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Does Connection Optimizer enable and disable roaming?

Ting LiTing Li FreedomPop Newbie Posts: 25
In Mobile Networks Settings, does "Connection Optimizer (Automatically Select the best mobile network)" with a checkbox enable and disable roaming?
What does it do?
Thanks

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  • Robert ZimmermanRobert Zimmerman FreedomPop Newbie Posts: 95
    From page 91-92 of the user's manual:
    About Connections Optimizer

    The Connections Optimizer helps you manage and enhance your data experience by finding and connecting to "remembered" Wi-Fi networks on your phone. Remembered Wi-Fi networks are networks with which you have previously chosen to connect. Active Wi-Fi connections may offer improved performance and generally improve battery life while allowing you to talk on the phone and use data at the same time.

    The Connections Optimizer works by searching for available "remembered" Wi-Fi networks. If you do not leave your Wi-Fi antenna on all the time, you will only notice the Connections Optimizer operating at certain times of the day in a small number of locations on the network. Your Wi-Fi antenna will conserve battery by scanning for connections periodically (not continuously), and if no connection is achieved, the antennas will be turned off. You may also manually turn the antennas off during the scan period.

    To facilitate quality assurance and enable feature enhancements, information is collected about your battery levels, Wi-Fi and network connections and usage. No personal information is collected.
    In short, it does not disable roaming - it just switches off your mobile data and switches on your WiFi when you are in range of a saved network. When you leave the range of your saved networks, it switches you back to mobile data.
  • Ting LiTing Li FreedomPop Newbie Posts: 25
    Thanks.

    Does Kyocera Hydro Icon a setting for controlling roaming? Sprint's online tutorial says Kyocera Hydro Vibe has "roaming" instead of "connection optimizer" in the same place as Icon.

    If no, is there an app that enables or disables roaming? If yes, does it require root? (Haven't found how to root Icon yet)

  • Robert ZimmermanRobert Zimmerman FreedomPop Newbie Posts: 95
    Ting Li said:

    Thanks.
    Does Kyocera Hydro Icon a setting for controlling roaming? Sprint's online tutorial says Kyocera Hydro Vibe has "roaming" instead of "connection optimizer" in the same place as Icon.

    If no, is there an app that enables or disables roaming? If yes, does it require root? (Haven't found how to root Icon yet)

    There is no mention of disabling roaming in the user's manual and I can't recommend any apps that can toggle roaming reliably on KitKat. There are quite a few apps on the Play Store that you can test, but I have no input as to whether or not they will work.

    Additionally, rooting the Hydro Icon on KitKat is hit-or-miss for some reason. A few people have reported success with King Root, but many more people have reported failure with every root method out there.
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