU doesn't break) and emulating the stuff for fun...
    I managed to make windows XP fully emulate on it with the dosBox port someone else made for it!! :D But it lagged...lol the D2G has a way faster CPU so I really wana try that or the like on it eventually! :)

    IDK I'm looking mostly for a play toy wifi spart device as long as I can commumicate with others over it, calling (optional - desired) texting (Wanted - needed)...lol :p

    But just for fun, what would the ideal smart hpne full unlockable, fully moddable and whatever else that ya'll are intrested in OR recommend me getting even though I most likley wont (Atleast I'm honest)...lol :p

    EDIT:
    30 dollars a month, thats BIG savings!!! :D
    If I can achieve it...lol :p
     
  12. djp

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    It seems like you've made your mind already and aren't interested in advice to the contrary, but based on your criteria, the D2G is a poor selection. As others on this thread have pointed out, the locked bootloader and few ROMs severely limit your hacking/tinkering options. If you're not using the D2G as a phone - in particular a global phone - it really isn't a good selection on your part.

    As far as your plan to keep this device for 6-10 years, I'm not sure if you're joking or just overly optimistic....
     
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