Is there a Data Only Mode? Verizon minds want to know.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Pomeless, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Pomeless macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
    Seeing that I am planning on getting my first iPhone with Verizon I recognize that there is the simultaneous data & phone drawback. I am especially looking forward to using GPS apps such as iMapMyRun+. Naturally I wonder if there is a setting inherent to iOS that will allow for uninterrupted data. In other words I don't want to be in middle of recording a run when a phone call comes in and thus lose my recording.

    Is there such a setting in iOS?
    Is this a setting that would/could be controlled within an app?

    Thanks for your insights.
  2. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2009
    So much for buying an i"PHONE"
    there is no option.
  3. Pomeless, Jan 31, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011

    Pomeless thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
    Trust me the phone will get more that enough use! I hope there is a "Flotation" app for when I feel like chucking it in the river. :) I'm not to sure how all these things work I am sure there are big differences when it comes to the iPhone. The reason I ask is that I currently use the built-in VZ Navigator and it has been a great little tool on my dumbphone. Calls do not interrupt that built-in program however when I am playing a live Texas Hold Em game and someone calls..... there goes my hand. Oh well... maybe I framed my question it wrong. Not so much a Data Only Mode as a Non Interrupt Mode.

    Thanks for your insights....
  4. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    I wouldn't be surprised if once the VZW iPhone comes out someone makes on app so you can turn off the phone/SMS service to get unlimited data because of situations like the one you described.

    Obviously there isn't one yet because 1. it's not necessary with AT&T and 2. the VZW one isn't out yet.
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    My experience with a Verizon Droid Incredible:

    SMS will not interupt data and can be sent/received while on a call.

    A call will pause data until the call is ended, but to prevent this, one can forward calls to another number. If you forward to a Google Voice number, you'll get an email with a transcript of your message(s). Your phone won't even ring if you don't want it to.

    You will never miss a call because you're using data. Calls get priority. This, in my experience, is the exact opposite of AT&T's EDGE system where active data will cause your calls to be missed.

    I think, though I've never verified (never bothered), that data will continue until you actually answer the call. So, if you don't answer, your data session will continue. I'd have to double check this, though.

    For me - and I only speak for myself - the lack of data while on a call has never been a problem. Emails will pop up as soon as you hang up, and since texts go through anyway, I've never had it be an inconvenience.
  6. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    At least not without Jailbreaking, 3rd party apps (from the App Store) are not allowed to interact with the core functionality of iOS in a way that will be disruptive. Apps that are available in the App Store, once downloaded, live in whats called a Sandbox.

    Apple will not approve an app that can turn off the phone functionality of the iPhone.
  7. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    To add to that excellent reply from xraydoc, some Verizon phones have an option menu where you can set if you want incoming voice calls to override data or not.

    I have no idea if the CDMA iPhone has that option. It'll be something to look for.

    Btw, GPS apps that don't need to get maps from the internet (and/or cache the data like Google does) should continue to operate while you're on a call.
  8. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

    Rajani Isa

    Jun 8, 2010
    Rogue Valley, Oregon
    kdarling has a good point there - maybe try getting in touch with the devs of iMapMyRun+ and ask if they know how it will work if data is interrupted/becomes unavailable?

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