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  1. John Lee

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    I have a question about smartphones: If I were to cancel my phone plan tomorrow, would I still be able to use all of the capabilities within the phone (mainly as a portable computer, but e.g. the camera, the apps, the GPS), other than the communication aspects--calling, texting, 3g/4g?

    After all, as I said, it is a computer. And my laptop (computer) has no (data) plan associated with it, and works fine.
     
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    Anything you can do on airplane mode will work.
    I am not sure if you can still use it with Wi-Fi.
     
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    I don't know the answer to that question, but check your plan for penalties for early cancellation.
     
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    My husband cancelled his phone when he was deployed, but he was still able to call me using FaceTime. So I guess he still could use wifi. I don't know about everything else though.
     
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    I can still use my old iPhone with wi-fi to surf the net but my email and some apps don't work. Away from wi-fi, it's just a paperweight.
     
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    My friend's daughter uses her old iPhone just like I use my WiFi iPod Touch.
     
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    I use my old iPhone as an iPod touch as well... it will work with WiFi, but not 3G/4G... you will not be able to send text messages, or make phone calls.
     
  9. John Lee

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    The reason I asked is because I was thinking about the possibility of basing a course (i.e. after-school program) around the various capabilities of a smartphone. Since they are actually computers in/of themselves, I think it would be neat to try, asking people to donate their old smartphones to the cause.

    Just a thought.
     
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    Most things will work if you have Wi-Fi.
     
  11. John Lee

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    So do you think, if I could round up 20 or so old android or iphone smartphones, I could:

    -Take/use photos
    -Install/use apps (that can function in-phone)
    -use any other function of a smartphone (e.g. GPS)
     
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    I'll guess that whether you could use GPS would depend on whether it's accessed via Wi-fi alone or via one's service provider - and, since one can get GPS in places where Wi-fi is difficult, it wouldn't surprise me to find that it's via one's service provider.
     
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    GPS would not be accessible either, as that requires data from a service provider, it wouldn't work just through Wifi. Photos would work, online apps would work, installing and using apps works as well, as long as you have Wifi.
     
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    Really? How do Tom Toms and Garmins work? I thought that, of all those things, GPS would surely be usable. I mean... when I go for runs and I track my distance, time, etc. I use my GPS. But I DON'T use 3g/4g, nor do I use wifi obviously when I'm running. So how/why would that function not be available on an unserviced phone?
     
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    GPS on the iPhone does work with no 3g/4g and no WiFi. My fiance and I use it a lot when we are driving and are in the middle of no where... with no signal and no wifi.
     
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    I forgot to add. It may just take a little bit of time to load up. But that's it.
     
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    GPS is a bit iffy.

    If you have a smart phone, take out the SIM Card and see if you can get GPS

    If so, you are good.
     

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