Cricket Wireless Microsoft Lumia 640--Need to activate?

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I'm thinking of getting my daughter an upgraded Microsoft phone to use as media device only (no talk/texting.)  She has an ATT Go Phone (425?--> Update: 520) that we didn't need to activate for her to use.

The Cricket Wireless Lumia 640, iscurrently at best buy for $30, and seemed to be fairly popular according to the posting: here 

-Were people able to use the device without activating for apps, internet, etc?
-Can this phone be upgraded to WIndows 10, is it better at 10 or no difference?
-If activation is needed, what does that involve?


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I bought the 640 that was ATT locked - not only could I use it, I could get a unlock code from ATT for use on TMo ot Intl. Win 10 is definitely betetr.

you dont need to do anything to use as a media device,,,will work on wifi to use internet..

You can use it without activating it. You can also upgrade to win 10. Ive recently done it. I would also recommend Amazon BLU R1 HD for $50. I feel like its a much better quality phone for $20 more. Theres not much apps for the window phone. Amazon phone is also unlocked so if 1 day u wanna give her an emergency phone, u can add a sim card and itll work.

The 640 is a great phone not as many apps as android but they work.

i believe you can put your ATT SIM in the cricket, and your all set.

29.99 at best buy YMMV

Thanks for the feed back. I did purchase and had no problem using w/o activation. The phone updated to "8.1 update 1" or something like that, but wouldn't updated to W10 (potentially not yet pushed by Cricket?). I ended up signing up for "Windows Insiders Preview", and once I did that I was able to update/install W10.

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