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Master Geek

# 237569 8-Jun-2018 10:20
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Hey Everyone, So been a while coming and finally found the phone that suits me best and upgraded after so many years of using Symbian/Nokia. So its a Mate 10. All nice and dandy. Now I am a tech dinosaur in a way, have installed most of the apps I need including offline maps and all that. Now I love that the phone has emails, great access to the internetz, I can skype, whatsapp, access my bank and all that when I need to, all that cool stuff. I dont need constant updates about my emails, weather and I dont use facebook or anything.


But mostly I just use my phone for Calls, Text and Maybe as a Music player in my car or when I am in the Gym doing activities. So dont really use mobile data and wifi much at all. So what would be the best settings for an offline dominant user like myself, you know so the phone is not always connected to the internet or using up mobile data? So that it only connects when I allow or want it to.


So it doesn't pester me about connecting online. You know If it can get any info from the Network providewr then thats alright (does weather work without data by the way?) anything else is not needed



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  # 2031957 8-Jun-2018 10:28
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How much data do you get per month / 28 days you might not even need to disable mobile data and I take it you have Wi-Fi at home?


Set the email client to manual check so it's not always checking for new email



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Master Geek

  # 2031960 8-Jun-2018 10:32
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Yea I have wifi at home, the phone is on a vodafone prepaid plan (pay an go) casual rates of calls, data and txt, I just top up and leave it for months. Its just a personal phone i carry around so yea, not sure how much data i am allowed, likely have to pay per mb or something.


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Master Geek

  # 2031972 8-Jun-2018 10:43
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Also my mobile supports dual sim, so maybe I can also put in a werehouse sim in there since they seem to have the lowest everyday rates for data etc?

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  # 2032002 8-Jun-2018 11:12
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Using the Vodafone App you can purchase cheap mobile data on Pay & Go under the fantastic Friday offers


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Ultimate Geek

  # 2032016 8-Jun-2018 11:28
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My wife (and daughter) turn mobile data off.


It automatically connects to Wi-Fi that it knows and just updates then.


Once you  add Wi-Fi spots to your phone (eg work/ Gym/ Home) it will either connect automatically.
If your are near free Wi-Fi spot your phone should give you a notification (can be a silent notification) that free Wi-Fi is available so you can connect as required.


If you have Spotify premium you can download tracks to play offline so that will sort music (assuming you don't just have files on your phone)


Personally for you I'd start with the mobile data turned off and see how often you feel the need to turn it on.


Alternatively sign up for a cheap plan (they start at $9 [or less] or so month) on a casual basis and see how much data you actually end up using.


After a month you can make an informed choice on what you want to do.


As suggested the cheap Vodafone offers may work for you - but probably they will add up to $9 a month anyway.


PS warehouse mobile is a good deal, but does require a $10 top-up spend every 3 months so there is an on-going cost for the sim.




Edit: PPS Weather needs Data, but google can update via wifi and will tell the most recent info it has via google now when offline

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  # 2032023 8-Jun-2018 11:44
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If you don't need data just turn off mobile data and WiFi and make sure nothing is set to poll like email clients. Turn it on when you want to check email / get updated weather / etc. I do this when I'm not using my phone to reduce battery usage.

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  # 2032397 8-Jun-2018 23:48
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Maybe you wanna try the app called Tasker? By setting up a series of profiles, only the app currently opened can use data ie when tap Gmail, Gmail opens, can use data to sync. Data disconnected when quit or phone locked.

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