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    Downloading text of webpages without images?

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    Downloading text of webpages without images?
    Is it possible with an iPhone 5 (7.1.1) to arrange matters so that Safari will download only the text of webpages but not any pictures? Presumably this would serve to reduce the data download for someone with a pre-paid cellphone card.
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    Downloading text of webpages without images?

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    On the same tack as the above, I will be using the iPhone essentially for phone calls for a while and restricting my internet use to when Iím at a hotspot. However, even if I donít go on the internet when I am, for example, in the car or walking along a country road, will the iPhone be using up the credit on my pre-paid card by receiving e-mails that happen to arrive at these times? Sorry to be dim but Iím new to the iPhone.
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    Downloading text of webpages without images?
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    You can set the Mail program on your iPhone to receive emails only when you manually check.

    I don't know of any way to force the browser to only download text and not images. Since you're looking to reduce your cellular data use, your best best is to simply not use the browser until you're in a Wi-Fi hotspot.

    If you own a Sprint compatible (read: CDMA) iPhone 4, 4S or 5, you might look at FreedomPop for a free plan that provides 500MB of data per month (and talk and text). I've been using the free talk and text part (no data for me cuz I'm on a GSM phone) when I'm down in the states and it has saved me quite a bit of money thus far. Details on it are here:

    FreedomPop announces free voice and data plans for iPhone | ZDNet

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    Downloading text of webpages without images?

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    Thanks for the helpful replies.

    Regarding the setting of Mail to receive emails only when you check manually: this was done in the Apple store when we bought the iPhone. However, there does not appear to be this option when using the Gmail app; or am I missing something?

    Yes, we are careful not to browse except when at a hotspot. And thanks for the tip about FreedomPop.

    Iíve now got the Text Browser and I guess reading Ďtext onlyí is more economical if for some reason we absolutely need to check a webpage via the phone link.

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    Downloading text of webpages without images?
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    Gmail app = not made by Apple, thus not subject to the iPhone's Mail preferences. I have no experience with the Gmail app, but I would imagine that there is (or should be) a way to turn off push.

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