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Old June 22nd, 2011, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had my phone for a week now and am finally getting things set up the way I want. As a newbie, I know just about enough to be dangerous.
I've been using WIFI with no problems. Now I need to comprehend 3G.
I'm on the AT&T network and have the 200MB data plan.

1. How do I turn it on or enable it?

2. Why and when would I use it?

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I've had my phone for a week now and am finally getting things set up the way I want. As a newbie, I know just about enough to be dangerous.
I've been using WIFI with no problems. Now I need to comprehend 3G.
I'm on the AT&T network and have the 200MB data plan.

1. How do I turn it on or enable it?

2. Why and when would I use it?

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3G is a speed on the AT&T network, if you are in a 3G area it will default to it automatically. Can't really contorl off or on. When I am at work I have full 3G, at home in the country, not so much. so to answer the questions I guess:

1) It will turn itself on/off if you are in a 3G capable area it carries both voice and data

2) Not really up to you, it will be the area you are in.

Here is more detail on what it is:

3G - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Thanks Geeve.

While researching, I read many posts about disabling the feature to save data time. Also read that the wireless settings under mobile networks should include the 3G option. My phone doesn't have the option. I know that 3G is available in my area but not sure exactly where.
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While researching, I read many posts about disabling the feature to save data time. Also read that the wireless settings under mobile networks should include the 3G option. My phone doesn't have the option. I know that 3G is available in my area but not sure exactly where.
I see what you are driving at now! Take a look in the app market for a 3G Toggle, as far as I know the Captivate does not have this option from factory, but you can use 3rd party. You may be able to find one that will allow you to turn 3g off and on to control your data usage.

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Sorry, my initial inquiry was a bit broad or vague.

Through trial and error I found that turning off wifi and enabling "use packet data" enables 3G. I also downloaded the Quick Settings app which includes the on/off function for 3G, BT, etc. Now I have a better understanding of these functions.

My next app to tackle will be the GPS.
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I use SMODA Widget for turning off 3G, and an ap called "3G Watchdog" is great for keeping track of your usage.
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If you're rooted, you can also use DroidWall to control which apps can send data.

You can also use TrafficStats to track what apps are using how much data.

With the 200MB plan you're definitely going to want to manage your data usage carefully.
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If your phone is using Android 2.2 (Froyo), you don't need an app to turn 3G on/off. Press and hold the power button. This brings up the "phone options" menu. One of the choices is Data network mode. Pressing this toggles the setting between activated and deactivated.
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