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Wifi when out of cell service (in Haiti)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by reburns, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. reburns

    reburns Active Member
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    Howdy,

    I'm heading out to Haiti next week to volunteer with the earthquake relief effort. The NGO base where I'll be camping will have WiFi for a couple hours a day. I don't want to lug a laptop down there but want to stay connected to email. Do you know if there's any issue using WiFi without cell service?

    I don't have a desire to be using the cell phone service while I'm there; email will be enough.

    Info on my project can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/yjl7tff
     

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  2. JackT

    JackT Well-Known Member
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    I just had to do this and it worked fine. I had no cell service, but I did use WiFi. I do wish that you could disable the cell network and only use WiFi. I was worried that the constant searching for cell towers was draining by battery.
     
  3. az_r2d1

    az_r2d1 Well-Known Member
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    You can. Switch to airplane mode, then switch on wifi in the widget.
    There another way where you have to put in a code and get into some system menu that lets you switch off the radio.
     
  4. Lomallin

    Lomallin Well-Known Member
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    az_r2d1, are you referring to the following code:
    *#*#4636#*#*

    Please Note: This section of the phone should not be modified without knowledge of what setting you are changing and it's effects.
    This would be put in as if you were going to dial a call out.
     
  5. JackT

    JackT Well-Known Member
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    I like the Airplane mode and Wifi on setting. I never tried that. That is really cool that it works.
     
  6. JackT

    JackT Well-Known Member
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    When I tried the airplane setting with the wifi widget on, my wireless network still doesn't work. It looks like airplane mode kills all communications.
     
  7. az_r2d1

    az_r2d1 Well-Known Member
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    correct.
     
  8. oceanlight

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    hm, works for me...
     
  9. wsbsteven

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    It's because he did it wrong. Notice he says "turned on airplane mode with wireless on" which is not the way to do it. The correct way is to "Switch to airplane mode, then switch on wifi in the widget" as was said earlier.
     
  10. JackT

    JackT Well-Known Member
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    Thanks for the correction. Works like a charm now.
     

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