Trying to figure out what my Smartphone can do without Cell Service, Mobile Data, or Wifi? Living in Alaska will do that to you!!
I have been downloading what I would call “Hard Copies” of maps to my Smartphone in case of emergency or loss of connectivity which is often. So besides being an expensive doorstop let's investigate.
Try and access Google or Apple Maps without an Internet connection and you can’t because there is nothing there unless you downloaded the maps to your Smartphone. The whole world is dependent on “Internet Fumes” but they don’t understand or realize that!!
Like I have said in other articles in terms of loss of internet on your Smartphone for any reason either from the loss of cell service due to distance from a cell site, traveling, bad reception, loss of Wifi for a myriad of reasons, or any other reason you might lose connectivity.
Well, you are left with a cool calculator and camera but what else? Well turns out a lot of things.
There are many apps that don’t need Mobile Data or Wifi that are useful offline like Google Translate, Maps, file sharing, many photo editing/viewing/painting/sketching, calculating, or mathematical applications and unit converting.
“Download languages to use offline iPhone & iPad, Android, Computer.
You can download languages onto your device. This lets you translate them without an internet connection.
After you’ve downloaded a language to your device, you could be able to translate it using the camera. See languages that work with instant camera translations.
To avoid slow downloads or extra data usage charges, download languages only when you’re connected to Wifi.”
Thanks to free Smartphone App Programs like Apple and Google Maps and many other apps, we simply take maps and location services for granted. It is in the background now.
Google Maps program only holds your Local Maps for 30 days then erases them and Google Maps Custom Maps last for 365 days but you still have to remember that or they erase.
“Download Areas and Navigate Offline
If you're going where the Internet is slow, mobile data is expensive, or you can't get online, you can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you're offline.
Note: Downloading offline maps isn't available in some regions because of contractual limitations, language support, address formats, or other reasons.”
Many of the current map programs on your Smartphone are limited when it comes to GPS only navigation; Google Maps allows you to pre-download a 50 square kilometer map or (19.30 square miles) for temporary offline use, this works most of the time but not when you lose connectivity.
If you are out of the country this can get complicated very quickly as roaming charges in foreign countries can be very expensive. If you use pre-downloaded offline maps when you are traveling before you get to the country you are traveling to this can be a big money saver.
You can use your maps apps that have an offline search function so you can use them just like normal maps app and by turning on GPS you can navigate easily.
Turn Off Mobile Internet Data in Android and ideally, no charge should be levied if you are only using the GPS receiver with the maps of that country already available on your smartphone i.e. no new download required.
The map navigation software that you are using should be able to use the maps on your phone’s memory along with your GPS receiver to find the location (latitude and longitude) and show you the way.
Mobile networks and Wi-Fi networks will always go down for one reason or another. For years Verizon was the only carrier in the Western United States from California to New Mexico and from Montana to Texas that covered most of it and had good coverage along the highways and freeways. Forget about rolling through Mexico. So, if you want to keep using your Smartphone when you are traveling, you should always plan ahead.
Download what is important to you like maps or games, whatever is at the top of your list.
What do you need to stay productive or keep working? On your iPhone, you have Pages, Files, Numbers, Notes, Calculator, Camera, and a Contacts List until you get back to your next connection. Theoretically, you can write a letter with your thumbs?
If you use Android you can use Google Drive and you can set aside files to use offline. Gmail Offline, Chrome app Sketchpad 3.5, and Apache OpenOffice Portable to name a few.
You have a GPS receiver as a built-in feature in almost all smartphones and Global positioning systems (GPS) are available free of cost everywhere on earth. GPS reception is available around the globe but you will need a clear line of sight or view of the skies so the receiver can triangulate at least three satellites.
GPS works anywhere out in the open. It works in buildings and near windows, but you may have problems receiving signals in the inner area of buildings depending on the structure and what it is made out of. Dense materials such as concrete, rock, steel, heavy wood, tall buildings, terrain features like mountains, ridges, and cliffs, and large trees can block or degrade GPS signals. Glass, wood, or plastic does not.
GPS positioning comes from satellites but this data is in raw form and you need an app like Google Maps, which can actually process this data for you and show you the directions on your Smartphone using a map.
The map in the app contains all the locations embedded in it along with latitude and longitude information.
The transmission of data via the carrier's cellular network. Cellular data is used for email, Web pages, watching videos, app downloads, and software updates. Also called "mobile data," cellular data is measured and billed separately from phone calls. Text messaging (SMS) is also a separate service, although it is typically included as part of the phone plan (see carrier data plans).”
A data plan and a Wi-Fi network basically let you do the same thing: use the Internet wirelessly. Some devices are built for Wi-Fi use only, while others, such as 4G LTE smartphones and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, have Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G LTE access. Depending on how much you use the Internet and where a data-enabled device gives you the best of both worlds. Fast, secure access to the information you need on the go and some flexibility on overall data consumption.
Wi-Fi connects to a router. Cellular data doesn’t. Wi-Fi has a limited range. Cellular data doesn’t.”
The story of the Smartphone is so amazing and interesting it would be hard to make this entire narrative up. It is so intricately entwined in the ingenuity of humanity and the necessity to continue to discover and grow as a species. There is always hope!
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The ultimate mission of cellular data has always been to be on par with Wi-Fi. 4G has come close in many ways, but let’s be honest; we know there are things we can do at home on our computers or tablets that we cannot do on our cell phones. When we are at home, we think nothing of streaming.
Depending on your internet provider and plan, if you have modern Wi-Fi, you may have no data allowance or cap, so some can go to town and binge as many Netflix shows as we like.
However, this abundance of data has not yet crossed over into our mobile lives. Many of us are on data plans, and it is always possible to use up all of our data before we know it. Streaming through our phones is one way we risk doing this, which is why most people are still relatively conservative in their mobile streaming habits, but this is becoming harder to do.
Before the holidays, we wrote a blog post called “How Can You Hear Something That’s Not In Your Ear?” The blog's title was inspired by my father-in-law asking me that very same question while we were on a family holiday. As a prolific writer and self-confessed workaholic, I was busy writing my latest article while listening to the Killer's latest album through my Bone Conduction headphones.
Due to Bone Conduction headphones sending the music directly into my inner ear, I was able to enjoy it while I concentrated on my work, but without shutting out my surroundings. I was on a family vacation; after all, one which included dogs and small children all running around together.
It was sensible to keep an eye (and both ears) on them just in case I was needed to do a spot of parenting. Fortunately for me, my Bone Conduction headphones allow this due to their design. Other headphones may have blocked out the sound entirely.
I live in remote Alaska where there is barley 3G and don’t see us getting to 4G, let alone 5G anytime soon. For most of my life, I lived in a large city with cutting edge technology and the benefits of living with 4G.
The 5G promise is very exciting for many reasons we list below but do we need a 5G Phone in rural Alaska? The answer is no because there is no connection and if you live in a rural area the answer is more than likely the same for you.
Nome Alaska is 143 miles from the Arctic Circle and you can see Russia on a clear day from Wales which is in the Nome census area and Nort of Nome. If you measure on Google Maps Lavrentiya Russia is 179 miles from Nome Alaska.