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How can I avoid using data while it's on?

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Cartoonguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 7, 2013 8:16 AM

Well, the obvious answer would be to just turn off data, but that doesn't work for me because it needs to be on in order to use picture messaging, so I'm wondering how I can leave data on in order to use that one function, but make sure that no other apps quietly go and use data without me knowing.  I don't actually have a data plan so even using a just a bit will cost me a lot, so that's why I want to avoid it.  For instance, could the ios choose to update apps without asking me?  Could weather get updated without me asking if I forget and leave it running in the background?

  • chattphotos Level 4 Level 4 (1,175 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    If you have iOS 7, just turn off Cellular data for the specific applications.

     

    Also, no 3rd party app will use data in the background unless it is launched (maps, pandora, etc.)

     

    Mail, iCloud, and iMessage will use data in the background though. (so turn off accordingly)

  • chattphotos Level 4 Level 4 (1,175 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 11:02 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Use Google Maps instead.

     

    There isn't an option for iCloud sync method... it just does it no matter the connection type.

     

    iMessage is like a data connection, not SMS.

     

    Have you considered a new carrier?

  • razmee209 Level 7 Level 7 (21,160 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 11:05 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    settings - cellular - use cellular data for - you can choose from there.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,855 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 11:16 AM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Subscribe to a data plan. No supported carrier permits the use of an iPhone without a data plan. If you don't have a data plan, a smartphone of any type is pointless and a waste of money. Get an iPod Touch instead.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,855 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 12:16 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    No. I wasn't being sarcastic. And the fact remains that no supported carrier permits the use of an iPhone without a data plan. If you don't want a data plan, then the iPhone is the wrong phone for you.

  • joshua274 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 12:45 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    I agree with the op just cause u have an iPhone don't mean u want a data plan some people just like the ease of use and apps on a iPhone and could care less about having a data plan. The iPhone is a perfect phone for him as wifi works just fine not everyone cares about paying up the *** for a data plan

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 12:52 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Cartoonguy wrote:

     

    Well, the obvious answer would be to just turn off data, but that doesn't work for me because it needs to be on in order to use picture messaging,

    Leave it off until you want to send picture messaging (MMS), then turn it back off.

    Are you sending that many MMS that you need to leave data on?

    If so, it would be far less expensive to get a data plan.

     

    What carrier do you have that you do not have a data plan with your iPhone?

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,855 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 2:08 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Fine, you say Bell doesn't care... then I'll take your word for it. In that case, learn to live with the limitations that places on you, like no picture messaging, or pay the price for ala-carte data use.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,330 points)
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    Oct 7, 2013 2:12 PM (in response to Cartoonguy)

    Without a plan, any use is $20 minimum, so obviously want to avoid ending up paying $20 just to send one picture

    You cannot avoid a $20 charge to send one picture (unless you send the pictures as iMessage over wifi). Picture text messages are sent as MMS, which is data. If you have a text messaging play, it usually includes MMS (which doesn't count as data).

    If you sent one picture, it would cost you $20. This covers the first 1GB of data

    Using any other data would not cost more until you hit 1GB then it is $0.05 per MB.

    -> http://www.bell.ca/Bell_Mobility_Terms_of_service#Pricing

     

    And what do you think is syncing with iCloud? Not much.

    Calendars & Contacts but only stuff that cahnges.

    Photo stream is wifi only.

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