Turn off 3G?

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    Is there any way I can turn off 3G to conserve my battery? I do not want to switch to airplane mode since I still want to be able to use the phone and receive push email.
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    3G should save battery over using the older technology. So short of turning off the cell signal entirely, the answer is no.
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    Verizons cdma network is not setup this way. If you don't have 3g then the only way you get data is over a connection slower than dial up. Not very usable unfortunatly and verizon has no 2g so we cannot fall back to that. Sorry
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    Actually, There is 2g

    That 1x you might see in the status bar is CDMA's RXTT1x which is 2g(ish).

    see if you can turn off EVDO in the program menu I believe ##PROGRAM and then 000000

    I can't find a setting for it, but maybe if you lower the data rates it will stick to 1x?

    interesting there is a symmetrical 153/153 as the last choice.
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    I work in Washington and live in Canada. My plan covers all calls within North America so I can call to Canada from the States and vice versa. My data is unlimited in the States, but I have to pay when I am in Canada. My plan is to turn off 3G and just use WiFi when I am in Canada for my data so I don't get the roaming charges. How do I turn off the 3G and will this accomplish what I want to do?
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    As far as turning off 3g goes, the only certain way to turn it off is airplane mode.

    I've tried many different apps to try and turn it off, but they don't turn them off.

    I'm new to the data plan and I plan on going to Canada in the spring, I wouldn't want any roaming charges. I don't even know how roaming charges really work to be honest....

    someone wanna fill me in =P
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    Guys,

    there is a simple way to conserve battery and turn off 3G

    Goto Settings > Wireless > Mobile Networks and check the 2G only box.

    This has the following result. Your Network is ONLY operating on gprs or EDGE, and there is no parallel connection for Phone calls AND data at the same time.But, it really conserves battery.
    I have 2g always....except when surfing in the train. or googlin stuff.

    It works perfect for me ;)
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    Don't see this one the Droid.

    Only thing that pops up is "Data roaming" and "System Select"

    When selecting "data roaming" you get a warning message "allow data roaming? you may incur significant roaming charges!" By default, this box is unchecked, unless I unchecked it and forgot i did...
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    I'm gonna agree with JohnDroid. 3g isn't actually really draining the battery unless it's in use. I mean yeah it's always on standby, but majority of the time it's the display that eats at the battery than when you're not using your data.

    So basically, at least the solution so far is, to either turn it off, or run in airplane mode (which you might as well save more battery and turn it off), but I use it as an alarm clock, so I go to airplane mode sometimes. I got friends who like to hang out at say 3am, and I don't wanna deal with that, so airplane mode it is.
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    When you come to Canada, you will want to turn off your 3G at the border to avoid any

    roaming data charges on top of your current plan. That is what I am trying to figure out is

    what is the best way to do that? You can surf, email, use the internet, etc. using WiFi at

    a coffee shop or McDonald's if you need to and not have to pay roaming data charges.
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    With the Milestone, yes. But not with the Droid.
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    Can't believe how useless data plans are out of state. I won't be able to check email or other things on the fly because of roaming charges. I know roaming can get very expensive and don't want to risk the chance. Droid only functions as a phone outside of the state for me i guess...
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    I thought that Verizon only offered nationwide plans? I can use my phone anywhere in North America and the data plan in the United States without any roaming or extra charges.
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    Look in the market-- '2G3G-OnOff' is the title
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    Also an app called APN that has a widget to toggle 3G on/off.
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    You're on a GSM network with the Milestone, the Droid operates on CDMA and can never be connected to data and phone at the same time.
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    Also if messing with the APN, you may want to get "APN Backup & Restore"
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    I just tried APNdroid and it did not shut off my 3G :(
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    I believe you ahve to dial a # command to turn off 3G. Some of the responses and the 2G to 3G widget is for the GSM Android. I have a Moto Milestone and I confirm I can turn off the 3G in the network settings.

    Verizon doesn't really let you do this. You can do it in the phone though I believe. This was discussed in the forum before (I read it as I was searchign for a solution for my Milestone). As for the guy who says 3G should save battery... uh. I highly doubt that. I'm not gonna say it's flat out untrue, but for us GSM users, when on 3G, you use far more battery. This was Apple's argument in the iPhone 2G, and this has been my personal experience on my Milestone when switching off 3G....
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