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    Disable Cellular radio but keep Data Connection?

    Typo in Thread name i know....

    I am currently using a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but it's so expensive to keep up with the 100 dollar payment each month as a college student so I decided to take the plunge into Google Voice.

    However, i would like a fail safe before switching, some way to disable my cellular network so i can't receive calls or texts, but still get 3G and 4G LTE because i need it when im not around WiFi for Google Voice.

    I saw a couple posts about it, one referring to which connections i allow, being LTE, CDMA, and EvDo. I was told to just choose EvDo, but that option isn't there on my phone, I was wondering if there was any work around or something.

    Might also be important to say that I plan on having two separate numbers just so i can keep my carrier Verizon for the mobile network, i could care less for the cellular network.

    I keep trying to use this thing where you dial *#*#4636#*#* and change the preferred network to EvDo only but I am still getting cellular radio and data. I dont know if i am doing something wrong but I can't seem to do anything about it no matter what network i choose

    Anything at all would help. Thanks!
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    Typo fixed.

    You could either put it Airplane mode. Or go to Settings/More...(under Data usage)/Mobile networks & uncheck Data enable. Custom roms can put toggles for those in your pulldown menu. If you're not on a custom rom, there apps in the Play Store that should let you do that. I use a custom rom for the toggles, but this may help if you don't: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=toggles

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    edit: Missed the part about using data & no cell signal. That may not be possible, but it's worth a look
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJM View Post
    Typo fixed.

    You could either put it Airplane mode. Or go to Settings/More...(under Data usage)/Mobile networks & uncheck Data enable. Custom roms can put toggles for those in your pulldown menu. If you're not on a custom rom, there apps in the Play Store that should let you do that. I use a custom rom for the toggles, but this may help if you don't: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=toggles

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    edit: Missed the part about using data & no cell signal. That may not be possible, but it's worth a look
    Thanks for the welcome, but i already know airplane mode and how to turn off mobile data.

    It's trying to turn off just the cellular radio that im having trouble with, and my phone is rooted and such.
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    Go to the part I posted about "Data enable" & uncheck it. I lost data, but was still able to make a call. See if that'll work for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJM View Post
    Go to the part I posted about "Data enable" & uncheck it. I lost data, but was still able to make a call. See if that'll work for you
    No no see I am trying to get rid of the Verizon Cellular Radio, which is different than the Mobile Network, the Cellular Radio is the actual thing you use to make calls/text with. The mobile network just allows me to have internet. I would like a way for me to only have the Mobile Network. Disabling the Mobile Network like you said would leave me with just the Verizon Cellular Radio, to where i would most definitely be able to make calls and texts, but with Verizon charging me for it.

    I would like to use Wifi, and the mobile network side by side with google voice so i don't have to pay for unlimited texting, and 450 minutes from Verizon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linkinparkz0 View Post

    I would like to use Wifi, and the mobile network side by side with google voice so i don't have to pay for unlimited texting, and 450 minutes from Verizon.
    I don't think Verizon would let you do it even if you find a way. They don't let you have data only plans as far as I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syndicate0017 View Post
    I don't think Verizon would let you do it even if you find a way. They don't let you have data only plans as far as I understand.

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    Actually, i would beg to differ, i called Verizon yesterday and the customer service rep dug around for a little but found an old plan to disable my texting/minutes so I just received Data. She gave me the code and the name of the plan so i could use it in the future, because i was too scared to go through with it still, because i didn't know if i could actually do it and not rack up loads of charges.

    EDIT: I'm still afraid though, that i would receive the Cellular Radio signal, because you know Verizon, they want me to screw up so i would have to pay them LOOOOADSSSS A MONEYYYY
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    Bump, hoping someone can help
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    Quote Originally Posted by linkinparkz0 View Post
    Actually, i would beg to differ, i called Verizon yesterday and the customer service rep dug around for a little but found an old plan to disable my texting/minutes so I just received Data. She gave me the code and the name of the plan so i could use it in the future, because i was too scared to go through with it still, because i didn't know if i could actually do it and not rack up loads of charges.

    EDIT: I'm still afraid though, that i would receive the Cellular Radio signal, because you know Verizon, they want me to screw up so i would have to pay them LOOOOADSSSS A MONEYYYY
    I still don't think you would be able to apply that to a phone. I am not a Verizon employee, and don't pretend to know their inner workings, but I have two things that would lead me to think this is wrong.

    Without some crazy trickery, as you are finding out, will a device be able to not accept call/txt info yet still get data. Verizon also would know this. I mean you more than likely would have to be unlocked, and perhaps rooted to achieve something like this even if it were possible. Verizon definitely frowns upon rooting/ROMing. Actually, what may you may have to do to accomplish this potentially could be illegal, or at least would get you axed from their network.

    Secondly they know your device is a phone so they will want to make you pay for the phone service. They want every penny from you. They don't want you to have a sub $40 a month plan, when they can basically force you to pay $60 + . I base this on the fact that they don't allow smartphones to have minutes/text only plans, even though it is possible to kill data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linkinparkz0 View Post
    Actually, i would beg to differ, i called Verizon yesterday and the customer service rep dug around for a little but found an old plan to disable my texting/minutes so I just received Data. She gave me the code and the name of the plan so i could use it in the future, because i was too scared to go through with it still, because i didn't know if i could actually do it and not rack up loads of charges.

    EDIT: I'm still afraid though, that i would receive the Cellular Radio signal, because you know Verizon, they want me to screw up so i would have to pay them LOOOOADSSSS A MONEYYYY
    I used to be a customer service rep.. you can't do it. Those plans are grandfathered and the system won't let them change you to it. You could get someone to do an inactive pricing request but there's no way that you know for certain that they'll allow it. And that request can take days to go through. The lowest plan with a smartphone you can get is 700 minutes with 300Mb.

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