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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by somanyapps, May 28, 2011.

  1. somanyapps

    somanyapps Well-Known Member
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    I read an article that talked about turning off the "data feature" if you won't be using the phone for awhile, and don't have an unlimited data plan. I'm not sure I understand. Does that mean simply disabling any sort of network capability, or is there some other feature that should be "unchecked." Of course, not sure what was meant by "won't be using the phone for awhile." Do they mean turn it off when you're not actually using it?

    Regarding the GPS. I know there was concern that the GPS (was it only on some phones) was sending location data to the carrier without the owner of the phone knowing about it. Is there some sort of tweak or setting I should be looking at to prevent that from happening, assuming it is even an issue?


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  2. LukeOlson

    LukeOlson Well-Known Member

    Regarding mobile data, you can disable it by pressing and holding on the power button, then selecting Data network mode. This doesn't disable all network connectivity, just 2G/3G/4G. (Wi-fi still works.) The reason you might want to do this when you're not actively using your phone is because lots of different apps constantly run in the background, gobbling through your 200mb of data (like Gmail, Email, account syncing, etc.). I noticed that when I didn't actively turn off the mobile data as described above, I'd get very close to the 200mb every month, without doing much web browsing, etc. Now, I just have it turned off unless I really need it, at which point I temporarily turn it on.
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  3. somanyapps

    somanyapps Well-Known Member
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    Great. Thanks for the reply. I did as you describe. I know it does not affect phone calls, but I assume it would affect things like email? If someone sent me an email I would not receive it until I turned data mode back on?
  4. LukeOlson

    LukeOlson Well-Known Member

    If you're not connected to wi-fi, then yes, it would prevent you from getting emails.
  5. togethersjg

    togethersjg Guest

    Haven't had the phone enough to know the answer ------ do understand that manually activating wifi will by default deactivate cellualr data but will leaving a wifi signal automatically turn on the cellular data function?
  6. LukeOlson

    LukeOlson Well-Known Member

    Actually, when you use wifi, it doesn't automatically turn off cellular data... You might still see the "3G" or "H" or "H+" icon pop up every once in awhile, even when you're connected to wifi (like when you're downloading an MMS).

    However, for most internet activity, your phone will prefer wifi to cellular data, and yes, when you leave wifi, it will automatically go back to using cellular data (unless you've switched cellular data off using the method above).
  7. togethersjg

    togethersjg Guest

    Thanks. Understood. That would also imply that manually turning the wifi capability back on once you're on your home network is an ongoing activity.

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