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  1. groversdad

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    I'll be traveling in Europe soon and I don't want to run up any inadvertent data charges (I'm planning on using WiFi.)

    Is there any way to turn off the data connection? I still want to be able to make/receive phone calls.
     

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    You won't be making any calls in Europe...the Droid is only compatible with Verizon's CDMA network.

    Put the phone in airplane mode, then turn on Wifi.
     
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    Actually wi-fi will still charge you roaming, call verizon and inquire about the global packages, or just simply don't use your phone those are about your only two options i believe.

    The global packages cost about twice your current rate (I believe they're around $60 or so), but you can pro-rate them, so if you're only in Europe for a week it won't charge you for that whole month but only the time you need it.
     
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    how would wifi still charge roaming?
     
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    Hmm, I didn't know you could do that. Wouldn't it technically not be in airplane mode anymore if WiFi is enable?
     
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    It doesn't.

    Yeah, technically it wouldn't be, I guess, though now many flights are equipped with Wifi, so maybe it still is?

    Regardless, that's the only way I know of turning off the mobile network.
     
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    You CAN stop your data package if you want. I know someone who did it. If you are ok with not making calls then It makes sense i guess. Although, I think if there is wifi skype will work for you?
     
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    Skype is 3G only. They must've had this situation in mind when they released it :(

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
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    hm. that sucks. I agree, they must of known people would try that. I wonder if there will be some hacked form of skype that will work on wifi.
     
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    It shouldn't charge you for wifi. My friend put his iphone into airplane mode the whole 2 weeks we were in europe and would turn on the wifi. phone still remained in airplane mode so it should be the same for droid
     
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    thanks for the tip. i didnt know you could turn wifi back on while in airplane mode. this can come in handy because, sometimes i like to disable my phone from calls/texts, but still want access to my internet connection :D



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    Alright good to know wifi doesn't charge roaming in Europe, I believe it does though in Mexico, at least that's what my rep said
     
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    You need to find a new rep, because that one is SERIOUSLY misinformed. Wifi has absolutely nothing to do with the Verizon network, so there is no way they could charge you. Ever. Doesn't matter where you are, Verizon can't charge you for wifi.
     
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    There's an app called Extended Controls in the Market, which says it allows you to toggle data connection on and off and toggle between 2G/3G, as well as a number of other options. It looks a little like the stock Power Control widget, but with different toggle options (you're supposed to pick up to 5 to display). You could try it out and see if it works if you're still interested in toggling the data connection off.
     
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    I have used wifi in mexico and I received no charges for it. Call your rep and tell him he sucks
     
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    There is absolutely no Charges for wifi, you are not using Verizon's network
     
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    yea I know thats what I was saying
     
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    yea not only does vzw charge you for using wifi but the gps will cost extra overseas too. yea.......yea ok.



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    They cannot charge you roaming on wifi because that's a feature of the device which utilizes nothing of Verizon's. That's why you can deactivate your phone from Verizon and just use the Droid with it's wifi capabilities... like with many phones with wifi capabilities.
     
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    bingo.. no way they could get you for wifi.. just like no way you could get charged if you roamed around with a laptop and jumped on wifi signals
     
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    i checked it out ... it only has 1 comment so far ..hmmm
     

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