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Old April 23rd, 2011, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can I get a G1 and use it on t-mobile w/no data plan?

I have been using a windows smartphone on Tmoblie's prepay plan that doesn't have data. I eventually got everything to work, including the GPS, wifi, etc... without any data charges. (I was on the $15/mo plan with unlimited texting and 10cents/min phone).

that phone died so I'm shopping for a replacement and I'm wondering about the G1. I imagine some people are already doing this - using the G1 on tmobile with no data plan.

I'm wondering if I'm going to run into a lot of hurdles or if this will be pretty easy to do. I see some used G1 phones on ebay and I was thinking I should be able to buy one and just take my SIM card and stick it in there. Is it going to be that easy?

One thing in particular I'm concerned about is the GPS. I know Google maps comes on this phone but I don't like Google Maps because it requires a data or wifi connection. On my other phone I installed Garmin Mobile which worked great without a data connection (becase all the map files were installed on my phone). If I get the G1 will I be able to disable Google maps and install something like Garmin?

Any advice or tips will be much appreciated!

-gary in vermont

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Old May 16th, 2011, 10:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Gary,

I don't see any problems with not using data, simply switch it off in the settings. I rarely use data on my phone as I am usually within WIFI range when I am at home or work.

I use an app called MM Tracker which uses GPS and reads 'QCT' maps that are saved to the sd card rather than downloading them

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