With my old Incredible after doing a factory reset I got it to bypass activation. When it goes to the activate screen hit the activate button wait two seconds and then hit the cancel button a couple of times and it should bypass it and let you connect to a wifi network.
Best way to get passed it is to click the emergency call and dial *228. That will take you straight to the activation screen from there...took about a few mins to figure that out but it works perfectly. Give it a try!!!
hold down both the power button and volume down button until you see "fastboot"
then press the volume down button until you see boot bypass (bp) then press both the volume up & down buttons at the same time, wait for a minute and it will boot up to google setup, enter some random info into google setup and wait until it tries to connect to google, then backup until you can setup later and it will then boot with no service, piece of cake!