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Old June 9th, 2010, 01:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
SquareBare
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Default A question about offline use for the experts...

So I've been reading up a lot on this thing and I decided I really dig it.

For the longest time, I was hunting around for an iPod touch like device with Android that I could use offline while travelling and check email and stuff later when I got to a wifi hub. The streak seems just perfect for what I want.

My question to you guys: Is it feasible to use the streak or any other Android completely offline for this purpose?

I know there are Apps that cache satnav maps and allow you to navigate totally without 3G data. I also know that some other apps will require you to have an internet connection to use them, but do lots of them require this?

Also, I looked up the QWERT text only plan and saw that it works on any unlocked GSM phone! So 400 texts / month for fractions of what verizon or AT&T charges works for me.

See, my company provides a cellphone, but they are on verizon and I don't think they will be getting me a HTC incredible anytime soon. So I was looking at this to complement my free phone access when I have to travel.

Also why is it that major carriers force you to have a 3G plan on their smartphones? Is it a technical reason? Or are they just being greedy?

Any insight you guys have on running the phone off the grid would be appriceated! Thank you.
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