[Q] Unwashed heathen with stupid questions. :)
First, I'm 30 and I've never even owned a cell phone. I'm very tech savvy with computer hardware/BIOS ROM flashes/linux etc. My most sincere apologies for any terminology mistakes and for not knowing enough on the subject. I've been researching this for the last week but I've hit a brick wall while trying to learn more.
I ordered a (working, stock) used Samsung Galaxy S 4G (NOT an S4). Should get it in a day or two.
I want to use it without any cell service what so ever; strictly over my home Wifi network and free hotspots. I'm planning to use Google voice or Oomas app for free/cheap voice service over wifi. The phone was cheap so I consider it a learner/throwaway phone to get my foot in the door with regards to phone rooting/flashing/modding. No worries about bricking the thing as I stumble around in a haze of noobish stupidity and ignorance.
Bleh.. I don't even know what terms to ask/search so I'll just spit it out as best I can.
The SGS4G uses a sim card or will ask me to activate a phone service before I can use it right? There are password/button combinations to manually bypass activation but that's a pain to do every boot. Is the activation built into the Kernal or the Firmware? Are there ROMs that ignore/disable cell activation nags to make this thing a strictly WiFi device? What search terms should I be using to find more info?
Apologies again for the noobish questions and much thanks for any tidbits of info you could toss my way!