Wander Rules! My first full day with Wander running…
(this just made my day!)
As I’ve mentioned, I’m on an island with difficult reception…poor Sprint, half the time I’m roaming to a Verizon tower […] after being out most of the day, at 10 hours, still 61%! Previously, that would have been more like 15%. […]
excellent! yeah, i didn’t really plan for Wander to be used as a battery saver, but that makes great sense: mobile data draws power, and roaming data is often poor quality so draws more power (lower signal strength = more power on a CDMA phone)
really happy Wander had this effect on your phone! (a good deal of my initial testing with Wander was spent trying to find ways in which Wander might be using more power than needed - so hearing that it saves power is fantastic)
ATTENTION RW–if you’d had an option like Wander to just turn off Roaming Data, I would have been using it (for battery life if nothing else) and you would have saved close to 40mb in August! I suspect that much of the high roaming data usage is folks like me who live in poor reception areas and don’t know how to turn off roaming data–getting scared by the message about screwing up calls and sms.
yeah, I wish RW had something like this for us too. Hopefully they’ll pull something together down the road. i’ll be happy when, someday, everyone uninstalls Wander because RW has put together a much better and more complete solution
Well, I haven’t been using Wander long enough to really check the sms thing. I hardly ever use sms, maybe once every two weeks, but when I want it, I want it. If I’m going to send one, I can just turn Wander off, but I’m hoping that it won’t interfere with receiving sms when I’m in roaming areas.
There is no need to turn Wander off to send an SMS.
Wander can turn mobile data back on for you whenever you use the Messaging app to send an SMS - Wander does this by default, but you can OPT to turn it off. for you: just don’t turn off the roaming ability of the Messaging app (that’s the big button in Wander’s user interface with the Messaging app’s icon and text indicating “ROAM” or “NO ROAM” to let you know whether Messaging is allowed to roam or not.
Will try to check on that soon. If that’s okay, Wander is a perfect solution for data AND battery.
in my testing inbound SMS do arrive even while Wander has mobile data disabled. They take longer to arrive and there is some opportunity for messages to arrive out of order, but they all arrived eventually.
And I’m sure RW could build something like that in, and they could make sure it doesn’t interfere with incoming or outgoing sms. HEAR THAT RW? This could be a silver bullet to save a ton of roaming data & you could roll back that 25mb limit!