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Cell phone's wifi settings

By coatl
Apr 5, 2015
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  1. Hi everyone!
    I am new here, and have just spent the last 2 hours signing up and trying to figure out my question on this website and then trying to see where I a supposed to post a new question?
    So please forgive me if I am not in the exact right place... hopefully I am close though!
    Basically, I am not nearly as knowledgeable as I wish I was, but the internet connection configurational stuff is very confusing for me. But for now,my basic question is this:

    Does a cell phone's wifi settings interfere or conflict with data usage or tethering?

    (IE., why would I ever want to"turn off" OR "disable" my phone's wifi? Is there a disadvantage to keeping it on permanently, even though where I live I hardly ever (like 20% of the time) get a decent wifi signal? ) If not, then why does the option to turn it off even exist?
    I have been all over the internet trying to find out the answer to this!
    Also, where on the phone is the internet reception receiver? So that I know what part to be careful not to cover when using, and what part to aim toward my window...
    (Btw, I can use my 2 GB/mo. data, but would like to conserve it when possible so I dont run out halfway thru the month)
    Thanks so much for any tips!
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,342   +622

    First understand; without a wifi connection, you are pulling data across your cell phone provider's connection
    AND every by tallies against your data plan - - ie $$$$$

    That's the reason to use wifi whenever possible. !!!

    As to tethering, see the wiki
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,611   +336

    "Also, where on the phone is the internet reception receiver? So that I know what part to be careful not to cover when using, and what part to aim toward my window..."
    To the best of my knowledge, the edges of your
    phone.
     

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