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    Samsung Galaxy S - advice

    I just got one, for free. [I know a guy...]

    So, what settings/apps do I need to get/sort out? I've turned off a lot of the data settings, so I [hopefully] won't get hit with a massive bill.

    Also, I'm on pay-as-you-go. Not contract.
    Last edited by X-13; 20th September 2012 at 06:20 PM.

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    Turn airplane mode on whilst out and about unless you are expecting calls or texts. Turn off all auto updates in Google play store. That way apps will only update when you check or its connected to wifi

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    Whilst airplane mode will reduce your data consumption it's a bit of a daft suggestion for normal use of a phone really.

    Can you get a data add on with your provider?

    Ben
    Last edited by plexer; 20th September 2012 at 07:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Can you get a data add on with your provider?

    Ben
    I think so, I'm looking things up but they aren't making it easy.

    ATM, it'll cost me 50p per day for 25MB, then £2 per MB after that.

    At first I was all "WTF!" then I worked it out and it may be more than enough.

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    I have a Galaxy S3 and I am with the 3 network I am not on contract but I pay £15 a month on a 30 day rolling contract, I get unlimited data, and believe me I have tethered my laptop and streamed Iplayer, footy matches and downloaded loads and I have had no problems.

    I get 300 mins talk and 600 txts but I don't use either of these to the point that I worry it was for the data. I don't know what there coverage is like in your area but I think this deal is fantastic, plus I don't have to worry about using too much data

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    Quote Originally Posted by edie209 View Post
    I have a Galaxy S3 and I am with the 3 network I am not on contract but I pay £15 a month on a 30 day rolling contract, I get unlimited data, and believe me I have tethered my laptop and streamed Iplayer, footy matches and downloaded loads and I have had no problems.

    I get 300 mins talk and 600 txts but I don't use either of these to the point that I worry it was for the data. I don't know what there coverage is like in your area but I think this deal is fantastic, plus I don't have to worry about using too much data
    That sounds cool, but I have WiFi at home. ATM I'm checking settings to only go online using WiFi.

    I've turned off data roaming, and set the mobile network to MMS only.

    Plus, I've turned off auto sync and background data. And set Samsung apps to WiFi only. [I'm not 100% on what that does...]

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    Bumping for the morning crowd.

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    Install custom firmware like cyanaogenMod. Gets rid off all unnecessary bloat and unwanted programs phoning home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    Install custom firmware like cyanaogenMod. Gets rid off all unnecessary bloat and unwanted programs phoning home.
    This is correct!

    Get the new Jelly Bean ROM on your phone! If you want me to PM details, let me know

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    If you want me to PM details, let me know
    Yes.

    ATM I have:

    Firmware: 2.3.6
    Build: Gingerbread.xxjw4

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    This is correct!

    Get the new Jelly Bean ROM on your phone! If you want me to PM details, let me know
    I'd like the details as well if you don't mind

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    [ROM] Helly_Bean [4.1.1], based on sources of cm10, 09/11 also for i9000b - xda-developers

    This is the place to go for everything Jelly Bean.

    There are regular updates to the OS, and the dev is more than happy to chat about it. There are loads of people to talk you through the install.

    Currently, I have a "test" build on my S, but you would never know. It works perfectly! No lag, 240dpi, and improved throughout.

    I highly recommend rooting and installing this

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    Another benefit to installing a Jelly Bean ROM, is that updates for apps downloaded through the Play Store are significantly smaller.

    www.androidpolice.com/2012/08/16/google-flips-the-switch-on-smart-app-updates-in-the-play-store-video/

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    Turn airplane mode on whilst out and about unless you are expecting calls or texts. Turn off all auto updates in Google play store. That way apps will only update when you check or its connected to wifi
    If you turn the phone off the battery will last much longer too. I get ~ 4 years of standby on mine just by following this one tip.

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    I've upgraded to cyangenomod 9.1.0, which was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

    Although, I did manage to get my phone stuck in a boot loop…

    It's nice. But took some getting used to.

    Le edit: Jesus christ... 125mb of data used already today. If this wasn't on wifi I'd now have a £200 bill. This is not cool.
    Last edited by X-13; 23rd September 2012 at 08:58 PM.

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