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Old September 22nd, 2011, 03:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going on holiday next month, and I dont want any nasty surprises when I see my bill due to background apps unknowingly using data when I'm abroad.

Is deactivating "Data network mode" via the power button the one-stop be all and end all way to do this?

Reason I ask is I seem to remember some settings in one or two apps (I cant remember which ) to disable syncing/retreiving etc when roaming. Will I need to make sure these are also set? If so, can you point me in the right direction where these settings are, as I cant find them anywhere any more!

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You have a couple of options
- If your provider offers any roaming data bundles at a good price, they're seriously worth considering (vodafone do 2/day 25MB Europe, 5/day 25MB outside) - with this done you can use data (carefully)
- the option you describe does seem to work fine to prevent all cell data
- settings->wireless and networks->mobile networks, gives you option to enable/disable packet data (same as the button you describe), but also switch data roaming on/off. Unless you're on 3 in the UK, you can disable just roaming
- there are apps -- my favourite is "3G watchdog" with "APNDroid" which can monitor usage and auto-cutoff the connection when you hit a limit. Mostly useful in conjunction with the roaming data package (the option I used on holiday_

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Would... Settings > Wireless and network > Mobile networks > Data roaming (untick)... solve your problem?
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Would... Settings > Wireless and network > Mobile networks > Data roaming (untick)... solve your problem?
Seen that one, and I've never put it on.
So with this unticked alone would this avoid any background tasks incurring charges abroad?
How would this differ from the deactivating "data network mode"? I suppose doing this would prevent me from receiving MMS.
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It's the same as the feature in your Power Button mod.

No MMS's I'm afraid.
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Cheers butty.
But its not a power button mod. That option is standard.
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But its not a power button mod. That option is standard.
Sorry mate... it's so long since I used stock firmware (day 1 to be precise) that I've forgotten what it looks like.
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hi,
out of curiosity, did unticking 'data roaming' in settings work for you? I only ask as I have it unticked and yet everytime i cross the border (i live in northern ireland but my parents live in southern ireland - i live close to the border) i get charged 2 for data roaming. i often stay whole weekends at my parents so it ends up costing me 8 in total and im not even using my phone for anything but texts so it is costly. I have a htc wildfire s, have data roaming unticked and even have mobile network unticked so that i only ever connect via wifi and yet still this has not solved my problem!! can anyone help? at this rate i will have to turn my phone off anytime i cross the border! (in fact as i live so close to the border i often lose the uk signal and inadvertently pick up the irish signal so because of this i have to set connect network to manual which means i often have no signal at all). Unhappy.com!
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Setting the phone to WCDMA only will make the phone only allow data when it's on 3G/H/H+

Although I think this will give you less call/sms coverage as the more rural areas tend to rely on GSM, which is where Edge data downloads lurk. Using Australia for reference.
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