You can turn on the device to see the screen and light leakage without activating it.
To activate it simply login to your sprint account online and select the option to activate a new phone.
If you for some reason need to switch back then you do the same process with the phone that will be deactivated.
Your EVO has an automated activation. If you turn on the new phone it will fail at that and you will have to manually do it. Both ways will work, but it is quicker to have it go on its own.
When you go to Sprints site and log in, you will see options at the right hand side of each phone on your account. Find the one that you want to activate and clcik on Activate new Phone. It will likely then ask you if you want to back up your contacts, just ignore that.
At that point, you will be asked to enter in the ESN. This is the number that needs to be registered with Sprint before activation can commence.
Alright, got my phone. Switched service. All is good and all is running. Less light leakage on this. Screen doesn't seem raised like my original. No dead pixel that I can notice. Everything seems good to go! I'm happy...
Has anyone had a replacement sent to them before? Do I have to send everything back? Battery, charger, SD card, etc.? I might swap SD cards if I have to return.... I have some movies on the other one that I don't feel like reconverting.