06-22-2014 08:47 PM
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  1. MikaelSmoot's Avatar
    was going to get a lumia 520 or maybe a refurbed 920 to use as a pmp

    do i need to put my sim in to activate or can i do it without?
    12-15-2013 06:01 PM
  2. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    You can play music and view loaded videos without a SIM, it's like airplane mode, but "activate" what do you mean by activate ?
    12-15-2013 06:35 PM
  3. sejgiul's Avatar
    You don't need a sim :)
    12-15-2013 06:35 PM
  4. Microsoftjunkie's Avatar
    If you use any MS service you will essentially need to "activate" it. If not, you're fine with your own preloaded music.
    12-15-2013 06:58 PM
  5. Ashish Saraf1's Avatar
    was going to get a lumia 520 or maybe a refurbed 920 to use as a pmp

    do i need to put my sim in to activate or can i do it without?
    You will still be restricted from using many features

    sent either from my Nokia Lumia 820 or HTC Desire HD
    12-15-2013 09:26 PM
  6. Speedygi's Avatar
    You'd need the sim to activate it the first time and then you don't need it in subsequent usage.

    Sent from my Z10 using Tapatalk 2 Beta-5
    12-15-2013 10:42 PM
  7. badplanet's Avatar
    I believe you need the sim in it to download the Here map files but you can remove the sim after that.
    Last edited by badplanet; 12-15-2013 at 11:47 PM. Reason: Spelling
    12-15-2013 11:46 PM
  8. Citizen X's Avatar
    I believe you need the sim in it to download the Here map files but you can remove the sim after that.
    Not true.

    You can turn on your Windows Phone and set it up without a SIM. Everything works that I have tried except Whatsapp (you need to have text messaging for setup). All you need to do is have an Outlook.com account. So set that up on your computer and use that login for you phone when asked. You of course need a wifi connection as well. If you have contacts in your outlook.com account they will automatically populate your phone when you sign in. I was able to install all my apps. I can send and receive emails and surf the web. Nokia HERE GPS works. I downloaded several maps.
    12-18-2013 11:56 AM
  9. hopmedic's Avatar
    Not true.

    You can turn on your Windows Phone and set it up without a SIM. Everything works that I have tried except Whatsapp (you need to have text messaging for setup). All you need to do is have an Outlook.com account. So set that up on your computer and use that login for you phone when asked. You of course need a wifi connection as well. If you have contacts in your outlook.com account they will automatically populate your phone when you sign in. I was able to install all my apps. I can send and receive emails and surf the web. Nokia HERE GPS works. I downloaded several maps.
    THIS. Using WiFi, nearly everything will work. No, you can't text, you can't make phone calls other than 911, but unless an app requires one of those two things, it'll all work.
    12-18-2013 11:59 AM
  10. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    I have a HTC 8X, with no SIM. I use Skype for all my calls. I have all the MS services and access to the marketplace. It works just as it would if it had a SIM in it. The only thing is, I can't get text messages.
    12-18-2013 12:10 PM
  11. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    I have a HTC 8X, with no SIM. I use Skype for all my calls. I have all the MS services and access to the marketplace. It works just as it would if it had a SIM in it. The only thing is, I can't get text messages.
    or make cellular phone calls (911 not withstanding)
    12-18-2013 08:33 PM
  12. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    I make calls using Skype.
    or make cellular phone calls (911 not withstanding)
    12-18-2013 09:11 PM
  13. jojoe42's Avatar
    I make calls using Skype.
    Skype supports text messaging to international numbers doesn't it? You get a Skype number right?
    12-18-2013 10:36 PM
  14. ntice_521's Avatar
    HERE Drive on the 52x won't work without a SIM card. This is because Drive (unlike Drive+ on more expensive models) uses the SIM to limit itself to one country.
    12-19-2013 12:53 AM
  15. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    I have a Skype number. The Skype app on WP8 doesn't support text messages. Skype on Android and iOS supports text out, but not inbound text. Which I find just as useless.
    Skype supports text messaging to international numbers doesn't it? You get a Skype number right?
    12-19-2013 07:50 AM
  16. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Ok, if you using skype for cell phone service, you can't text. But there's a work around. You can use hotmail to email a text message. I've been using this method to text people who refuse to use switch from a text message plan.

