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Essential WiFi guide: How NOT to kill your traffic plan

Essential WiFi guide: How NOT to kill your traffic plan

By  GB Blog Official 2018-07-03 1838 1

Anyone without an unlimited data plan must learn to use WiFi the smart way. These 5 Tips will show you how to do it effortlessly.

wifi for smartphone

1. Wi-Fi Radio

Many cell phones have a Wi-Fi radio included, so you can connect to the Internet using your regular Internet connection instead of using cell service.

This approach lets you browse faster and save on data costs.

Your downloaded data won't count toward you data limit.

Some carriers also allow you to place calls using your Wi-Fi network.

Be careful: these may or may not count such calls toward your monthly minutes.

2. Wi-Fi Data

Smartphones can connect to the Wi-Fi network in your home or at a public hotspot, just like a laptop can.

While using Wi-Fi, your phone will not use up any data from your data plan.

This makes Wi-Fi the best way to download large files or watch videos.

Unless your Internet provider has a data cap, browse and stream without limits.

3. Wi-Fi Calling

Most phones and networks still require a cell connection to place calls, even while browsing the Web through Wi-Fi.

Certain carriers offer dedicated phones with Wi-Fi calling.

These phones can place calls over your Internet connection.

This allows you to use the phone even if you have no cell reception.

Some carriers provide free Wi-Fi calling separate from regular call minutes.


VOIP - Voice over IP

4. Voice over IP

Even if your cell provider does not offer Wi-Fi calling, you can still place calls using your Internet connection using Voice over IP services such as Vonage or Skype.

To use these services, download an app and create an account with the provider.

A VOIP call over Wi-Fi will not pass through your cell provider.

Depending on your carrier, you can also make VoIP calls while on a cell Internet connection (e.g. 3G), but this will use your cell plan's data.

5. Picking a Phone

If you want to use Wi-Fi services on your phone, you need to have a compatible phone.

In general, all smartphone brands can connect to Wi-Fi for data, but most regular cell phones cannot.

Wi-Fi calling requires separate phone features, further limiting the selection.

In particular, the iPhone does not support Wi-Fi calling as of iOS 6.

Wi-Fi calling also requires a compatible cell provider and cell plan.

 You may also want to read:
 How to use phone hotspot on Android iPhone & WinPhone?
 Country-based mobile phone network frequency bands coverage guide


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