I was not aware that the replacement phone would access the internet in that way. I cannot turn off the internet access, the phone has two settings: Connect when needed and Always Connect, I set it at "Connect when needed" when I first set up the phone. I also tried to delete all the internet providers in the settings but it said I must have one.
I have the phone as an emergency phone to make very occasional calls and texts on a cheap PAYG. I am happy to ask VM to turn off internet access but I would like my PAYG account refunded for the charges.
Anyway, this is what I did to turn the internet off.
1) Menu - Settings - Connections - I unchecked GPRS service
(I didn’t know what GPRS meant until now. From what I can gather, General Packet Radio Service is an always on system that connects your phone to the internet. If that’s incorrect, I am sure someone will correct me. If it’s always on, then ideally the phones should have be configured with the service deactivated with the user having the choice to activate it).
2) Menu - Settings - Connections - Network Account - I deleted Vodafone Network, o2 Network and o2 MMS (but could not delete Vodafone MMS).
Thank you for this helpful suggestion and have acted upon it. I have unticked GPRS , set Data Connection to "Connect when needed" and selected "Manual select" under Network Selection. I will also contact VM Customer service to request no Internet connection in my PAYG account. Problem is I have found the text service appallingly bad involving connecting with bots that I cannot understand what they want me to do. Perhaps I will ring and talk to a real person if I can put up with the wait.
Yes I would like to prevent internet access. The problem is that phone apparently triggered the access itself not myself. This phone is an emergency backup to make calls and send texts only that is why I want a calls and texts PAYG.
A refund of the two false charges would be appreciated.
I also have the problem with unwanted internet charges on my E12 phone. I have unticked the GPRS service box in the settings part of the phone. If Virgin Media Mobile would disable internet access in my account at their that would be appreciated.
Thanks for using the forums to get this issue with your mobile data services looked into, I am sorry if this has been causing some frustration. I would be more than happy to look into this for you and get your data turned off on our side.
I will send you a PM now as we need to pass security in order to make any changes like this.