Will all apps work over wifi only?

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  1. BillS111, Aug 15, 2014
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    BillS111 macrumors newbie

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    Hello - I'm buying the iPhone6 when it comes out.

    I want to minimize my data usage. Will most/all apps download and work over wifi, when only wifi is on? It seems like some might not work (like Uber), because they use GPS, and they dont seem to use 'WiFi location'.

    Any thoughts? Thanks!
     
  2. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    Don't be a cheapskate and forget about getting some 200mb/month plan. Get a 2gb plan and be done with it.
     
  3. BillS111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nope. I'm getting a TMobile pay-by-the-day plan. No contract. I go for long periods w/o using a cell phone, then have bursts of activity (almost unlimited use is allowed on the days you use it).

    I spent $120 last year on my smartphone plan with TMobile. That's $10/mo.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Hmmmm…how about unlimited? I'm on Sprint, but you can get unlimited on T-Mobile as well.

    Blows the hell out of a 2GB limit. :D
     
  5. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    Unlimited, yeah. Hits 2gb and slows to a snails pace. Almost unusable.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    If you're on Sprint. :D

    Sprint doesn't throttle (unless you are in the top 5% of heavy data users connected to a congested tower). However, the network is bad in a lot of areas so it has the same effect.

    That's why I mentioned T-Mobile in my post too. Their network is good (in cities) and they don't throttle.
     
  7. BillS111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anyone have an idea on this? Will most apps download/work over wifi only?
     
  8. Winona Northdakota macrumors 6502a

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    No. Most apps work over what ever data connection. That is the point. You can customize settings to a point. You can limit which apps can use cellular and stuff like background app refresh, etc.
     
  9. Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    After a certain amount they do. 5gb I believe.
     
  10. BillS111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks.

    Oops. Sorry, i worded it wrong. I meant to ask "will apps work when you only have wifi on?"...... obviously all apps will work over cellular.

    So it sounds like they will work over wifi also. The reason i ask is that i couldnt get Uber to work over wifi (on an iOs emulator). But maybe that's because it was an emulator.
     
  11. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Apps don't care where the data comes from. The system manages that. The only app that won't work over wifi is the phone, but on some carriers even that will work over wifi if it is available.
     
  12. BillS111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome. Thank you!
    Would you happen to know which carriers allow that? Never heard of that.
     
  13. chabig macrumors 68040

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    In the US, T-Mobile allows wifi calling and iOS 8 will open the capability to other carriers.
     
  14. BillS111 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! I am going with TMobile anyway, for their pay-by-the-day plan. Wifi calling is a bonus.
     
  15. Winona Northdakota macrumors 6502a

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    Not all apps. Some are designed for use with cellular connection.
     

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