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  1. stgermaine

    stgermaine Member
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    Hi

    I don't have a data plan so I use wifi. I can browse the internet without any problem. However, when I try to use the market/Gmail/apps that use the internet, it states that the internet cannot be accessed.

    please help

    Thank you
     

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  2. BookLover

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    Gmail & Market need background sync which need a mobile data connection.
     
  3. stgermaine

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    as in I need 3G in order to use gmail and market?
     
  4. stgermaine

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    Any guides out there for using your Android phone (I have a LG GT540 BTW) on a WiFi network only and not 3G?
     
  5. Szadzik

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    None that I have heard/ read of. The only thing I can advise you though, is to try and see if there is really no way of getting a data plan as using an Android device without one is a bit pointless. All the Internet and e-mail on the go become completely untrue.
     
  6. scottishrob79

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    Really, mine works fine over wifi
     
  7. BookLover

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    And you don't have a 3g connection? You have never connected to 3g even to set up your phone? Background sync is turned on by default. Did you deliberately turn that off before you first connected to the Market?

    Try this out...turn off background sync and try to get into the Market. You won't be able to get in.
     
  8. scottishrob79

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    I know you need the background sync, what I mean is I can use the market and gmail with no problems over wifi. I turn off the mobile connection when I use wifi
     
  9. XboxOmac

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    Androids are pretty useless without a data connection.
     
  10. nomarsgirl

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    I know when I first got my phone, it was Christmas Day and I wasn't able to activate it right away. I was able to download apps from the market over wifi and set up my g-mail with no problems. I do have a data plan since my provider requires one, but it was not activated then.
     
  11. stgermaine

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    What's the background sync?
    How do I turn it on/off? I just selected the option for 2G networks only and turned wifi on. Browser and youtube works
     
  12. stgermaine

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    goddamn it its not working...help
     
  13. BookLover

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    Background sync needs to be on to connect to the market. It will use wifi to download if you are connected to wifi. But initial connection to background sync needs mobile data AFAIK.
     
  14. stgermaine

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    For background sync, i need to use 3G? gahh why can I use wifi this was so much easier on Symbian
     
  15. sahil04

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    Not at all, you have all the features using Wi-Fi that you would with a data plan so someone that is in a Wi-Fi area 90% of the day wouldn't benefit much from a data plan.

    Now blackberries, those are useless without a data plan.
     
  16. stgermaine

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    I've tried all the options. It's still not working. Is this something wrong with my phone/software?
     
  17. SlowRain

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    I don't have a data plan and I'm able to set up Gmail and access the Market just fine now, but initially I couldn't. I think I had to go into Accounts and Sync in the Settings menu and select background sync and auto-sync, as well as set up my Google account on the phone. I'm able to access everything over WiFi. I just checked how much I still have one my prepaid card and it doesn't look like my phone has chewed into that whatsoever. Don't listen to the people saying an Android phone is useless/pointless without a data plan. It's plenty useful; plenty practical, too.
     
  18. scottishrob79

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    I do have background sync on when in the market, but as I previously said, when I use wifi, I have the 3g connection off
     
  19. BookLover

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    Make sure Background Data is on. Make sure you connected to 3g. Open the Market. Can you access or do you get an error msg?
     
  20. stgermaine

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    I have no idea what I did but today it started working...hopefully it will stay that way

    Anyway thank you everyone for your advice
     
  21. BookLover

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    That's great news! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
     
  22. sonspot

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    I have no Idea where some of you guys are getting your in from, I've never had a data plan with my phone (3g is part of the network not a plan), I turn off 3g so that I dont get change for mms when friends sent me pics, wifi should get you anything a data plan would or could,.
     
  23. PinkMirrorKirby

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    Symbian... EASY!? That's a joke right? I've tried setting up my Wifi with my old Nokia N97 and it connected, but IT STILL uses my 3G Connection for Internet!
     

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