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    Default Is it possible to turn off the Cell Radio and have the WiFi or BT radios on?

    Airplane Mode turns off all of the transmitting radios. There have been times that I have wanted to turn off the Cell Radio and just use the WiFi or Blue Tooth Radios. Is there a setting for this?

    Examples of these situations:
    a) In a location with horrible cell reception and I would like to listen to on device music or downloaded podcasts via my BT headset/earpiece. Keeping the cell radio on sucks the battery dry.
    b) On an airplane with WiFi. Cell off but WiFi on would be nice.
    c) Traveling overseas. WiFi on and keep the Cell off to avoid any unintended connections.

    Thanks in advance for your input.
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    just tried it on my evo ... just turn on airplane mode, and then turn on the radio you want on. I used the widget on my home screen and turned on my wifi radio and it turned on and connected, but my cell radio was still off (the airplane on the notification bar instead of my cell signal). I'm assuming the same would work for BT
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    Quote Originally Posted by sraatc17 View Post
    just tried it on my evo ... just turn on airplane mode, and then turn on the radio you want on. I used the widget on my home screen and turned on my wifi radio and it turned on and connected, but my cell radio was still off (the airplane on the notification bar instead of my cell signal). I'm assuming the same would work for BT
    Son-of-a-gun. I tried it with the widgets and, yes, the WiFi is available. However, Blue Tooth is not.

    I'm guessing the best thing for me to do would be to send HTC an e-mail asking for this capability to a added to a future OTA.
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    I do this all the time (I listen to music via my BT headset on the plane during my commute). Go get the "Network" app from the Market. Among the things you can do with that is shut off the cellular radio only, leaving the others alone ( unlike "Airplane Mode").
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcrudup View Post
    I do this all the time (I listen to music via my BT headset on the plane during my commute). Go get the "Network" app from the Market. Among the things you can do with that is shut off the cellular radio only, leaving the others alone ( unlike "Airplane Mode").
    That is a good find! Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcrudup View Post
    I do this all the time (I listen to music via my BT headset on the plane during my commute). Go get the "Network" app from the Market. Among the things you can do with that is shut off the cellular radio only, leaving the others alone ( unlike "Airplane Mode").
    Thanks a bunch.

    Could you post a link to it at and/or post who was the developer? For some reason, I'm having a hard time finding it on my EVO.
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    Settings >> Wireless and Networks. Then turn off mobile network.
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    you already have a widget that turns off the mobile network. No need for an additional app.

    Go into your widgets and there should be one called mobile network. It might be under the settings widgets.
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    he wants cell network not mobile network (which is data only).
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmhanson View Post
    Settings >> Wireless and Networks. Then turn off mobile network.
    Not the same thing. He needs to shut off the entire cellular radio. You wouldn't want to just shut down Mobile Data when on an airplane; the radio would still be active and looking for a cellular signal that barely exists so you'd be draining your battery the length of the flight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brainerd View Post
    Could you ... post who was the developer?
    Philipp Mangelow. (Yeah, searching for "Network" brings up the phone book, huh?!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kcrudup View Post
    Philipp Mangelow. (Yeah, searching for "Network" brings up the phone book, huh?!)
    Thanks again. Yeah, a lot of choices. Just wanted to grab the one that will do the trick. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brainerd View Post
    Airplane Mode turns off all of the transmitting radios. There have been times that I have wanted to turn off the Cell Radio and just use the WiFi or Blue Tooth Radios. Is there a setting for this?

    Examples of these situations:
    a) In a location with horrible cell reception and I would like to listen to on device music or downloaded podcasts via my BT headset/earpiece. Keeping the cell radio on sucks the battery dry.
    b) On an airplane with WiFi. Cell off but WiFi on would be nice.
    c) Traveling overseas. WiFi on and keep the Cell off to avoid any unintended connections.

    Thanks in advance for your input.
    I found this 2 year old thread. Did you find some method that works? I am interested in your "C" solution if you got one. It was easy to do on Blackberrys.

    Thanks.

    ...mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikethaler View Post
    I found this 2 year old thread. Did you find some method that works? I am interested in your "C" solution if you got one. It was easy to do on Blackberrys.

    Thanks.

    ...mike
    Yes, turn Airplane mode on, then go back into settings and turn the Wifi back on. Your cellular radios are now off but Wifi is functional. Only prob with this is the bluetooth won't work. I assume this is where the 'Network' app mentioned above comes in.

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