Does wifi on iPhone use up my *home* data plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Krupke, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    May 5, 2012
    This may be a stupid question I can already guess the answer to, but I Googled and can't seem to find a response for it:

    I'd like to know if wifi on the iPhone is sucking up bandwidth (that I am being charged for if I go over the cap) from my ISP on my home internet connection? (I'm not conncered about any phone data plan, as I don't have one).

    I just discovered radio stations on the iPhone, and I'm wondering how much bandwidth on my home internet connection it will cost me if I listen to wifi-streamed radio all night, on my iPhone? Or a couple of hours a day of watching streamed tv on the Iphone?
  2. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    No. as long as the phone is using home wifi, you will not be using any of the mobile data plan. Just makes sure you have it turned off in settings / usage. Then whatever you do at home will use the wifi network you have created and will come under the control of any cap placed on you by your ISP.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    May 5, 2012
    So wifi on the iPhone DOES use up bandwidth on my home ISP account? Does anyone know how much bandwidth I am eating up, if I listen to streaming radio on the iPhone?
  4. macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2010
    Not enough to use up a home data plan. At least I hope not, or you're paying too much for too little.
  5. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    When you're connected to your home wifi then obviously you're using your homes data amount.
    When you're not you're using your carrier data. Either way when you're using data it comes from somewhere and if your home connection measures it then you're using that amount up.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Apr 30, 2012

    if you are connected to your home wifi, and using its connection, what other form of data would you think youre using?? wifi off = mobile data, wifi on = home data. if your ISP has a cap for bandwidth usage, your phone will be using it up just like your computer does. no offense, but yea its a silly question.
  7. macrumors demi-god


    Jan 30, 2012
    Barry, South Wales, UK
    2Gb wifi

    I have Vodafone as a service provider for my iPhone but what I don't understand is in my package theres 2Gb of Wi-Fi allowance how can this be if they don't provide my home wifi?
  8. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Does Vodafone offer wifi hotspots in public places? If so, that is what the 2GB is for.

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