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Do you need to "activate" a Samsung Galaxy S II?

Do you need to connect a Samsung Galaxy S II to a PC to activate it? Or is it ready to go out of the box?

Most Useful Answer shuwaz  Aug. 22, 2011 at 15:25

You never need to activate a phone, its ready to use, straight out of the box.

You normally need to activate you sim card (e.g. activate your contract or PAYG sim by calling up the network and registering it with them).

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shuwaz  Aug. 22, 2011 at 15:25

You never need to activate a phone, its ready to use, straight out of the box.

You normally need to activate you sim card (e.g. activate your contract or PAYG sim by calling up the network and registering it with them).

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 15:42

It's not an iPhone, which as far as I'm aware is the only phone you pointlessly need to "activate". The SGS2, as shuwaz said, works out of the box. You just need to use your gmail account to use the Market.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 17:12

palm/Hp Pre phones need to be activated as well, but you do it over-the-air. Fair to say Blackberry devices need to be activated too. Also, over-the-air. No Bb account, no BIS/BES/BBM... Android phones, too if you want to use the market. It's really Bada and Nokia's Symbian devices that'll work without some sort of account - though for Ovi Store you need to register, too. But any email account will do.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 17:28

Suppose it depends on your definition of "activate", really. Lots of phones need some kind of registration, far less need actual activation before the phone will do anything.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 17:44

matt,
you're right. In that regard Apple and then webOS take the biscuit. Oh, and further afield the Nook Color and Amazon's Kindle, of course, though they are not phones.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 18:03

I'm ashamed to say, I once owned an iPhone 3G, it was a god awful experience, which I never wish to repeat, ever. Activation was the first sign of bad things to come :p

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 18:35

I'm kind of a split-personality when it comes to iPhones. I'd never buy one again (I experimented with an iPhone 4 ...).
A phone that locks me to a certain PC suite for trivial chores is not for me. Start iTunes to transfer one song? pffft. Not to mention that I mainly use Ubuntu and Backtrack, so, apparently I'm not worthy of iProducts, cause iTunes is only for Win/Mac....
But having said that, many many folks do not care about such issues. Survey after survey shows majority of phone users don't know what model phone they use, whether it's smart or feature/dumb etc... they never tweak or personalise more than the wallpaper or the ringtone... For those folks and for jailbreakers an iPhone is an option I s'pose, and I wouldn't really try and 'convert' anyone. Watching X-factor - now there is an evil ;)

As to Apple's dubious corporate strategies - yeah, well, all tech corporations are in bed with governments, the military (hello Nokia) etc etc... Apple is just extremely cocky about their "way", which, yes, makes them a lovely target :p

I'm curious how Apple will approach the fight with Android pricewise.
Seriously, were I in the market for a tab, would I buy an overpriced wifi-only Android tab, or an iPad 2 for the same price or less? Sorry, I have to admit, I'd probably go for an iPad 3G. I won't, though.

shuwaz  Aug. 22, 2011 at 19:15

Its the customisation feature that wins it for me (and the reason I ditched the iPhone 4 after a few weeks). Its the same with PC operating systems. Ubunto has some really cool features that makes you think 'how did I get on using Windows and Mac for so long without asking why cant my OS do this?' I mean until I used Ubunto (a few years back) I thought crashing/freezing and lock-ups were part of everyday usage (for Windows PC's anyway). :p

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 20:22

shuwaz,
Yes, what Ubuntu gets right is fantastic. What they get wrong...is wrong lol
I guess now a warning from our sponsor:
topic is the SGSII ;)

shuwaz  Aug. 23, 2011 at 00:07

Right i'm going to start a new discussion on Ubunto as I would be interested in hearing what you think is wrong with it. For a free OS surely (most of) its shortcomings can be overlooked?

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 23, 2011 at 00:26

You're right. Most things are right. I use 10.10. - 64bit. All my files on separate partition. I have my personalised setup backed up with remastersys. Perfect :D

Mind you: only ever had to restore once.

namira  Nov. 21, 2012 at 20:27

where i can find activation code for samsung galaxy s 2

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2012 at 20:28

where i can find activation code for samsung galaxy s 2

What activation code ???????????????????

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 21, 2012 at 20:42

where i can find activation code for samsung galaxy s 2
Nowhere, because such a thing doesn't exist.

Pondlife  Nov. 21, 2012 at 22:22

Check behind the sofa

Tywell  Jul. 26, 2013 at 14:54

my galaxy s2 is failing to boot.. it just shows me the android symbol and saying downloading but it aint booting. What could be the solution?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 27, 2013 at 09:35

my galaxy s2 is failing to boot.. it just shows me the android symbol and saying downloading but it aint booting. What could be the solution?

Is it rooted?
If not, when you connect it to Kies on your PC try to force a firmware recovery or update....

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