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Is a Droid usable with no wireless service - Like an iPod Touch?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by apoapsis, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. apoapsis
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    What I am looking for is basically an iPod Touch, without the obnoxious Apple software and with a GPS unit.

    I am not looking for a cell phone or mobile Internet. All I need is wifi.

    So my question is can I buy an unlocked Droid and use it right out of the box, without getting any plan with Verison, and be able to use wifi to download and use apps and be able to use the GPS unit?

    Any replies would be greatly appriciated :)

    Thank you
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    i am not sure but in theory you should be able to use everything over wifi but i dont think the google maps nav will be possible without any VZ service plan but i certainly may be wrong i have never tried
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    Technically yes (if it's unlocked) not to sure though. But I don't think it's worth it, the stock android music app is bad IMO. If your looking for a multimedia device I suggest getting an iPod Touch or ZuneHD as they were meant for that usage; not to mention it's a lot cheaper that buying a $600 phone that which is not going to be used as a phone. It's kind of a waste. I'd rather spend $300 on a good media player (even though you get stuck with @pple or Micr$oft) rather than $600 on a sub-par one. The Droid/Milestone was made primarily as a smart phone so all the multi-media stuff isn't up to par IMO. If you don't like @pple then I suggest the ZuneHD. Or maybe one of those Archos Tablets, I heard those are pretty good!

    BTW there's no such think as an unlocked Droid as the Droid is specifically CDMA. The Milestone however can be bought unlocked :)
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    I recently took my Droid to England and Sweden (both of which with no CDMA networks), so I can give some insight on this.

    GPS doesn't work without data, at least the navigation part. So no dice unless you get a 3G card for your laptop and make it a hotspot or something along those lines. (Saw the 3G modem advertised in Iceland on my connector flights)

    Some apps will cache data and work fine without internet, like TripIt, currency converter, etc etc, although the latter bugs you about updates constantly even when you have no connection.

    All apps work perfectly fine on Wifi. Google Voice texts and messages come in fine, but SMS does not come through (as that's network traffic, not data) and you'll only be able to do voice over VoIP (Which I could with Sipdroid!)

    Back on the GPS, the chip itself works MOSTLY without a network. It seemed to struggle with finding my location (It found Kensington in England but not Stockholm? This was weatherbug). I think it uses tower location when it has signal as well, so maybe that's why.

    Not sure what else to add, so let me know if you have any other questions!
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    To answer the question on no service plan...

    If you buy from VZW you must have Cell and Data plans.
    If you buy from ebay or another user then no you do not need a plan.
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    Sounds like you really want a small Android pad, not a Droid phone.
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    Not like you have to buy songs from Apple. Just use your own MP3 files on the I-touch.

    Brian
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    Great information lex, and great second post!
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    Yes you can.
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    When you try to get the phone activated, you are going to need to select a data plan.
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    GPS works just fine without data. It's Google Maps/Nav that won't work without data. Another GPS app that doesn't require data would work just fine. I haven't looked into any options as I don't have such a need.
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    Prior to purchasing the Droid, I went to a Verizon retailer and we were able to use the WIFI on a phone not yet activated. I navigated to my Google Account on the browser and was able to navigate to other web pages. You definitely would need to purchase from some one other than a Verizon Retailer. Also, the buy one get one free offer from Verizon requires activation of both phones. As you know, that requires a data plan.
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    Thanks everyone for all the great info - it is greatly appreciated!

    I still don't know quite I'm going to do, but all this helps!
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    Droid A855

    Hello, I would appreciate any help... I got my sister's droid that she no longer used, she upgraded with verizon.All I want is for my grandchild to be able to play games via wifi and download from android market.I don't want to put on a plan, just use wifi. When I try to connect to our clear internet in scans, connects, then diconnects.Any ideal what I'm doing wrong? Thanks
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    I forgot to add, that I tried downloading games to droid sd card on my evo then putting back in droid, games did not show up on phone or sd card, when connected to computer, but when I put my sd card for evo back in, they are there...
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    Got It

    I figured out how to do games, but still no wireless capabilities. Thanks
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    When I upgraded to a droid 3 I kept my original Droid (OG Droid). The OG Droid works great as a WiFi-only device. I can download apps from the App Market, GetJar and AppStore. I can play interactive games over WiFi. I stream music via WiFi for Google Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, and Slacker. I also listen, Using the Old-Time Radio app, old classic radio programs. I also download books for my eReaders apps.

    Skype works well over WiFi.

    For navigation, I use "Navigation by TeleNav". This navigation aid does not require a data plan to use.

    My OG Droid with the enhanced battery has much better battery life than my Droid 3. Because of this, I use the OG Droid for listening to tunes and reading eBooks on cross-country airplane trips.

    Good Luck,
    Bob
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    Check into the Samsung galaxy player lineup.

    Sent from my ADR6425LVW using DroidForums
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    The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 goes on sale at Best Buy for $180. It was on sale for that in January and again a couple of weeks ago. My wife has one and likes it. It's about equal to my Inc2 in terms of speed, etc. It's currently back up to $200, but will probably drop again within the next couple of weeks.
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    As long as you have wifi on the phone, you can pretty much use it for anything except as a cell phone
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