    Set your hotmail to receive messages as soon as they come in and you have a "text" solution. Here's what you need to send text message to various US carriers.
    ATT
    5551234567@txt.att.net
    5551234567@mms.att.net

    Sprint
    5551234567@messaging.sprintpcs.com

    Verizon
    5551234567@vtext.com

    Tmobile
    5551234567@tmomail.net

    12-20-2013 10:29 AM
  17. badcat's Avatar
    Not true.

    You can turn on your Windows Phone and set it up without a SIM. Everything works that I have tried except Whatsapp (you need to have text messaging for setup). All you need to do is have an Outlook.com account. So set that up on your computer and use that login for you phone when asked. You of course need a wifi connection as well. If you have contacts in your outlook.com account they will automatically populate your phone when you sign in. I was able to install all my apps. I can send and receive emails and surf the web. Nokia HERE GPS works. I downloaded several maps.
    This is really good to know. I just ordered a Lumia 520 (GoPhone) to goof around with. I figured I couldn't lose for $39.00.
    12-20-2013 02:23 PM
  18. Chris_Kez's Avatar
    HERE Drive on the 52x won't work without a SIM card. This is because Drive (unlike Drive+ on more expensive models) uses the SIM to limit itself to one country.
    Ouch; that is unfortunate. Could you just activate it and get maybe just one month of service or the fewest possible minutes on a pre-paid plan? Or are you saying it will only work as a navigation device if you're an active cellular customer?
    12-22-2013 04:30 AM
  19. ntice_521's Avatar
    Ouch; that is unfortunate. Could you just activate it and get maybe just one month of service or the fewest possible minutes on a pre-paid plan? Or are you saying it will only work as a navigation device if you're an active cellular customer?
    Don't know. This is just something I noticed when playing with the 521 for the first time, before inserting a SIM. (Everything else seemed to work without the SIM).

    There is a $20 upgrade to Drive+ available, and presumably then it wouldn't care about country. But I can't say for sure.
    12-22-2013 06:37 AM
  20. colinkiama's Avatar
    Yes you can. I booted my 620 for the first time with no sim.
    12-22-2013 06:44 AM
  21. badplanet's Avatar
    I think I heard on a podcast that you only need a sim in it to download the maps over wifi. I think after you download the maps for your country you can remove the sim. I have not tried it myself but might be worth a try.
    12-28-2013 06:09 PM
  22. Chris Coyle's Avatar
    I have a 520 as a developer device. I use it without a SIM and have downloaded maps. There is no activation needed.
    12-28-2013 06:33 PM
  23. umair mehboob's Avatar
    can any one of you tell me whenever i try to sign in my google account my mobile HTC 8s always gives an error "activation failed"?????????
    03-21-2014 04:42 PM
  24. Lou Welty's Avatar
    i bought the windows 8 phone l925(l1020) December 2013 model *clone* from a overseas online site. when i turned it on it was already on the Google android OS so i used my wifi to connect and i use th play store to do what ever i need. but i have issues with some of the apps because of my ram and internal memory is so over powering with the apps it slows or freezes down. i use a 16gb external sd card for extra memory so it doesn't mess up. and i reboot if it freezes. but over its an awesome phone. its the bright red one they have online and it got it at a steal for $43.
    but still if im still not able to get the windows to pull up at all, theres nothing showing where at to access to buttons widgets applications. ive searched EVERYWHERE in this phone. i guess ill wait to get a sim and activate to see if its changed. IF YOU OR ANYONE KNOWS ANYTHING LEGIT PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
    06-22-2014 05:55 PM
  25. peachy001's Avatar
    What? You bought a Windows Phone shaped phone, that runs Android? It cost $43, and you are asking why it struggles with basic stuff. I would think you have an answer right there. If it is an Android phone that is shaped like a Windows Phone, then you really ought to try an Android forum. Not hating, just not sure I read what you said properly. Am I right, or did my English comprehension fail me?
    06-22-2014 06:04 PM
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