Recently i bought an Android handset, coming from a Windows Mobile device, I am extremely happy with it, as I find it way faster and complete than the other. Once I get spoiled by the care of details, and easiness of software, I decided that I wonâ€™t come back to Windows Mobile again (Iâ€™d rather use a dumbphone ).
Unfortunately, my operator requires that the device is locked on the HSDPA/UMTS band, otherwise will connect on the roaming network, making a trouble for my wallet. On my Windows Mobile device this wasnâ€™t a problem, there is an option to select which band use, but on Android apparently the user has only the choice to do:
- Disable data communication while roaming
- Disable the UMTS radio
The third option, â€œDisable the GSM radioâ€ is missing? No, itâ€™s just hidden! To find it, we need Any Cut, an application that can create on the dashboard a shortcut to almost anything. So, after installing it, letâ€™s create a shortcut to â€œPhone Statusâ€, and then open it. Scrolling down we will see an option â€œWCDMA preferredâ€, (that means â€œIf there is UMTS signal Iâ€™ll use it, otherwise Iâ€™ll go GSMâ€). By switching it in â€œWCDMA Onlyâ€, we will completely disable the GSM radio.
Even if I tried this only with my HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1), it should work on any other Android device such as the HTC Magic, Hero, and the upcoming Motorola Milestone and Acer Liquid. Of course it won't work with CDMA-only devices as the Verizon Droid or the Droid Eris