1. PrompterBob's Avatar
    I'm a long time Apple fanboy who loves his iPhone. I've been intrigued by Android and I'm considering getting a Galaxy Note II to dabble with. I'd like to avoid having to pay monthly cell charges and only want to use it primarily as a mini-tablet via WiFi. Is this possible? Does it need a SIM? Does it need to be unlocked? Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Prompter Bob
    01-25-2013 11:52 AM
  2. Flexia's Avatar
    You shouldn't need any sim to get on wifi. You will just get annoying pop ups saying there is no sim.
    01-25-2013 11:58 AM
  3. PrompterBob's Avatar
    You shouldn't need any sim to get on wifi. You will just get annoying pop ups saying there is no sim.
    So I guess if I put in some kind of SIM the nagging would stop?
    01-25-2013 12:01 PM
  4. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Actually there's no nagging unless you want to use phone-specific features like the Dialer or SMS. It will show a prompt each time you boot your device, though, just like any other PHONE (if there's no SIM card to be recognized, it'll let you know that it won't work as a phone). But using the device for other purposes (all other apps, games, etc.) should not be a problem on WiFi or even offline mode. I used my old Galaxy SII on WiFi for about a month because I somehow managed to break the GSM antenna in it
    01-25-2013 02:10 PM
  5. PrompterBob's Avatar
    Good to hear. That's exactly how I want to use it.
    01-25-2013 02:22 PM
  6. donec's Avatar
    I used my Note 2 for 2 weeks on just WiFi and only time I got message about a sim is the first time I turned it on. I used Talkatone to make calls via WiFi and now I have added a sim just to have as a backup for phone calls if I am out of range for my hotspots WiFi signal. Really works great as a mini-tablet via WiFi.
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    01-25-2013 04:52 PM
  7. jdub1981's Avatar
    I just have to ask why? This phone costs 700+ brand new. You have plenty of tablet choices in the under 500 category that are wifi only.

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    01-25-2013 05:32 PM
  8. PrompterBob's Avatar
    I just have to ask why? This phone costs 700+ brand new. You have plenty of tablet choices in the under 500 category that are wifi only.
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    I don't want to carry around a big tablet. I like my Kindle Fire but even that's a bit too big - and it's a lame tablet.
    01-25-2013 06:49 PM
  9. OceanView's Avatar
    You'll love it. I predict you will go ahead and switch over completely once you have a chance to use it.
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    01-25-2013 08:05 PM
  10. my3chis's Avatar
    If I were you I would save some $ and buy a Galaxy Player 5.0 instead.

    Sent from my AWESOME Note 2!
    PrompterBob likes this.
    01-25-2013 08:12 PM
  11. jdub1981's Avatar
    Exactly...or wait a bit. Samsung is going to releasing some new tablets real soon.

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    01-25-2013 08:55 PM
  12. donec's Avatar
    If I were you I would save some $ and buy a Galaxy Player 5.0 instead.

    Sent from my AWESOME Note 2!
    Doesn't come with the s-pen or work with the s-pen.
    01-26-2013 12:52 PM
  13. VetteDude's Avatar
    Is it only the Verizon version that nags you for no SIM? When I received mine I skipped activation till I could get up to the store to grab a SIM (I had a 3G device before) and it left a recurring notification that said something like No SIM Detected.
    01-26-2013 01:11 PM
  14. PrompterBob's Avatar
    If I were you I would save some $ and buy a Galaxy Player 5.0 instead.
    Sent from my AWESOME Note 2!
    So the Galaxy Player 5.0 is Android's equivalent to the iPod Touch? I noticed it runs Gingerbread out of the box. Anyone know if it's capable of running Jellybean?
    01-26-2013 04:25 PM
  15. my3chis's Avatar
    My son has a ipod touch and the galaxy player. Doesn't even use his ipod any more.

    True the player doesn't have the s-pen but Verizon has disabled so many options for it that I don't use it much anyway.

    The galaxy player is running Gingerbread.

    Sent from my AWESOME Note 2!
    01-26-2013 08:44 PM

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