I turned off Wi-fi :)

zorinlynx

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Today I turned off Wi-Fi in McDonald's, because LTE was actually faster than the mcdonalds Wi-Fi. It's the first time this ever happens to me.

It's so awesome to finally have cellular data that is at least as fast as Wi-Fi is. :)

Anyone else have similar experiences?
 

maflynn

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Downside of turning off wifi is that you're eating up your quota.

Many places use the slower 802.11 standard which means your LTE will be faster.
 

CatsTide

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Yep...Luckily I'm still on unlimited data so the only time I turn on wifi is at home when I wirelessly sync.
 

MrXiro

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Today I turned off Wi-Fi in McDonald's, because LTE was actually faster than the mcdonalds Wi-Fi. It's the first time this ever happens to me.

It's so awesome to finally have cellular data that is at least as fast as Wi-Fi is. :)

Anyone else have similar experiences?
My LTE is over 3.5X faster in my apartment than my DSL 17.7Mbps vs 4.98Mbps
 

Dwalls90

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This is exactly what carriers want you to do.

Faster data speeds, with lesser allotments per dollar. Don't turn WiFi off.
 

zorinlynx

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This is exactly what carriers want you to do.

Faster data speeds, with lesser allotments per dollar. Don't turn WiFi off.
I was only doing light web surfing, which doesn't use much data. The biggest difference wasn't so much bandwidth but latency. LTE was giving me instant page loads, whereas Wifi was taken forever.

At work and at home where the Wifi is decent, I just leave it on. But this McD's was surprisingly, horribly bad. Oddly enough there were only about five people in the store and none seemed to be using the internet, so whoever provides their internet connection must REALLY be having problems.

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yes welcome to 2011, LTE is great.
It's not MY fault decent LTE phones didn't start coming out until this year!

Until this generation of phones it was a choice between a big bulky brick of a phone or crappy battery life if you wanted LTE.
 

zorinlynx

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LTE is awesome. MCDonalds is not.
I'm going to agree there. To be perfectly honest, I had a Big Mac attack. I hadn't eaten there in months and decided to indulge.

That, coupled with the fact that I wanted to get the heck off campus for lunch, led me to the golden arches.
 

CSpackler

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I'm going to agree there. To be perfectly honest, I had a Big Mac attack. I hadn't eaten there in months and decided to indulge.

That, coupled with the fact that I wanted to get the heck off campus for lunch, led me to the golden arches.
I walked by the Golden Arches this morning. It smelled delicious, and I was hungry, but I remained strong.
 

greytmom

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I've always turned it off in public places... very rare to find a public wifi that's faster than even 3G, in my experience.
 

erratikmind

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I always use wi-fi at home or at friend's and families' homes. Everyone has speedy connections. When in public wi-fi, I opt to use VPN mode. Now, depending on what I am doing, if public wi-fi is too slow, I switch to LTE. Unlimited data is good to have. However, I still use it wisely, because there may be a time when I will need my LTE data, prior to the 5gb ATT cap.
 

mrsir2009

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Today I turned off Wi-Fi in McDonald's, because LTE was actually faster than the mcdonalds Wi-Fi. It's the first time this ever happens to me.

It's so awesome to finally have cellular data that is at least as fast as Wi-Fi is. :)

Anyone else have similar experiences?
Haha in my experience plain old 3G (in cities) is faster and waay more reliable than any free Wifi hotspots :)
 

NYY FaN

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I have 40mbps dl at home at 60 at work so I keep wifi on all the time. I use LTE when I'm out. I never connect to public wifi spots, even when I had 3G. Never trusted them.
 

articulatefool

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Today I turned off Wi-Fi in McDonald's, because LTE was actually faster than the mcdonalds Wi-Fi. It's the first time this ever happens to me.

It's so awesome to finally have cellular data that is at least as fast as Wi-Fi is. :)

Anyone else have similar experiences?
I never use public wifi! That is the quick path to a security breach!
 

boomhower

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For those of you on Verizon unlimited please do everyone a favor and use your head. Go nuts using 20GB's a month and you can rest assured we will join AT&T unlimited a throttled train. Use your heads guys.
 

scabioustona

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Today I turned off Wi-Fi in McDonald's, because LTE was actually faster than the mcdonalds Wi-Fi. It's the first time this ever happens to me.

It's so awesome to finally have cellular data that is at least as fast as Wi-Fi is. :)

Anyone else have similar experiences?
lucky you. what's your data cap?
 

dontwalkhand

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If you don't use any of the cool features like AirPlay and AirPrint then more power to you turning Wi-Fi off. I use them almost daily so Wi-Fi must be on.
 

zorinlynx

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lucky you. what's your data cap?
4GB. I could probably even get along with 2GB, but I like being able to tether.

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If you don't use any of the cool features like AirPlay and AirPrint then more power to you turning Wi-Fi off. I use them almost daily so Wi-Fi must be on.
I only turned off Wifi in that specific McDonald's that had slow Wifi. It's normally on, especially at home where I have a FAST business class cable connection.
 
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