There is. You have a lot of catching up to do. The short answer, is you "bypass activation by putting it in devmode".
(And that's your Google search phrase.)
There's threads here describing it all. My advice to you is get familiar with this forum, read the latest posts, and most important, start with reading the PivotCE articles, which explain most of what you need to know.
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The phones are usable, with some limitations. You may decide it's not for you. But if you like a challenge, like being different, and don't mind occasional technical tweaking, then welcome to the forum.