Well, I never really gave it much thought until recently. I know my past phones have removed the 4G icon when mobile data is off. Thing is, I have noticed slight mobile data use while mobile data is turned off. I suppose it is a reassurance that mobile data is really off if the icon is gone. I also note that the signal strenth in the notification bar represents the 4G strength, which, if turned off, shouldn't be measuring anything. IOW, the signal strength indicator does not reference the cellular voice stream. Now, I know that to send SMS data is part of the process, but even back in 3G days one could send text with data off. MMS is of course another story. Petty stuff perhaps, but on a 1 GB plan, every little bit helps. I know the G2 has a lot of features that were removed in the VZW version as far as settings and software are concerned. This could just be some other locked down aspect.
On the G2 you can go to settings, networks, network type and strength. The bars will never match usually. The voice will be stronger and the data weaker, you can match the strength there to the bars in the notification area. This would be with wifi and data enabled or separate.
I downloaded the app clean master (free) it is a great app for cleaning up files but it also comes with a toggle widget that is on the top of your phone and pulls down. You have to choose the option for 3 lines. It allows you to access quite a few apps the best part is you can turn WiFi off and DATA. You can still make and receive calls and texts. When you need to use data just pull it down and restart WiFi and data you will have to do it periodically so you can get emails and sync other apps. I hope this helps you
I can turn data and WiFi off from my G2 pull down. Cleanmaster I'd a redundant software with ad-bloated add-ons. Using avast free and ccleaner free are all you need. That Chinese company will have your phone packed with crap. But thanks for the suggestion. I wanted to say that the LTE radio remains on for HD calls, but I have that disabled due to the entire idea being a complete failure for the time being. I'll deal with this till Lollipop drops and I'll have to reformat my phone then anyway.
You're killing me. You didn't state that as a requirement did you? You know SMS uses the voice channel... So you rigged the challenge so one couldn't be successful helping you. I feel so... used.
Yeah, instead of SMS, and I presume for a few critical contacts, use something like Whatsapp (there are others) that can use a WiFi connection.
Some people... ya can't make them happy no matter what. (Don't be one of those people).