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How to use wifi

oxfordlee007

Feb 9, 2011, 10:42 PM
I will be buying my first smart phone soon, question, what's the difference data charge and WiFi? WiFi is free? I'm thinking about getting the cheaper data plan and use the wifi for free, is this possible? Can I just use mostly WiFi so that I don't go over my data plan. Live in NYC and free WiFi is available in many locations...
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DoubleHelix

Feb 10, 2011, 9:33 AM
oxfordlee007 said:
I will be buying my first smart phone soon, question, what's the difference data charge and WiFi? WiFi is free? I'm thinking about getting the cheaper data plan and use the wifi for free, is this possible? Can I just use mostly WiFi so that I don't go over my data plan. Live in NYC and free WiFi is available in many locations...


you cannot get the cheaper data plan, 29.99 is your only choice so there is no savings. Wifi is free where you can get it and it will allow you to talk on the phone and surf the net at the same time.
Wifi is not used for voice, so.....
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oxfordlee007

Feb 10, 2011, 9:53 AM
I know Verizon's data plan is 29.99, I might go with AT&T's $15 data plan, if I can use the WiFi so that it doesn't count towards $15 200MB data plan...Another word, can I just use free wifi instead of AT&T data plan? and only use AT&T data if wifi is not available? Thanks...
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DoubleHelix

Feb 10, 2011, 9:56 AM
Yes with AT&T you can do that. If you use Wifi wherever possible it is:
A) faster than any 3G network
b) free

The problem comes in when you try to force it to only use wifi. It should be the first order of preference but you can't shut the 3G signal off since you won't get voice calls then.
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oxfordlee007

Feb 10, 2011, 10:37 AM
Thanks DoubleHelix. So when I use wifi, it doesn't count towards $15 200MB data plan at all? Just wondering, how come more people don't use this option, get cheaper data and use wifi much as possible...TMobile 200MB data plan is only $10...
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DoubleHelix

Feb 10, 2011, 10:41 AM
Don't know but I know that when I am at home I always use the wifi simply because it is much faster.
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johnnyb0810

Feb 11, 2011, 6:47 PM
The reason why I don't get the cheaper is because i would much rather use pandora radio outside my house. There is no major wifi hotspots in my town and loading the iPhone with pointless songs I will tire of and have to resync every day (also, no telling what genre or songs I'm in the mood for that day) it simply works out better to have as close to unlimited as possible. Doctors visits and things of that nature can be very tedius without netflix or youtube to make it go by faster.
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