Do you leave "cellular data" on 24/7?

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Do you leave mobile data on 24/7?

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  2. No

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  1. appleuser15, Jun 12, 2016
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    appleuser15 macrumors member

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    Even when you are connected to WiFi, and does it run out easier this way? I get 3gb a month on my plan and was wondering if I could make it last by having it switched on constantly.

    Edit. Does just simply leaving it on 24/7 drain the data?

    Thanks,
     
  2. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    I'm on Verizon and leave cellular data on all the time - uses about 3 to 4 GB each month. You might want to go into Settings > Cellular and set which apps can use cellular. That way you won't be wasting cellular data on apps that you don't use.
     
  3. janitor3 macrumors regular

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    I have Wi Fi Assist turned on, so I only use my data allowance if the wi fi signal is poor.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    If you are on Wi-Fi then it doesn't get used anyway so there isn't much need to disable it and then enable it again later when you are out and about and need it then.
     
  5. bufffilm Suspended

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    This ^^^
     
  6. bandofbrothers macrumors 601

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    As for wifi assist I have this turned off.

    I'll be the one to decide what happens in regards to connection type and not Wifi Assist.
     
  7. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Actually, you won't, unless you are indeed constantly toggling your cellular data on/off.

    Your phone already automatically hands off from wifi to cellular when the wifi signal is too weak. This feature merely adjusts the threshold to avoid a noticeable lapse in data.

    I can't imagine being so worried about my data that I'm constantly having to be conscious about toggling my cellular radios on/off. What a hassle. I have a smartphone and a data plan to make my life and experience more convenient, but many seem dead set on being sure their devices make their lives the opposite. Odd.
     
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    You do know that your post was superfluous...don't you?

    The op doesn't have udp so saying that you do, doesn't help or hinder him.
     
  10. BearBert macrumors member

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    And I'm just answering the thread title and explaining why its on "24/7".
     
  11. noodles5666 macrumors regular

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    Yes as I have unlimited data and a phone with amazing battery life. I only use WiFi when I use phones that have sub-par battery.
     
  12. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Yes. I leave mine on 24/7. I pay for Unlimited Data. I use Unlimited Data. I am not paying my provider to use my own WiFi or to use free WiFi when out to provide me a service I am paying THEM for.
     
  13. Tymmz macrumors 65816

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    I'm on unlimited mobile data and 30GB personal hostspot, I don't have wifi :)
     
  14. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I leave data on 24/7. I have so much built up data on T-Mobiles data stash that I will never use so I just leave data on. It doesn't affect the battery life at all.

    There are times when I am downloading something on uTorrent and it sometimes will slow down something else using that same WiFi so it's nice to be able to have my phone not be affected by that.
     
  15. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Why would using Wi-Fi be bad otherwise?
     
  16. noodles5666 macrumors regular

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    I never said it was. I have unlimited data and choose to use it. My Nexus 6P is a tank on battery life, so I have no need to use WiFi. The only reason I would use WiFi is when I need to conserve my battery.
     
  17. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, I have unlimited data and 14GB's per month to use for mobile hotspot.
    I never turn off cellular data.
     
  18. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    I think my data is turned on always but my phone auto connects to wifi when im at home/work etc
     
  19. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    mine is always on without fail. If wifi is on it shouldn't use any of your data anyway. Got unlimited so not an issue.
     
  20. webbuzz macrumors 65816

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    iPhone always on, iPad is turned off unless I am on the road.
     
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  22. cynics macrumors G4

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    I keep my data on 24/7. I have a work sim card so technically I could use as much data as I like but in an attempt to stay off the radar I divide the data pool by the number of phones and it works out to ~2gb.

    I'll stream music all day, use gps, browse the web, etc etc etc and rarely go above 2gb a month. Streaming video is what will kill your data plan.

    To answer your question, you don't need to turn off cellular, it will make little difference. Just use wifi as often as you can and use common sense.
     
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  24. appleuser15, Jun 12, 2016
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  25. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    If you're connected to wifi, why would cellular data be used even if it's on? When you're on wifi all data transfer happens through wifi, unless you have cellular assist or whatever it's called turned on. The only time I've ever turned off cellular data is when I was out of the country and didn't want to pay for international data.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 12, 2016 ---
    Exactly.
     

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