Recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S3 from a Droid Incredible. On the Incredible it was pretty easy to turn off any kind of data while roaming. Simply shut off 'mobile network'. Done. I could still place and receive calls with absolutely no data usage.
After upgrading to the S3 I went on a trip to Canada. Here's what I did to disable data.
Open the notification bar and de-select 'Mobile Data'
Go to settings -> wireless and networks -> mobile networks -> global data roaming access -> Selected 'Deny data roaming access'
Note that the 'network mode' option the same page was set to 'Global' but given the other two options I thought this was enough.
When we landed I received notification that we in fact are using data on a roaming network, but given the options above I ignored it. Sure enough when my bill comes there are several lines of 'global data pay as you go' or something to that effect.
So the question... how do I completely turn off data on this phone? I'll be making several trips back to Canada in the near future and I don't want to be dinged for global data roaming every time. How many options does it take to turn it off???
Oh no! I know unexpected data roaming charges can be very frustrating, so let's get this fixed. Turn off all mobile data and global roaming when traveling. Go to settings>More settings>mobile networks>Turn off mobile data &deny global access roaming. Hope this helps!
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Thanks for the response.
Deactivating 'Mobile Data' from the notification bar appears to uncheck the same box as going to settings>More settings>mobile networks>Turn off mobile data. And we also selected 'deny global access roaming'. I think we achieved the same but still had data charges.
Upon receiving the text message on arrival that our phone accessed mobile data while roaming, I also did some checks. I attempted to browse the internet and access my corporate e-mail. Both failed saying a data connection was not available. I don't get it.
What about text messages? I received a few text messages while over the border. Would these show as data roaming?
I had this problem as well when I travelled to Canada last year. I'm planning to travel abroad again soon and I really don't want to run into this issue. Can someone from Verizon answer this question in a definitive manner explaining why our phones went into global roaming even though we had it disabled on our S3 phones?