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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:52 am    Post subject: Smart Phone Reply with quote

The wife just got her an LG Enlighten android phone, the first for either of us. Sorry, I couldn't talk her into an iPhone! Confused

What I would like to know, if we use our own wifi setup with the phone, will the provider still charge it towards the data plan? The provider is Verizon.

Also, how will I know when it's using the home wifi and not the provider's 3G? She doesn't want to try the wifi until we know for sure she will not be charged.

Now days, who know what the providers will do. I guess I can call them and ask also.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WiFi is free, on free WiFi networks such as your home or free hotspots. On the iPhone, when the band signal (same as on a computer) is illuminated, it is connected to a WiFi network. My understanding is that when connected to WiFi, it takes precedence over the Verizon 3G data, so you shouldn't have any worries at home.

Downside is leaving the WiFi on all the time looking for a network appears to be a drain on the battery for an iPhone, would guess Android is similar but obviously I'm not certain.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're correct that Verizon's data plans are expensive for what you get. But I think, the purpose of using data on a mobile device for most people is to have it available on the go, away from home. Besides, without data from your carrier, it will limit the usability of many apps that use data and even gps. Without having data on a smart phone, it really limits its capability and reduces it down to a dumb phone. I haven't checked into what Verizon is offering lately, but some carriers require data plans with some smart phones. If you're looking to save money, you may want to take a look at your plan(s) and see if you're actually using all that you're paying for. If not, you may be able to save some $$$ by switching to a less expensive plan. Also, Verizon does offer employee discounts if you work for specific employers and for certain affiliations like credit unions.

Hope some of this helps. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should be safe to use my wifi to surf. It is a good idea to turn off the 3G if possible when not using it. Thanks for the tip on leaving Searching for wifi signal.

Verizon does charge a minimum data plan for their smartphones, 300mb for $20, which seems kinda small for that amount. I believe all providers require a minimum data plan, regardless.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Similar to an iPad or iPhone it should (read your manual) automatically indicate when a Wi-Fi network is present and then give you the choice to connect to that Wi-Fi network (generally a password will be required to join the Wi-Fi network). Once you have connected to the Wi-Fi network the phone will remember that Wi-Fi network an automatically connect you to that network when ever you are within range of that network.
Once you leave a known Wi-Fi network you are then automatically on the 3G network. There is no need to be constantly turning Wi-Fi and 3G on/off. It's an automatic process.
Learn the symbols on your phone. It will indicate through a symbol what it is connecting to.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. The more I use it the more I'm understanding! Very Happy
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