I turned off Wi-fi :)

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  1. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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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?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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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.
     
  3. CatsTide macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  4. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    My LTE is over 3.5X faster in my apartment than my DSL 17.7Mbps vs 4.98Mbps
     
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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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.
     
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  7. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

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    I only use wifi at home. Don't trust public wifi. :eek:
     
  8. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

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    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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    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.
     
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  11. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

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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.
     
  12. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    True for few, but many cities didn't have rollout until 2012.
     
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    I walked by the Golden Arches this morning. It smelled delicious, and I was hungry, but I remained strong.
     
  14. greytmom macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  15. erratikmind macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  16. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Haha in my experience plain old 3G (in cities) is faster and waay more reliable than any free Wifi hotspots :)
     
  17. NYY FaN macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  18. articulatefool macrumors regular

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    I never use public wifi! That is the quick path to a security breach!
     
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    yuor will is stronk!
     
  21. iamthekiller macrumors 6502a

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    Your "unlimited" plan is only in your head, since you'll get throttled if you go over a certain limit.
     
  22. boomhower macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  23. scabioustona macrumors newbie

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    lucky you. what's your data cap?
     
  24. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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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.
     
  25. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

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    4GB. I could probably even get along with 2GB, but I like being able to tether.

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    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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