Motorola/Verizon Droid; Unlocked? Is no plan possible?

Motorola/Verizon Droid; Unlocked? Is no plan possible?

Postby MichaelEGR » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:31 am

Greets,

Like several folks doing serious dev with Android you probably have 3-4+ Android devices. I have 4 and soon 5 with the Nexus One coming in soon. If at all possible I try to get unlocked versions or at least a device on T-Mobile where I have my main service and sim card. However, I have a stock no contract US Verizon Droid and simply need to work with the raw device/OS for OpenGL ES. I don't need data service or anything else; wifi would be nice, but I could get by with just accessing the raw device functionality via standard dev procedures. Since this device doesn't have a sim card I can't easily test if I can use the device without Verizon data services (IE take out the sim!). I have a locked/standard MyTouch3G that requires a sim card to get past the Android OS software screen lock to use the device. I'd like to know if I cancel my Verizon data service plan will I still have access the raw device functionality and be able to get past the software screen lock?. Since I am mainly developing quite earnestly with the Droid I can't experiment with any down time per se and just cancel service. I also am not pleased with paying ~$60 for service I don't use nor am obligated via contract to pay and they have already attempted nickel/diming me for extraneous fees + taxes in California are high on the service something like ($14!).

So does anybody know if a stock Droid with no Verizon service allows access to basic device functionality being able to bypass the software screen lock? If I cancel data service will this lock me out of the Droid? Are there any other options to get basic device functionality with the stock OS that is live for Verizon / standard Droid users?

Thanks for any tips...
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Postby MichaelEGR » Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:46 am

For future reference it was rather easy to test disconnection with Verizon as you can suspend an account for up to three months instantly without any fees to reinstate. I didn't disconnect the account entirely, but the Droid doesn't seem crippled / locked out and of course wireless access is fine.

This is good news for Droid developers as when I picked it up in the store I kind of got suckered into getting service thinking it was necessary for a "locked" phone and of course the rep played dumb when I asked in store. As mentioned previously I have a MyTouch3G that requires a sim card on T-mobile to get past the software screen lock, so I figured there may be an active account requirement with the Droid/Verizon for whatever reason.

So yeah.. Droid dev no monthly fees.. :)
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