iPhone 5c wifi & cellular connectivity

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Bob Wiswell
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iPhone 5c wifi & cellular connectivity

Post by Bob Wiswell » Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:17 pm

Have a new iPhone 5c. I understand how to set up and connect to a wifi site, especially, my home network. I understand that the phone sees, and shows, my wifi network and it displays the icon for wifi and my verizon cellular connection at the top of the phone.

My question is: when at home and the wifi is present does the iphone preferentially use the wifi connection when I want to use the internet? For example, when I go to my e-mail does it do it over the wifi network as opposed to using cellular minutes to make the connection.

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Re: iPhone 5c wifi & cellular connectivity

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:08 pm

My question is: when at home and the wifi is present does the iphone preferentially use the wifi connection when I want to use the internet?
Yes.

Any more questions? :)

Also, your iPhone will remember any WiFi it's been connected to and automatically switch to that network when it detects it.

There are a couple of gotchas. If the network requires a sign-in each time, you'll have to do that. A couple of examples: at Safeway, you can sign in to their free WiFi network. But you have to sign in each time, accepting their terms of service. The same goes for the PA "free" one-hour WiFi.

On the other hand, if you visit a spot that has WiFi that doesn't require a sign-in each time, your phone will connect automatically and without any fuss. One example is the North Olympic Library System's WiFi. Walk into the library and you're connected automatically. Same for SMUG's WiFi. And Koenig Chevrolet/Subaru. That's also probably true for any home or apartment you visit normally, and where you can sign in once.

Also note that Verizon has enabled LTE for much of Port Angeles, so your download speeds will likely be as good as you get on many WiFi systems. I've even streamed iTunes Radio for an hour or so at a time while driving and have never exceeded my nominal download minutes.

Just watch your bills for a few months, and you can get a good idea of how your minutes add up.
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