Guide: Using Android Without a Data Plan - Getting Apps, Moving Contacts, and More
I compiled a guide that helps with using android without a data plan (apps, contacts, etc.)
Here's the text of the guide:
Using Android Without A Data Plan
Since Android is such a 'cloud' oriented OS, it can be quite difficult to make it useful for those without a data plan. This was formerly a non-issue, as Android devices were not available without both a data plan and wifi, but android on the Vogue changes this. There are a select few who will stick to the Vogue for the foreseeable future since it was one of the last decent smartphones to be available without a data plan (at least on Verizon). Some of these tips are pretty self-explanatory (especially the Other Tips section) I just noted them to create a complete resource, since I know the frustration of trying to find all of this information.
Transferring Contacts without a Data Plan:
This guide is primarily aimed at Froyo, since the Phone app can import vcf files. I tried other apps to do this, but nothing worked except for the built-in dialer. If you are using a pre-froyo version (<2.2) then you can try some of those apps (you can find them through the next part of the guide, about getting apps).
1. While still on Windows Mobile, sync to Outlook or Outlook Express.
2. Export all of the contacts as vcf files.
3. Copy them to your SD card (I put them in a folder in the root called contacts)
4. Open the contacts app, press the menu button, and press "Import/Export"
5. In the popup menu, select "Import from SD Card", and the phone will search for vCard data on the SD Card
6. At the next popup, select "Import all vCard files and click ok
7. All of your contacts will be imported
The easiest way to find apps is to type the app name and apk into google, but most of the time, this does not work (and is illegal for paid apps, unless you get it from the dev directly). Since this doesn't usually work, you can get apps using a special avd and the android emulator.
1. Download/Setup the Android SDK and Download the accessmarket.rar
file (originally found at http://tech-droid.blogspot.com/2009/...-emulator.html
2. Copy the contents of accessmarket.rar to C:/Users/<YOUR USERNAME>/.android/avd/ - you might have to enable "show hidden files" in folder options to see the .android folder
3. Edit C:/Users/<YOUR USERNAME>/.android/avd/AndEmu.ini, and change the username in the file to your username
4. Start SDKSetup.exe, then click Virtual Devices, launch the device called "AndEmu"
5. Once this is started, download ASTRO file manager from market (it works in this emulator!) - ASTRO will allow you to backup the apks for apps that you download from the market. (NOTE: for protected/private apps, you can use Titanium Backup to back them up)
5.5. You can download any app from the market, and back it up
6. The apps you backup will be backed up to /sdcard/backups/apps/
7. You can use one of the following adb commands to pull these files from the emulator:
adb pull /sdcard/backups/apps/ /AndApps
This will download all of your backed up apps to a folder on your root drive called AndApps
adb pull /sdcard/backups/apps/<NAME OF APK>.apk /AndApps/<NAME OF APK>.apk
This will copy a single apk of your choosing to /AndApps/
8. After you do this, you need to copy the apk to your sdcard (either by taking the card out, or using the SD Share widget), and then you can install it to your phone with ASTRO
Note: Special Applications:
Some applications like to let you download themes and such within the app, without any other source. Most of these applications store files on a folder named after the app (com.something.something) so you can download the stuff within the app on the emulator, and backup the folder on the emu's sd card and put it on your phone.
Increasing Battery Life - this is a pretty simple tip, but a major (the only?) benefit of not having a data plan is increased battery life. You can completely disable the sync functionality of the phone.
Settings>Accounts & Sync Settings>
Make sure Background data and Auto-Sync are unchecked
Disable Wireless Networks for Location:
Settings>Location & Security>
Make sure Use Wireless networks is unchecked
Disable the Network:
Settings>Wireless & Network Settings>Mobile Networks
Make sure Data Enabled and Data Roaming are unchecked
GPS: To easily test out your GPS without a data plan (thus no Google Maps/Navigator) you can use GPS Test, which is available for free on the Market
If there are any other issues that I forgot to mention, comment below. (I'm currently working on Calendar)
I hope it's helpful to someone out there