Do Android tablets require a phone activation?
I've been told they do and I've been told they don't. My understanding is that they only require phone activation if you want to access the internet in places without wifi that you can connect to, if that makes any sense. I ordered one (it has not arrived yet) to use primarily for reading ebooks, since the tablet was less expensive than even the cheapest Kindle I could find. I understand that I will need an internet connection to download my books, but I have a service at home that I can use (I also use it for my iPod).
Would I need a phone activation for this?
The only ones that might require some kind of activation on a phone network are ones that include 3G/4G capability.
Wifi-only tablets do not require any kind of phone activation.
However, all Android tablets do require you to enter your Google account info when you first set them up (or require you to create an account if you don't have one). But that's done over the Internet and doesn't require a phone either (unless you have configured your Google account to use 2-factor authentication, which is not the default).
No, they do not need phone activation. You can use a carrier released Tablet (AT&T, Verizon, etc) without using any sim card or 3G/4G/LTE network. You can use a tablet just on wifi.
Tablets that are 3G/4G capable do not need phone activation or any activation. I currently use two tablets that came from Verizon Wireless but have never activated them. I only use them on wifi.
If it is a wifi version, no phone activation is required. I am using Android Nexus 7 WiFi, no phone activation is needed.
But if it is a 3G version, I am afraid you have to offer your 3G access number (I wonder whether it refers to phone activation).