I have a situation similar to Can I use an Android phone without an Internet access plan? but with one key difference, I don't even want to use it as a phone. Just a PDA.

I have an original VZW droid, the phone powers up and I can start apps etc; however, I cannot even connect to WiFi (it tries and fails with an error that just says unable to connect, try again). Is this a limitation of the phone being not activated? I used to use this phone as my every day driver, but I've since upgraded to a new phone, but would still like to use this droid as a wifi web browser around the house.

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    Don't know why it would prevent you from being on Wi-Fi. Try putting it in Airplane mode then turning on Wi-Fi and connecting again? Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 21:30
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    @jlehenbauer Thanks. That sounds like a good test. I'll try that and report back.
    – Nate
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 21:31
  • stock motorola's usually want you to log into motoblur but apart from that it should just work
    – ce4
    Commented Jun 19, 2012 at 22:08
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    @ce4: The original Droid did not have Motoblur.
    – ale
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 1:15
  • I use my Droid for wifi-based apps without any problem. It's been off contract since last October. Perhaps try a battery-out power off; if that doesn't work, try to forget your Wifi network and then re-add it.
    – TomG
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 2:59

3 Answers 3


Yes you can, there shouldn't be any problem for using your phone as PDA only.


There shouldn't be any problems using WiFi without having an active account on your og Droid. There's a pretty good discussion of this same question on the thread "repurpose old android phone".


I had the same issue with my HTC Hero. Even though I could toggle Wifi on and off while in Airplane mode, it would fail to connect. Turning Airplane mode off solved the problem.

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