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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by nickstanley, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. nickstanley

    nickstanley Well-Known Member
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    I am new the Android world. What exactly is WiFi used for on a mobile device? Does it speed up the internet? Would it help get my gmail emails faster?
     

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  2. aaronmach1

    aaronmach1 Well-Known Member
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    great question, also why would do people use wifi on droid rather than 3g?
     
  3. cdmta

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    I use wifi for podcast downloads mostly. it would also be useful if you are buying an album on amazon mp3 service-that can take forever on 3G. of course, it depends on your home internet speed as this may be the same or slower than 3G at times.
    I don't think it will get emails faster, since those files are relatively small.
     
  4. barry99705

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    You'd use it for the same reason you'd use it on a laptop. My 3G speeds hover between 512k and 1Mb, my home DSL is 6Mb, work's is 10Mb. Most public internet connections are faster than 1Mb. Your downloads will be faster, and you don't use your data over 3g.
     
  5. aaronmach1

    aaronmach1 Well-Known Member
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    how do you use wifi instead of 3g and how do you know what one is on? do u have to turn on wifi everytime?
     
  6. Fadelight

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    My very first (But not my only) thought is when I am waiting at places like VIP Auto while they work on my car. I can't get a signal inside the building, but they offer their customers free wifi. :D
     
  7. cdmta

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    My understand is if you are connected to a wifi router, it uses that instead of 3g.
     
  8. barry99705

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    Yep, it will use the wifi before 3g. I think it will use the faster of the two, but I'm not 100% sure on that.
     
  9. blacklabel1783

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    I use my over 3g whenever i can. It is faster and you dont use as much of your vz data since the majority of peeps have a 5gb limit. But you will have to be using your phone alot to get to that limit. A lot of wirrless hotspots are password protected and some arent. But when you do connect to an anonymous hotspot, just be mindful. of what you send over that connection.
     
  10. colnago

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    If WiFi connection is active, it takes priority over 3G.
     

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