Sunday, January 19, 2014

Preinstalled Apps safely disabled on a Galaxy Grand i9082

Preinstalled Apps I have safely disabled on a Galaxy Grand i9082, running stock 4.2.2.
How To: To disable you have to go to ‘Settings’->’More’->’Application Manager’->‘All then go to the relevant app then tap on ‘Disable’.
Take care not to disable all at the same time (I did not). Do one or two at a time then proceed after a few days when you are sure there is no problem. Restarting is a good way to check. Also if you are going to upgrade the OS then make sure you enable all these apps before you update the OS, to be on the safe side.

Yahoo News
Yahoo Finance
Google play music
Google Play Magazines
Chrome Browser
Google play movies
Google play games
Google play Books
HP print service plugin
Samsung print service plugin
Google Talk Back
Group Play
Google Text to Speech

I will be adding to this list as & when I disable more.
To enable follow the instructions given above in 'How To'. After going to the relevant app (which will found at the bottom of the list of apps in the tab 'All')  tap 'Enable'

Monday, January 13, 2014

Vodafone Auto renewable of pre paid plans stopped.

I got a sms today stating
‘As per TRAI guidelines auto renewal is not allowed on voice bonus cards from 12th January, hence Rs 34 local 40p/min bonus card will not be renewed post validity expiry. To avail the benefits of this bonus card for 30 days post expiry dial *444*34# or recharge with Rs34’.
But the interesting thing in the sms is, if anyone in Mumbai wants to use the BC 34 bonus card he can use the USSD code mentioned above.
If you extrapolate from this it means if you want to use a particular bonus card you can try *444*XX# (where XX stands for the name of the bonus card). I verified this on the 2G/3G page which shows a similar formula.