As I don't have a Pre3, I can't speak about that.. but with several Pre2 at my house (kids) I'd say that I might have a certain point of view.
Originally Posted by gagetbOy
The kids absolutely love their phones, and tend to compare them to other's phones and for a 2 year old machine, it's still holding up incredibly well... they even have some people asking where they can get one once they see how they are compared to their Android or iPhones.
But anyways... I saw that no one has actually answered your question about activation in detail...
First, the best way is to simply borrow someone's SIM that has a DATA plan... believe me, it takes five-ten minutes at most, and once the account is set up and once you are rebooting to the level of being able to set your WIFI, you then switch the SIM and finish the setup.
The alternative consist of several step, bypassing the setup via dev mode, loading a few preware apps, and so forth... here's another thread that talks all about it, including various instructions and links... and you'll see that it's not straightforward and can end up that it simply doesn't work. Bypass Pre 2 activation screen
For my kids' phones, I did the bypass to test the phones and have them on WIFI until I went and got them some SIMS (phone plan only), as the phones were Christmas presents.
Once I had the SIMS, I found that the attempt to set the phones up via WIFI bypass simply wasn't worth the trouble and I just used my SIM (I have a DATA plan on mine) to set the phones up, did that, and placed their SIMs back after the setup done, and now they ran off WIFI for data, and outside, the phones are just that ...phones.
If you don't have family or a friend that can assist, just going to your cellphone store, they normally have demo/test SIMS that you should be able to borrow for this setup. Trust me, it beats trying the alternative as that could take you hours and still no way to assure that it'll work.