Yahoo mail app for andriod using all my bandwidth, help!

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  1. JimKiler

    JimKiler Platinum Member

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    my wife has had a Galaxy S 1 phone for 18 months and all of a sudden the new yahoo mail app now automatically downloads emails in the background. Great right? Yes being able to see emails and not wait for them to download is nice, but i am frugal and only have the 200 MB plan so this app is quickly eating up our data plan. I cannot find a way to turn off auto download in the app. Is there another way to do it in Android or force it to only download over WiFi?
     
  2. preslove

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    Just set up the default mail app to access the yahoo account and remove the POS yahoo app.

    And, she's using a Galaxy S phone? Upgrade, man!
     
  3. JimKiler

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    Thanks I will try the default mail client. I like the yahoo app otherwise.

    Believe me i want to upgrade this thing. I thought i had to wait for my 2 year contract to be up on 4/30 but AT&T is telling me i am able to upgrade now. So I started researching and since we have the Nexus 7 i want something with Jelly Bean, which might mean we get the LG Optimus G or I could get the Galaxy S 3, but i do not want to pay $200 for it. I could have got it had the BestBuy coupon not got crazy on Sunday and revised to exclude sale items. The S 3 is on sale at BB this week for $150. But i am willing to buy elsewhere.
     
  4. vshah

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    yup, i believe yahoo is supported directly within the native client (should be called "email")

    should just need to type in your address & password.

    also since you don't use much data and your contract is almost up, have you considered going to straight talk to potentially save some money?
     
  5. JimKiler

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    What is straight talk and mobile phone network?
     
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    If you're looking to renew, shop on Amazon.

    Honestly though, you'd probably be better off investing more up front and switching to the $45 Straight Talk plan using AT&T towers. Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts, 2gb data.
     
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    ^ what he said. so you could buy a phone off contract, new or used, and activate it on a straight talk sim, including porting your old numbers over.
     
  8. JimKiler

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    But can i do a family share and add additional phones for $10 with straight talk? Their website does not provide much info even when i click how it works. Is this a prepaid cell phone service?
     
  9. vshah

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    yes, it's prepaid. it only makes sense if all of your lines are using data.
    why don't you post your # of lines and which of those need data (and how much) and I can compare carriers for you.

    if you want a family plan style option that still includes data for certain lines, look into tmobile's value plans. http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Package...ePackages.aspx
     
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  10. JimKiler

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    We currently have 3 lines, two with data and one with only talk. No texting on any line because i refuse to pay extra for something that saves the phone companies money. We can switch carriers on June 6th this year if need be.

    Talking to T-mobile looks like i can get 2 lines with data and one phone only for $170 a month.
     
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  11. vshah

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    is the line without data still a smartphone (i.e. do they use it on wifi?) or is it a dumbphone for voice only?
     
  12. JimKiler

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    dumbphone for my in laws, they do not want to pay for data.
     
  13. vshah

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    you could do 2 lines with 200mb each data, and a 3rd line with no data, 1000 minutes shared, for $65 a month on t-mobile's value plan. note that this requires you to buy your own device and still has a 2 year contract. you can also bump up to 2gb data for an additional $5 on the data lines.

    on att, you could get 700 mins/month, 2 smartphones with 300mb data each, and a 3rd dumbphone, for $120 a month.
    or att's new "mobile share" it would be $40 base, $45 for each smartphone, $30 for a basic phone = $160 for 1gb of shared data, unlimitd voice/text

    as you can see tmobile is by far the best value. if you get non-LTE phones, tmo's HSPA+ is much faster than ATT's as well. the only question is if their coverage is sufficient for your needs. in my experience, it's fine in most big cities, but drops to 2g as you get a bit further away. often only 2g on interstates as well. check the coverage maps to help you out. also when purchasing smartphones for use on tmobile you need to make sure they support the aws bands for hspa+ (1700/2100mhz)


    even if you estimate $400 up front for the two smartphones, and $100 for a new dumbphone, you're still saving $55 a month for 24 months = 1320.
    if you assume that the att smartphones would cost $100 each, and the dumbphone was free, you've saved $620 over 2 years.

    if the nexus 4 is back in stock on google play by the time you're ready to switch in June, you should definitely give it a look for use on tmobile.
     
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  14. Dulanic

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    Yahoo email app is a POS, it eats battery.. prob because it also eats bandwidth for no reason. I moved all my email away from Yahoo when they decided not to support push email except with their app.