11/23/2010, 11:17 AM
In order to activate your new Unlocked GSM Pre 2 you will need an active SIM card with data plan. You will also need a Palm Profile (this can be your current profile if migrating from a previous WebOS device or you can create a new one during the first use application).
VERY IMPORTANT: The very first SIM you insert and select your language with is the one that will determine your access to the app catalog and how you pay for apps if they are available to you in your location.
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO ACTIVATE WITH A LAUNCH COUNTRY SIM WHILE LOCATED IN THAT COUNTRY TO ENSURE THE DESIRED APP CATALOG AND OTA ACCESS.
YOU ONLY GET ONE SHOT AT THIS!
If you activate your phone with a U.S. based carrier (AT&T or T-Mobile) SIM, you will have access to the U.S. App Catalog and all U.S. model OTA updates. You will be able to pay for apps with U.S. based credit/debit/gift card accounts.
If you activate your phone with any other carrier SIM, your access to the App Catalog or lack thereof will be based on your geographic location as well as the type of funds needed to purchase apps if they are available.
These instructions apply to devices that have not had the carrier activation bypassed. If carrier activation was bypassed (like the devices that were given out at the NYC Dev Day) then you will need to run the First Use App. This can be accomplished by going to Device Info, scrolling down to Reset Options, and selecting App & Data Erase.
If you (like me) do not have an account with a GSM carrier and intend to use your device over wifi as a developer tool or PDA, simply borrow an active SIM with data from a friend or from a carrier store that will be kind enough to allow you to use one from a demo phone for 5 minutes. Once the phone is activated and profile created/loaded, the phone will restart. After this restart it is now safe to remove the SIM card. All other data functions can now be completed using wifi, including your application downloads, App Catalog purchases and OTA updates.
If anyone sees anything that needs to be updated or corrected, please let me know.
For carrier information see TopTongueBarry’s thread HERE
For additional details on App Catalog Geo-Restrictions see Rod Whitby’s thread HERE
For locked GSM devices that need unlocking and activation see GuyFromNam’s thread HERE