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Thread: Signal strength bars before activation?

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    Signal strength bars before activation?

    I'm trying to figure out where a new phone gets a signal before I activate it, since they won't let me return it once I do. I've got a Tracfone V170 and so far it looks like no signal strength anywhere.

    Does it require activation to see the signal strength?

    Thanks!

    Donald

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    yes, it requires activation because it needs to be registered with a provider so the cell towers can see the phone. If the phone is unlocked and you have a sim card that works with the phone already activated, otherwise you need to activate the card.

    From the details of tracphone, it is pay as you go phone.

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