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Old May 29th, 2014, 08:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question turn off data and use WiFi

I am currently using an unlocked nokia n8 and I am able to turn off data and use
Wi-Fi only. Can I do this on the galaxy s4 unlocked?

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Old May 29th, 2014, 09:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello and welcome to the forums. Yes you can and most of us do this when the phone is turned off aka didn't pay the phone bill.
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Thanks for the welcome I am fairly new to the smart phone technology. It may seem like a foolish question to someone with your knowledge but I really don't know the answer. I like being able to use my phone and check the internet or my e-mails when I'm on my home network or a Wi Fi hotspot. I see no need to pay for a internet data plan if I don't need to, the problem is nobody seems to be able to give me an answer about the s4. ultimately I would like to put my current sim into the galaxy like I did my last phone
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Moved into the Galaxy s4 forum.

Btw, as long as your connected to WiFi, carrier data won't be used regardless

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As I'm sure other people will mention, there are about a zillion variations of the S4 on the market, so it's hard to give an answer across the board.

That said, my S4 settings have a perfectly good "Mobile data" checkbox. Uncheck the box and mobile data is off. (This is something I tend to use regularly when I'm out of the country and don't want to pay Verizon's crazy international data roaming rates.)
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Moved into the Galaxy s4 forum.

Btw, as long as your connected to WiFi, carrier data won't be used regardless

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This helped me. I wondered if wifi would override data.
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This helped me. I wondered if wifi would override data.
Correct.

As long as your connected to WiFi, your mobile data is temporarily disabled until you lose WiFi connection.
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As I'm sure other people will mention, there are about a zillion variations of the S4 on the market, so it's hard to give an answer across the board.

That said, my S4 settings have a perfectly good "Mobile data" checkbox. Uncheck the box and mobile data is off. (This is something I tend to use regularly when I'm out of the country and don't want to pay Verizon's crazy international data roaming rates.)
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As I'm sure other people will mention, there are about a zillion variations of the S4 on the market, so it's hard to give an answer across the board.

That said, my S4 settings have a perfectly good "Mobile data" checkbox. Uncheck the box and mobile data is off. (This is something I tend to use regularly when I'm out of the country and don't want to pay Verizon's crazy international data roaming rates.)
Btw, which model do you have?
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I was not aware there were different versions. I can see I'm going to learn a lot here.
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I was not aware there were different versions. I can see I'm going to learn a lot here.
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Yes there are many S4 variants. To help us, help you in future it is very useful to know and preferably post your model number in your profile so it displays with every post. Go to settings>General>About device and the model number is there.
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Not on a WiFi . I had this with the carrier. Put in airplane mode and put just WiFi on
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However, if you want to send/receive MMS messages, you will have to enable mobile data. That will not go out over wifi.
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However, if you want to send/receive MMS messages, you will have to enable mobile data. That will not go out over wifi.
There is no need to worry about any of this.

If you have a wifi signal, data will go out over wifi not the 3G connection. Phone calls and SMS/MMS will obviously be sent over 3G regardless of any wifi connection. All of this happens automatically with no user intervention required.
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There is no need to worry about any of this.

If you have a wifi signal, data will go out over wifi not the 3G connection. Phone calls and SMS/MMS will obviously be sent over 3G regardless of any wifi connection. All of this happens automatically with no user intervention required.
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Btw, which model do you have?
Me? I'm on SCH-1545 (standard US Verizon model).
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There is no need to worry about any of this.

If you have a wifi signal, data will go out over wifi not the 3G connection. Phone calls and SMS/MMS will obviously be sent over 3G regardless of any wifi connection. All of this happens automatically with no user intervention required.
There is cause for concern if you disable mobile data and depend on wifi alone for messaging.

Early on in my Android experience, I was overly aggressive trying to conserve battery power and used an app (Juice Defender, iirc) to turn off various services (including mobile data). I had lots of issues sending/receiving MMS because of that. At the time, I did not know that MMS requires mobile data.
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Me? I'm on SCH-1545 (standard US Verizon model).
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There is cause for concern if you disable mobile data and depend on wifi alone for messaging.

Early on in my Android experience, I was overly aggressive trying to conserve battery power and used an app (Juice Defender, iirc) to turn off various services (including mobile data). I had lots of issues sending/receiving MMS because of that. At the time, I did not know that MMS requires mobile data.
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There is cause for concern if you disable mobile data and depend on wifi alone for messaging.
Which is precisely why my advice is to do nothing. Everything will then work as it should with all messages being received/sent and mobile data only being used when no wifi is available.
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Which is precisely why my advice is to do nothing. Everything will then work as it should with all messages being received/sent and mobile data only being used when no wifi is available.
Agreed... except that the OP wants to shut off mobile data... ergo my warning of a possible consequence in so doing. Don't expect MMS to work if only using wifi.
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I may be ... no, scratch that, I probably am ... completely and utterly mistaken about this, but I tend to think of the smartphone as having three ways of communicating with the world: as a mobile phone, as a wi-fi device, and as a nifty internet appliance.

Turn off Mobile Data (which I do when abroad), and it will still function as a mobile phone. Even with wi-fi off, it will connect to whatever network it can find and do phone things, but my carrier (VZW) will only be charging me their (somewhat extortionate) international phone-stuff rates, and not their (actually extortionate) international data rates.

Text Messages fall under the heading of Mobile Phone Stuff. Meaning that when Mobile Data is off, you won't be charged for Mobile Data usage when sending/receiving texts. (Indeed, they have special rates for text messages when abroad.)

Now, everyone on this thread saying that the phone will actually be using 3G when sending messages is likely right (I don't know any different) -- but I think that's in the same way that the phone will also be using 3G to make calls. It's just grabbing the nearest network and doing its (phone) thing. The important thing is that when Mobile Data is off, your phone (1) is not functioning as a nifty internet appliance (unless it can be doing so via wi-fi); and (2) you aren't being charged for mobile data.

I confess a certain amount of uncertainty when we're talking MMS as opposed to SMS for the messages. My recollection (which I'd put at about 80% accuracy) is that when my Mobile Data is off, my phone will not process a text message sent with a photo embedded. Nor will that process over Wi-Fi. (My experience with this ended with me texting the message sender and telling them to send the damn photo as an email attachment instead, which I could then download over Wi-Fi.)
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Adara, I can't speak for operations abroad, but here in the USA, your assessment is essentially correct:
https://community.verizonwireless.com/thread/818232

According to this link, calls and SMS go over 1x. MMS (picture messages and group messages) go over 3g/4g. Wifi is for data only, not voice calls or SMS/MMS. Or that's what I get out of it.

I assume it works the same on AT&T, TMo and Sprint too.

I have no idea if/how VoLTE will affect that dynamic.
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I'm with you speedlever - your comment was reasonable and didn't deserve to be quoted in a disagreeing manner. In the end you guys all agree so... no disagreeement.
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Btw, as long as your connected to WiFi, carrier data won't be used regardless

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I've had my s4 i9500 for a week or two now. On my OS I can simply un-check data and it does exactly what I had hoped it would do, only connect using Wi-Fi and no data charges on my bill. Using 4.2.2 jellybean.
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