1. badpuppa's Avatar
    I am interested in getting a windows phone 7 (wp7) for the apps, games, music and other functions. I really dont need a cell phone and would like to save the carrier charges. I would like to use it around the house, hooked to my home network using Wi-Fi. I have been told that wp7 devices wont work at all without signing up for a voice & data carrier. They suggest I get a tablet .I would prefer a wp7 device. I would like to know if a wp7 can be used without a voice & data carrier signup for non-phone functions and if so any special procedures needed and in what ways it might be limited other than phone use. Any information would be helpful.

    Thank You
    05-18-2011 05:11 AM
  2. Luisraul924's Avatar
    As far as I know there are no limitations on that... you can use it just fine WiFi only.
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    05-18-2011 05:33 AM
  3. jalb's Avatar
    I used my Surround for about a month before it was activated - wifi only. It did fine.
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    05-18-2011 07:19 AM
  4. wolfman-fu's Avatar
    My LG Quantum works fine without the data and voice on it, though it does remind you that you have no SIM card in it when you power it up. I know this only because I keep switching between the LG and my android phone.
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    05-18-2011 08:12 AM
  5. cdook's Avatar
    Yea I know a few of the regulars bought AT&T phones before was service was in their area. They used them WiFi only for a few months.
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    05-18-2011 09:03 AM
  6. Winterfang's Avatar
    That's pretty interesting to know.
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    05-18-2011 10:00 AM
  7. jimski's Avatar
    Phone should work fine w/o a carrier connection using WiFi. One drawback is that WiFi turns off about 30-40 seconds after your phone goes to sleep (unless you are plugged in) so receiving mail in the background would not work for example. I assume you can download apps and use things like live tiles, but MS servers might get a bit confused trying to send down updates when the phone is sleeping. And apps that update on a timed basis, like every night at 12:01am, may not update unless you phone is screen on or plugged in. Otherwise, all should be OK. My Tilt2 has been on since last November w/o a SIM and once I turn on WiFi I can do everything but make phone calls or send texts.

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    05-18-2011 11:08 AM
  8. WayCool's Avatar
    Works great. Nuf said ! You can also use the phone (sans marketplace and Zune) via usb to your PC.
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    05-18-2011 12:03 PM
  9. badpuppa's Avatar
    I would like to thank all the people who answered my post. I've purchased a HTC Arrive and it is working fine. So I'm in the party.

    Keep Smilin'
    05-19-2011 01:52 AM
  10. Michael-Dallas's Avatar
    I'm late in this party, but I'm intrigued. Why a phone instead of a tablet if you're just using it for wifi?

    05-19-2011 09:25 AM
  11. wolfman-fu's Avatar
    Well myself I was using it without a sim card just so I would not have to have two contracts and I can switch back and forth at will.
    Last edited by w01fm4n; 05-19-2011 at 09:55 AM. Reason: hit enter too soon and did not put in full post
    05-19-2011 09:54 AM
  12. badpuppa's Avatar
    To answer Michael, I wanted to be able to easily use the wp7 apps, games, music and camera. Its size will allow me to use it on the go as a PDA (personal data assistant) to replace my prehistoric Sony Clie (a palm device). I like most things about the wp7 devices except paying high cell phone carrier charges as I dont feel I need a cell phone. Since I like electronic gadgets maybe a tablet is in my future, but Im waiting for more selection in Windows tablets maybe with Windows 8. It makes sense to me.

    Keep Smilin
    05-20-2011 12:39 PM