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I'm interested in playing around with the new open android open accessory development kits but don't want to pay a monthly fee for having a cell-phone. If I buy the Nexus One/S unlocked and forgo getting a wireless carrier, would I still have access to the full set of phone features minus 4G/Calls/Texting? In the past, cellphones minus the carriers were crippled from doing anything useful. I'm wondering if this is still the case with the newer smart phones. Essentially it'd be an android-powered iPod Touch.

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Google Voice gives you free SMS, so without the data/cell plan you can still text to your heart's content over WiFi. – Chahk Jun 8 '11 at 14:01
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Yes, it works fine for me without SIM-card. I can still use WiFi for accessing Internet.

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Do you get a constant message telling you to insert a SIM card or does it look the same? – awithrow Jun 8 '11 at 16:01
@awithrow: No, I don't. It works just as a laptop connected to the WiFi. – Jonas Jun 8 '11 at 16:04

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