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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bldgengineer, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. bldgengineer

    bldgengineer Android Enthusiast
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    I have a quick question for you guys. I'm just wondering if I could still use my phone for wifi use like browsing, downloading, etc, once I pick up my new phone and my X is no longer on the network?

    I want to keep my X for rooting and having some fun with it.
     



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  2. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
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    bldgengineer,

    You betcha, you can! :)

    I've got an HTC Droid Eris I've been doing exactly that for the last year (along with some fun, evil root-related experiements :eek: :D :)).

    After you deactivate it, you'll probably want to put it in airplane mode before turning wi-fi back on to keep the cell radio from draining your battery looking for a connection.

    What new phone are you getting (Bionic perhaps)?

    Cheers!
     
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  3. bldgengineer

    bldgengineer Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Sweet Thanks!!!

    I haven't quite made up my mind yet. I'm off contract but I'm looking at the Prime, Vigor, and Bionic as possible candidates. If the Prime is indeed coming shortly after Vigor, I may just go ahead and get that but if its well into thanksgiving/christmas time than I'll pick Vigor or Bionic as I just can't wait that long lol
     
  4. Doit2it

    Doit2it Android Expert

    Wouldn't hurt to shut off 3G data too:
    Settings / Battery & data manager / Data delivery / uncheck roaming and enabled

    I did this on a recent trip to Canada as not to incur Verizon's outrageous 3G roaming charges. Not sure if it actually shuts down the radio or not. Couldn't hurt since you won't be using 3G on the deviceanymore.

    I do know the widget Dazzle can get you to a maintenance screen where you can turn the cell radio off. I know there's a service code to get you to that screen, I just don't remember it.
    In Dazzle setup, enable Cellular Radio. On widget, press the Cell Radio button, scroll to bottom of the service page, press Turn Off Radio button. Back to exit. Voila!
     
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  5. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
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    Great tip, Doit2it!

    Thanks for that :).

    There's also a script that CondemnedSoul wrote and posted over on XDA for disabling the radio, but allowing wi-fi to still work:

    [Script] WiFi Only (great for inactive devices) - xda-developers

    It might do the same thing that you mentioned above and is supposed to work on all Android devices.

    Cheers!
     
  6. colchiro

    colchiro Extreme Android User

    Moved to tips. :D
     
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  7. tdgobux

    tdgobux Newbie

    I'm in the same boat - just upgraded to the LG Revolution and was going to sell the Dx on swappa, but i was going to see if it was orthwhile using similar to what i did with an old iphone - it became a decent ipod.

    i am in the process of setting up - without root yet.
    Question - can one use google voice and/or text messaging or is the network needed for it?
     
  8. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary
    Moderator

    I think Google Voice will work okay on wi-fi (I think that was the whole point behind it, LOL).

    Also, you can send and received texts via Google Voice, too:

    Exchanging text messages - Google Mobile Help

    I'm sure there's lots of other wi-fi based texting apps (at least there were when I did a quick Market search).

    Cheers and good luck!
     
  9. Lars

    Lars Android Expert

    Yea and use Fring, Tango or skype to make calls.
     

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