Can I Use Ally as a PDA Only (no phone activation)

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    Android Lurker pokayoke's Avatar
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    My old Palm is dying, so I'm I need of a PDA replacement. But I don't need a phone or a calling plan. As an alternative to a typical PDA, I'm considering purchasing an LG Ally on EBay and just using the WiFi and applications. Since I don't want/need phone service, I'm inclined to save money and purchase a phone labeled "bad ESN". But before I do so, I'm looking for clear confirmation that I will be able to use the Ally in this manner. My research so far indicates that this is likely possible, but I haven't seen definitive confirmation that this will work. Possible issues might include not being able to bypass the Verizon activation screen, apps not working without phone service, etc. I figured you Ally owners are the best folks to ask. ( : Thanks in advance for your help.

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    It sounds reasonable enough to expect the Ally to work in this way. I have not read anything to the contrary. Did you seek info on other smartphones being able to do that?

    If the phone is from ebay, it is very likely that it has at least been activated once. I have reset my phone before and it does not require that I activate again.

    Another poster wrote that he was not using Verizon so a data plan is the only thing I can imagine would fowl things up. Like, if you had a constant message across the screen saying, "NO DATA PLAN DETECTED" or some other inane crap. Did you contact LG's CS and ask if the product would work in this way? I hope they would give you a flat "No!" if a signal/data plan is required.

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    I purchased a used Ally locally and used it for about a month before activating to make sure it was what I was looking for. Everything worked fine. If wasn't a "Bad ESN" phone. Of course, you won't be able to make any phone calls other than 911. I was able to use Wifi to update the phone and download apps. The phone boots up and says Verizon wireless just like it was on an active account. There were no messages requiring a data plan or anything else. I bypassed the activate phone request when I first got it, and didn't have it come up after that. I was able to transfer all my contacts from and older Motorola phone through Outlook then to Google mail. You will probably need a GMail account, as I had to set one up to transfer everything.

    Personally, I think the Ally may be a little small to use as a PDA. It has a nice keyboard, but I would probably go with a phone that has a bigger screen. I still use my old Dell Axim X5 PDA from time to time. It has a bigger screen, but it seems ancient to some of the phone out today.

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    Good to know. So it should work.

    BTW, to bypass activation, when you first turn on the phone and the Android comes up who wants you to touch him to begin, instead touch the corners of the screen from Top Left to Top Right to Bottom Right to Bottom Left. This bypassed all set-up and went straight to the Home Screen.

    I would definitely add the "Jorte" Calendar App to a PDA. It is a very cool replacement of the stock calendar that is a lot more customizable. It comes with lots of useful Widgets, too, including Agenda, Weekly, Bi-weekly, Monthly, Tasks List (you can check off tasks while they are completed), etc. "Jorte" is what our calendar App should be.

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    Android Lurker pokayoke's Avatar
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    Thanks for your help, folks. I feel much more comfortable now, so I took the plunge and ordered a used one today. I'll post back after I receive it to confirm that it works.

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    Android Jr Member David Sevigny's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pokayoke View Post
    Thanks for your help, folks. I feel much more comfortable now, so I took the plunge and ordered a used one today. I'll post back after I receive it to confirm that it works.

    i'm glad this will work 4 u in this way. i loved my pocet PC, however as i look seems kinda less handy. i also had a palm @ 1 time.

    yet why dont you want 2 make phone calls from the same device?

    i give my father a hard time because he bought an ipad...not that it isn't an awesome device, but it's an iphone that can't make calls, with a larger screen.

    perhaps my confusion lies with..."dad you already have an Iphone?!"

    ...2 further it your intention 2 carry 2 devices? i.e. a phone, and a "handheld" unit?

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