who uses wifi on their 3g and why?

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  1. psudude macrumors newbie

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    I have a iphone 3g, and I am wondering if anyone uses their wifi on theirs a lot. I am home and sometimes use my wifi connection here, but not all the time. I am debating if I should just keep it on wifi when I am home, or should only use it once in a while.

    Just want to gauge what the overal consensus is about wifi usage
     
  2. NiroshanMan macrumors 6502

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    Umm... I use wifi 95 percent of the time at home and the other %5 is when the connection is lost so 3G kicks in. I don't know why you wouldn't want to use wifi, its much faster and doesn't kill your battery like 3G.
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    wifi uses less battery and is faster than 3g so I'll continue to use it.
     
  4. Aznsensation45 macrumors regular

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    and also, when you get your bill, you won't have like 50 pages of data transfer info, because you were using wifi. Wifi is so much faster...
     
  5. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    i only get gprs at home, so have to use wifi :)

    and out and about on o2 you get free wi-fi pretty much everywhere, and as others have said, its faster and uses less power
     
  6. ayale99 macrumors 6502

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    I use wifi all the time, at home and at work. That's why I couldn't justify upgrading my v1 iPhone to the 3G iphone. The only time I'm not using wifi is out on the street or pulling up a map in the car. Wifi rules.
     
  7. Ntombi macrumors 68030

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    Yep, I use WiFi as much as possible. Then 3G, then EDGE.

    I've dl/ul less than 70MB of data not over WiFi.
     
  8. TribalToy macrumors newbie

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    Wifi is easier to transfer pictures from my phone to a persons email, I take a lot of pictures with my phone so its easier to get on wifi to send them.
     
  9. iphonematt Guest

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    I only get EDGE at home so i have to use Wi-Fi at home.
     
  10. aman29 macrumors newbie

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    wait i have a question, on your bill does it show evey website you have visited?:confused:
     
  11. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

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    If they do, it'll list all the porn you were looking at over the past month! Hide it! Or else the Clerics will come after you for possession of contraband. And you can't escape from them. Especially if it's John Preston.


    Does anyone know if when connected to WiFi, does it turn 3G off? Or is it still connected to 3G unless you turn the 3G off under Settings?
     
  12. philgilder macrumors 68000

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    you're still connected to 3g
     
  13. Rybold macrumors 6502a

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    I use WiFi when it's available because it's fast and the connection is much more consistent than 3G or Edge. It's often faster to just stay on 3G though. Usually, WiFi is not available though, and if it is I probably have access to a full computer.

    They email all the porn sites you have visited to your mother.
    Lol. The bill only lists "total data" like the "usage" under settings on your phone.

    FYI: I'm typing this from the passenger's seat onacross country trip out in the middle of nowhere from my iPhone3G using EDGE.
     
  14. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

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    So to save battery life one would have to turn off 3G when using WiFi.

    Is it that much of a difference in battery life?
     
  15. psywzrd macrumors 68030

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    For all you guys that leave wifi on all the time, do you have it set up so that it just automatically connects to whatever wifi hotspot is available or does it ask you every time? The reason I ask is because I've always been told to leave wifi off unless you specifically need or want to use it because it kills your battery. If you do leave it on all the time, I would think you would have it set up to just automatically connect because that's the only way you can guarantee that your phone will always have a broadband connection (if it has to ask you every time, what's the point?). From what you guys are saying here, 3G is more of a battery drain so that's why you keep wifi on. Coming from Sprint and CDMA, I've always been told that wifi will drain your battery much faster than EVDO but maybe it's different with AT&T's 3G.

    If you leave it on all the time, does it always grab a 3G signal first or does it grab a wifi signal first and then switch to 3G or Edge when wifi isn't available?
     
  16. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Leave it off when you're AWAY from a hotspot.

    It will kill your battery all day LOOKING for Wi-Fi hotspots. It just keeps searching and never finding anything.

    When I'm at home I leave it connected to my home network and that seems just fine. I think it just checks in when it needs to and then ignores it when it doesn't. I haven't noticed a huge battery drain because of it.
     
  17. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    I use WiFi! And yes I leave both my router and my iPhone's wifi on all the time!
    Why- Speed!
    And battery isnt really that important a factor at home since in the end you're always near a power source!
     
  18. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    iPlayer from the BBC
    General browsing on the internet via the iPhone
    Skyhook has the MACs of local hotspots, so it helps with GPS times
    Battery
     
  19. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    I use wifi at home because its faster (i have 12.0mbps internet)

    i use 3G when i'm not at home (outside)
     
  20. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    It doesn't look for wi-fi, until you need to use it. There is no reason to turn it on and off. The phone knows to automatically go from wi-fi to 3G to Edge, depending on what is available. The only problem with that is it'll keep you on a weak 3G signal over a strong Edge signal. This has been discussed here before.

    And no there is no way to see what your surf as long as you clear the history on the iPhone itself.
     
  21. psywzrd macrumors 68030

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    So what you're saying here is that as long as you have a 3G or Edge signal, the iphone will not look for a wifi signal. As soon as you lose 3G or Edge, the iphone will look for an available wifi signal. Is that accurate? In other words, the iphone looks for 3G, Edge, and wifi in that order?
     
  22. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    If wi-fi is on it looks for that first when you use safari, or check mail or whatever you use that uses data. Then if that isn't available it goes to the second option 3G, then if it can't find that it'll drop down to Edge. If your just walking around with the phone in your pocket it's not looking for a wi-fi signal, unless it needs to use it. I.E. to check your mail.
     
  23. mBox macrumors 68020

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    since Im paying $30 for 6GB, I can help but use the the 3G at all times :( Im almost at 30 days and I havent even gone over 300MB :p and I try to abuse this a lot!!
     
  24. profetto macrumors regular

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    Same here, I assume you're with Rogers?

    With 6 gigs of data I try to abuse 3G likes its going out of style, only managed to hit like 200 megs the first few weeks though, lol, not even a dent!!!

    Although now that tethering is possible with NetShare, I'm going to be getting my money's worth. ;)
     
  25. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Both of my phones stay on WiFi while I am at home and it barely uses up any battery at all. I can't get 3G in my basement so I leave it on WiFi.
     

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