What Are The Best Things You Can Do With Your Smartphone or Tablet Without Data?

 

As posted above, I am wondering what some of the best things are that you can do with your phone when you don't have data. I started a thread in the travel story sub-forum, but for this I will focus on the actual apps, etc. Here are a few things to start with:

-Take photographs.

-Listen to music stored on the smartphone.

-Watch videos. Netflix lets you download some content onto your device.

-Games. I am not a gamer, but I know there are games available.

-Read books. Probably a bigger screen, like a tablet, would be desirable for this.

-Some smartphone actually have an actual FM broadcast radio built into them. (You remember FM radio, right, before Pandora and iHeart radio?

-Maps. After all, this IS POI Factory, what maps to you have stored on your smartphone?

Are some phones better than others for the above? I think so. For example, I am an Android guy, but, to Apple's credit, Garmin Street Pilot Onboard is only available on iOS.

Also, the amount of internal memory can be a huge factor. While I haven't looked at it lately, Netflix content could only be downloaded onto the device itself. It could not be downloaded onto micro SD memory.

I am still brain-storming in things that you can do with your smartphone or tablet without data. I have flown in aircraft and not had data, so a bit of planning ahead of time is in order.

I have also been on Caribbean cruises without data. Again, planning ahead is critical. Find the Netflix movies you want to watch and download them before you leave. Find the music and download it.

I still haven't quite figured out the best device to pair it with for off-network two way texting and/or voice. Beartooth is an option, but it isn't the only option.

Outdoors

The compass works as well as an altitude app that shows your gps coordinates, elevation and boiling point of water... Before venturing out to remote places in the great outdoors (parts of Alaska comes to mind), try going 24 hours with your smartphone in airplane mode. It is an eye opener on how much we have come to depend on it and for some it can be stressful to disconnected.

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"There's no substitute for local knowledge" nüvi 750, nüvi 3597

No Problem

Well, travel in an area with little to no cell service, and you'll see how useful a device can be without data. Or just go into airplane mode and see what you miss.

Load the device up with books, PDFs, movies, music, etc.

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone XR w/Garmin North America, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

Navigation

I use mine for navigation with or without data. Plus all of the above smile

Moto G4 Plus (has A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS) and CoPilot (complete NA maps downloaded). Nice photos too.

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It's about the Line- If a line can be drawn between the powers granted and the rights retained, it would seem to be the same thing, whether the latter be secured by declaring that they shall not be abridged, or that the former shall not be extended.

I've never paid for

a data plan until recently. Freedom Pop (MVNO out of Los Angeles, on ATT system.) has a $50/yr plan that gives 1GB of data per month. You also get texting and VOIP telephone usage. I couldn't find anything less expensive. It seems to do what I need.

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(2) Nuvi 1450LMT + 3597LMTHD + 2557LMT + DS61LMT-S Boston MA

Download books, maps..

Download information to use if cellphone/wifi is nowhere to be found.

Does anyone still use a

Does anyone still use a cellular phone for voice calls these days?

Google voice.

Took a old smartphone and set it up with Google Voice and Hangout dialer. Use it to play around with for making free calls from home. https://thedroidguy.com/2018/10/receive-wi-fi-calls-google-h...

Have same setup on my activate phone and tablets. If not by my phone, Google voice will ring to what ever device I have on at the time.Great way to get a second phone number and be able to check text messages or voicemail from any device. Visual voicemail the big plus.Able to read the voicemail instead of having to listen to each message.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Wait...

chewbacca wrote:

Does anyone still use a cellular phone for voice calls these days?

Wait... My smartphone can make voice calls?? wink

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NUVI 350

Yup!

chewbacca wrote:

Does anyone still use a cellular phone for voice calls these days?

Yup! What more do I need to say.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Calls from India

MikeSid wrote:
chewbacca wrote:

Does anyone still use a cellular phone for voice calls these days?

Wait... My smartphone can make voice calls?? wink

It can also receive calls from those guys in India that try to scare you into believing the Canadian Revenue Agency or the IRS,is going to have you arrested, if you don't send them $5000 in ITune cards, right away. LOL

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Read a book

Or anything worth reading.

If you know you will be in no-man's land, load up with reading material before you leave.

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone XR w/Garmin North America, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

Offline maps

With Google Maps you can manually download maps in advance for your area of interest for offline use. You apparently need to be online to create a route but that route will then work in offline areas. That ensures I always have a map handy when I am in less populated areas.

iPod

My old iPhone becomes an iPod. I use it to listen to music and podcasts. Connect it to the car's radio for music instead of the newer iPhone. Saves on battery.

score display

I purchased a tablet less than two years ago with one primary application: display of musical scores when I am playing the piano. With the crucial addition of a Bluetooth foot pedal, this allows me to play chamber music with a violinist while turning my own pages without losing place, leaving out notes, or losing time.

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personal GPS user since 1992

Camera

I take photos of things I might be working on prior to disassembley. I do this with wire connections, spacer locations etc. Really helps when there is a question on reassembly.

Travel Safe ...... Leave the cell phone in your pocket while driving!

use it for

Batting practice! shock

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Never argue with a pig. It makes you look foolish and it anoys the hell out of the pig!

