Stupid question. What does Wifi do if you are already on Verizon's Network?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by Underwhere, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Underwhere

    Underwhere New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0
    I know it's a stupid question but I'm still a little confused.

    Say I'm sitting at home with Wifi off. I can peruse the net by going to my browser.

    If I turn my Wifi on...well I can still peruse the net by going to my browser.

    So really what does Wifi do for me?
    Is it just for situations where you don't have any cell phone service (which is pretty much never for Verizon)
     
  2. thelion

    thelion Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2009
    Messages:
    338
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Oregon
    Ratings:
    +0
    Not a stupid question at all. Wifi tends to be a bit faster than 3G. In addition, there are (some) places where you may not have a network signal but there is wifi.
     
  3. lemodular

    lemodular Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2009
    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0
    Wifi is not a substitute for cell service if you are trying to make a call.

    To see which better, download the speedtest app to test and see if your wifi is faster than your 3G. In my case, my 3G is almost always faster at home so I just stick with that, but it is slower than wifi in some other locations.
     
  4. Underwhere

    Underwhere New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ratings:
    +0
    So if I do minimal surfing, then really I have no use for wifi.
    I don't recall the last time I was in an area where I didn't have cell service.
     
  5. silverx10

    silverx10 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Messages:
    196
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Ratings:
    +0
    Correct. WiFi has nothing to do with phone calls. Only internet-based functionality.
     
  6. lemodular

    lemodular Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2009
    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0
    Don't you love Verizon? :)
     
  7. 808droid

    808droid Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2009
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Location:
    Maui, Hawai'i
    Ratings:
    +0
    Your download and upload speeds will be much faster using wi-fi, so if you have a wireless router at home, go into your phone settings, select wireless & networks, click on wi-fi settings, select your wireless router name id, configure your password to connect to your router and click on the wi-fi box and network notification.

    So when are home your phone switches to your home wi-fi automatically, you can even configure other free hotspots like coffee shops, book stores, etc.

    It makes your DROID experience 100x more enjoyable, by being able to open Facebook pics in a flash, upload pics, download purchased music from Amazon Mp3 and more.

    There is a free app called speedtest, the same speed website to test internet speeds. You will notice a huge difference in your speeds using your wi-fi, for instance my 3g gets 900kbps down and 519kbps upload, on wi-fi I get 4784kbps down 1,029kbps upload. So if you want to use you DROID to the fullest, especially around hotspots, you will notice the supreme speed of the Android proccessor.

    That is really good speeds for a proccessor this size, my home pc get 10.40mbps (10,400kbps) down and .97mbps (970kbps) upload or measured in MegaBytes per second, larger than KiloBytes per second in Android speed, but much better than 3g.

    So, if you got it, use it, you'll love your DROID more!!!
     
  8. BillTheCat

    BillTheCat Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2009
    Messages:
    127
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Ratings:
    +0
    Another consideration... most folks will probably never use up their monthly data allowance, but the data sent over WiFi doesn't count towards your monthly data cap with VZW. (Remember, even the "unlimited" plan is really a 5GB cap)

    So if you are a heavy data user, WiFi can help save you from paying for overages.

    Whether WiFi or 3G is faster for you will depend on the speed of the wired internet connection you're tapping into & the router that's letting you in.
     
  9. silverx10

    silverx10 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Messages:
    196
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Ratings:
    +0
    Bill... the Cat... Wow, that takes me back. Big time. Anyway.

    The 5Gb cap only applies to the tethering plan that they'll be releasing next year. As it stands now, there's no cap to the data limit for just regular data usage. Went over the actual stipulations of the "unlimited data plan" last night, and saw no such mention of any sort of cap.
     
  10. CKyle22

    CKyle22 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009
    Messages:
    258
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0
    Wifi is MUCH MUCH faster than 3G.
     
  11. vonfink13

    vonfink13 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2009
    Messages:
    522
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Snyder, NY
    Ratings:
    +7
    i actually took my wireless router back to best buy...my 3g coverage at home is so good that even though the wifi was a bit quicker, the 3g is quick enough for me and it saved me $100...
     
  12. Milehighjc

    Milehighjc Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0
    Just one more thought - WIFI gets you speed, but at the expense of battery life. Its definitely worth configuring your WIFI connection and having it available when you need it. If you are using the power widget, its VERY easy to turn off/on at the touch of one button.

    For the first week, I left WIFI on most of the time as I was enjoying a lot of browsing, and downloading a lot of apps. Now, I leave it off most of the time to save the battery, and turn it back on when Im doing anything that is bandwidth intensive.

    With WIFI on I would have to recharge sometime in the late afternoon early evening, with it off, I make a full day on one charge.

    jc
     
Search tags for this page
what does turning on wifi do
,
what does wi fi do
,

what does wifi do

,

what does wifi do on a cell phone

,
what does wifi do on android
,
what does wifi do on android phone
,
what does wifi do on cell phone
,
what does wifi mean on a cell phone
,
what does wifi mean on a phone
,
wifi on cell phones what does it mean