Turn off 3G?

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    I'm interesting in purchasing the 7-inch 3G model for use solely with wi-fi, so that I can take advantage of the higher-performance processor, etc. Is there any way of turning off the 3G radio entirely, while leaving the wi-fi radio on? I'd prefer not to expend battery charge on a radio that I wouldn't be using.
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    Why it big a wifi only which would be cheaper?

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    Because the 3G model has higher performance CPU and graphics processor.
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    Go find a store that has one out that you can fiddle with. Go to Home -> Settings -> Wireless & Network -> Mobile networks

    You should have a check box there that will let you turn off 3G data.
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    I tried that, but the 3G signal strength bars in the notification area didn't go away, from which I concluded that the 3G radio was still on.
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    You can go to Airplane Mode, then turn wifi back on (the 3G radio will remain off). The only drawback is that while in airplane mode, the tablet will not allow you to turn on the bluetooth radio (even though wifi can be activated from this mode). As an alternative, search the Android market for various free "My Settings" or "Quick Settings" apps which provide additional flexibility (i.e., one touch settings access from the notification bar and settings widgets) and depth of functionality vs. the stock "Settings" service (for which all you can do is turn off 3G data comms, but not the actual radio itself) and which may allow you to selectively turn the 3G radio. I have not done an exhaustive search for such an app that works on my Galaxy tab, but assume that they do exist out there (because I've found them for other android devices).
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    why not get a nook color instead-with cm7 at 1.3 ghz it is much snappier than galaxy. but you do lose the cameras

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    And the GPS. And the bluetooth. And the native Samsung multimedia apps. Seriously...please don't tell me you are suggesting the OP get a new and less capable device and hack it solely because he is trying to figure out a way to squeeze some more of the more than generous battery life out of his existing device. Pretty much makes no sense whatsoever...

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    Okay, here's my latest. The Airplane On, Wi-Fi On trick worked on the store display model. I bought a 3G and took it home, intending not to activate the 3G account at all. But the Tab won't let me get past the opening Activation screen to just use it on wi-fi. Any way around this?
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    To get help on activation bypass methods, readers need to know your carrier since the process varies amongst the wireless carriers. Alternatively, you can search the forum to see if activation bypass instructions have been posted for your specific carrier's device.

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    I can turn off 3G and not incur data usage. Hold the power button and select "data network mode"totoggle data mode on or off.

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    ....the 3G signal strength bars still show strength but you're not using data via your carrier.

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    The Tab I'm trying to use without activation is a Verizon device.
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    Yeah, went through this earlier in the thread. The OP's objective is not just to suspend data services, but to also shut off the 3G radio to preserve the battery. At this point, going to airplane mode then turning on the WiFi radio accomplishes the objective, but now the OP needs to know how to bypass the Verizon activation screen since he wants to use the tab only in WIFI mode.
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    You also lose the microphone as well.

    Why spend more money on Nook and have to screw with it to make it INTO a Tab, when you can buy a Tab cheaper than a Nook and have it do all you want it to do?

    It's like buying a skateboard and turning it into a car for $10,000 when you can buy a car for $5,000.

    SGT Refurb $99 3G TMO
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    Really? $99 + 24 months at $20 (1GB plan) = $580 yeah that's really cheap- and i would guess you're not a business major - and that's assuming you can find a $99 offer -

    at only $200 (via craiglist), i use my nook for browsing, reading, watching videos, watch netflix, playing games, texting, social networking - don't miss or need the mic, gps or camera at all and at 1.3GHz my nook runs circles around my SGT 7 inch (but my google IO runs circles around both of these)

    oh and if i want to use gps, i can use my phone to send the signal over to the nook via bluetooth gps

    so the question really is - is mic and camera worth $380 to you?

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    Can you take the sim out?
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    With no 3G why would there be a monthly charge? I bought mine outright and have no ongoing payments. Wifi only means not using the phone network or paying for it.
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    yeah but not $99 which is the point the poster was making - but if it is $99 for wifi , please send me the link coz I'll pick one up myself

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    not being the person who said 99 I don't have the link, the lowest price I have seen is $299 AUD.

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