Phone?

Stop thinking of the device as a phone. Yes, it can make phone calls, but it does so much more. Make a list of all those functions, features and capabilities. It does so much more than make phone calls.

I use my iPhone for far more than phone calls, regardless of cell service availability.

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone XR w/Garmin North America, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

flashlight

flashlight

Navigator

I have Garmin North America that has all mapping onboard, so I can use the *device* as a GPS even when I don't have cell service. This happened quite often on my cross country treks.

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone XR w/Garmin North America, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

Google Maps Offline rocks

zeaflal wrote:

With Google Maps you can manually download maps in advance for your area of interest for offline use. You apparently need to be online to create a route but that route will then work in offline areas. That ensures I always have a map handy when I am in less populated areas.

This is a useful tip. I used this for the first time this summer when travelling out of the country because I was too cheap to get data and it works great. It was wonderful to have good maps for the area where I was travelling. So helpful!!

cell phone

LOL a cell phone hasn't been just a cell phone for quiet a while now its a mini computer now , what cant you do on the cell phone that you do on a computer ? who in his right mind would buy just a cell phone for over $1000 ?

Makes a good universal

Makes a good universal remote for the he entertainment center.

hmmm

geo334 wrote:

LOL a cell phone hasn't been just a cell phone for quiet a while now its a mini computer now , what cant you do on the cell phone that you do on a computer ? who in his right mind would buy just a cell phone for over $1000 ?

No, spending $1000 for a cell phone is someone "who is NOT in his right mind".

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

...ad then the jailbreak

of course, if you are wanting a little more "low level" functionality, you can also root /jailbreak your devices. they are, at the heart, just thin computers with a very powerful operating system once you get below the covers. you are one of those folks who knows UNIX, the home-brew applications available for iOS and Android are plentiful and can turn that mobile device into much more than advertised or what listed apps have been approved in the respective stores. Android is a bit easier since most offer a "developer mode", but essentially each OS runs UNIX in some form or another and there's a lot you can do with a computer that has a cell or wii connection in it tat can be fun.

Analyze your Wifi

Analyze your Wifi neighbourhood and find the best configuration for your router. Then speedtest your devices.

ME! In my right mind?

KenSny wrote:
geo334 wrote:

LOL a cell phone hasn't been just a cell phone for quiet a while now its a mini computer now , what cant you do on the cell phone that you do on a computer ? who in his right mind would buy just a cell phone for over $1000 ?

No, spending $1000 for a cell phone is someone "who is NOT in his right mind".

Well my husband agrees with you. He also said I was not in my right mind when I bought my Note 8 for $1000. grin

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Mary, Nuvi 2450, Garmin Viago, Honda Navigation, Nuvi 750 (gave to son)

Smartphone, no data

I'm not big on a lot of phone based games or such. It's rare to be anywhere in the 48 to find a place where you can't get in network periodically. The cameras in phones these days are great. When I got my iphone I bought an app called MotionX Gps. The phone becomes a fully functional GPS, and you can download maps in various resolutions for use offline. I used it once, mostly just to do so. Don't get out in the boonies like I used to, and if I did I'd probably carry an old dedicated Garmin I have that runs on AAA. Using a phone as a GPS does drain the battery noticeably. They are amazing, versatile little computers.

funny

I have a Samsung Galaxy S8 about 13 mos. old. I was on the 3rd one, warranty replacements.

When I saw iPhone XS for $249.99, even though I dislike iOS, I felt I had to do it.

I have been running the S8 on a hotspot everywhere I go, even the car, because that was provided to me by a vendor (I am not using my own co. hotspot for this purpose).

So you could say I am doing the opposite, the S8 has no cellular, and data where I can connect to wifi.

Side by side, it is so obvious that android is more intuitive and virtually every app is better designed for android. I can only surmise that Apple makes it hard for the developers. But some of the ways iOS interacts is bordering on stupid. Such as press "hide" to get the speakerphone button? lol

Ouch! That will bring out

Ouch!
That will bring out the flames from the diehard Apple sector.
Put your flack vest and helmet on folks. razz

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

it's

KenSny wrote:

Ouch!
That will bring out the flames from the diehard Apple sector.
Put your flack vest and helmet on folks. razz

Don't mean to do that...like anything else, I think the Apple hardware to be superior from a "feel" perspective. There was one really smart feature I found--phone rings, and volume lower than what I set it to? Because the phone knew I was looking at it, so it lowered the ring volume. That is smart.

Spending like $58 just to be able to fast charge, when every device under the sun now has USB C and comes with it out of the box? That's dumb. How about no headset adapter to lightning adapter included, when there is a wired headset in the box? lol

Maybe an Apple phone running android is pretty decent. After 2 hardware failures on new S8's, not sure what to say.

I feel the same with cars. Rather than argue, experience for oneself. We have a German, a Japanese, and a Detroit made car in our household. So I have a subjective feel for each. I can tell you this, 2/3 are totally boring to drive, with one being fun to drive. On the other hand, 1/3 has a car that I came across as having 983k miles on it on YouTube? lol The last one, not much to say, poor quality and poor reliability, but I insisted on it--never again.