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 6 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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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 6 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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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 6 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 6 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 ?