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Support Looking to buy magic, some issues, please help if you can :)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mikemaxwell, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. mikemaxwell

    mikemaxwell New Member
    Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2009
    hello all.

    i am considering buying the magic, but a few questions, and if some one could help that would be fantastic.
    i am looking to buy the device here in japan from DoCoMo, as they are the only ones offering it.

    so the main questions are;

    1) can the gps reciever work without accessing the 3g network for internet service? ie, is there an app that will force it to work as a stand alone gps reciever to work with google maps. ie, no cost.

    2) are there options to set the device to choose from wireless networks using the wifi reciever as opposed to using the internet through the service provider when and if possible??

    the way it works here is in japan, i have to subscribe to a service called mopera for all internet related things. so, for my messaging system, it will be an email address that is linked to my phone. in japan thats how messaging works, its all email addresses. there is no sms. anyways, there is a cost for this dependant on how much is written. so both messaging and accessing the net drive up data packets, and thus cost, which i want to avoid. that being the case i will primarly be using my gmail address, and would like it to only send messages through wifi, free, and was just wondering if there were settings or functions to force it to only send messages when connected via wifi, and not to just send the message through the carriers internet access when i press send or something.

    if anyone can help with this that would be great. everything else on the device looks fine and what i need.

    maybe if someone knows though, how is viewing pdf files on the device? do you have to scroll at all to read from side to side??? that would be very good to know.

    ok cool, thank you everyone for the input, MUCH appreciated!!


  2. stevejeffers

    stevejeffers New Member

    Oct 13, 2009

    1) The GPS can work on its own without the need for the a 3g data connection. You will notice however that the phone takes longer to pick up a satellite fix as the phone has the ability to use the 3g connection in order to give a rough GPS fix making it quicker to locate satellites

    2) Not 100% sure what you are asking here but when you have WiFi turned on the connection will always go through the wifi and not through your service provider. There are also ways of changing your APN settings so that the phone will never be able to use the service provider data connection.

    3) With PDF files, I havent had a lot of luck in finding a decent app to view them however viewing word/excel docs etc is fine on the phone, there is some scrolling required though.

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