Android - MMS Without Data
Today I finally decided to break up with T-Mobile and take my number and Nexus One phone to AT&T, as a prepaid phone (tl;dr - I'm tired of cell phone ISPs locking people in to contracts and then they can't do anything about it when the ISP changes their plans around).
My Nexus One was originally for T-Mobile's network, so it doesn't work with the 3G on AT&T's... but that's fine because my AT&T plan doesn't include data. But, my phone can still use AT&T's Edge network.
I don't want any random background apps using the Edge network and costing me usage fees when I'm out and about. But, if I disable Mobile Data altogether, picture messaging (MMS) stops working too. So after a lot of searching around I seem to have found a way to disable the mobile network for all apps, but still allow MMS to be sent/received using it.
On my Nexus One, from the home screen:
- Push the menu button and pick Settings
- Pick "Wireless & networks"
- Pick "Mobile networks"
- Make sure "Data enabled" is checked (MMS won't work either if you disable it here!)
- Go to "Access Point Names"
- On my phone, the only APN here was named "ATT (wap.cingular)"
- Scroll down to the "APN type" setting.
- On my phone, the original value for this setting was "default,supl,mms"
- Change its value to be only "mms".
- Push the menu button and pick "Save."
After this, I tested it. I was able to send and receive MMS messages (which turned on the Edge network notification), but apps like Facebook, Google+, and the mobile web browser all complained that I didn't have an Internet connection.
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