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Old January 24th, 2013, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Question about going on cruise and Airplane mode

Leaving for a cruise on Saturday and wanted to ask some questions...

Gf and I both have android phones (LG Viper 4G LTE and Samsung Galaxy S3) we want to take on board for use of the camera/video capture.

We won't need to make/receive calls, send/receive texts, or use the internet for anything. I was planning on just switching our phones into airplane mode as soon as we get to the port but I was wondering if that shuts off ALL connections?

I know there's some other settings for turning off mobile data but that's unnecessary in airplane mode right? Also, I have no idea what all apps have permissions to use location/data without me really knowing.

Just want to make sure we can use our phones as cameras without being charged a dime by Sprint.

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Old January 24th, 2013, 11:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes, airplane mode will turn everything off.

On many phones you can still turn WiFi on when in airplane mode if you want to, but cellular stuff is off.
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I did the same with my OV in Germany. It worked just fine as a watch/calendar/camera/wifi thing. On my phone I couldn't adjust the time but yours may be different (had no problem with my wifi only SGP and the sim-less Captivate I bought from a friend).
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Airplane mode will turn off all antennae on your phone. No WiFi, BT, cellular voice or data. I use it when I go to work. I just put my personal phone on airplane mode, so I don't get distracted by personal calls and messages and then turn it back on when I leave work.
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Like everyone else here, I use airplane mode when I'm travelling to avoid roaming charges. If there's WiFi available, I enable that when I want to use it.

Also makes your battery last for ages!

I would have thought you probably wouldn't have a signal most of the time you're on the boat, anyway.
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Personally, I'd turn off GPS while you're at it. That will extend your battery life a little, too.
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Very true - though personally, I always have GPS switched off when I'm not using it. Ditto WiFi and Bluetooth.
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You will be quite amazed on how long the battery last when data is turned off.
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Personally, I'd turn off GPS while you're at it. That will extend your battery life a little, too.
Actually it doesn't make any difference unless you run an app that uses it.

When I first got my phone I was paranoid about battery - constantly watching current drain, seeing how far I could stretch it by turning stuff off or down, and GPS stayed off unless I was going to run Maps. Then I saw people who I knew knew their stuff left it on, so I tried. And yup, it made no difference at all.

Of course if you are running apps which would use GPS if available that's a different matter. But otherwise there's no need to turn it off.
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Thanks all, I'll be switching GPS off for sure. I don't need it and I'll be paranoid that there are apps trying to use it.

Honestly I'm excited to spend 5 days without access to phone calls, texts, emails, twitter, etc. I think it will be a good experience.

Of course there will be the sports bar with TV. And my laptop with movies and TV shows. And my Zune.

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