Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 7:32 AM (in response to charwingz)
The iPhone will prefer a wireless WiFi connection if it is available..
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 7:33 AM (in response to charwingz)
Already setup that way. iPhone will use WiFi, if available, over cellular data.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 7:34 AM (in response to charwingz)
I think you are confusing the tecnnology just a bit, WiFi is wireless, the other service a smart phone uses is cellular. While cellular is a radio transciever it is not the same as wireless, aka WiFi. WiFi is an industry defined standard form of wireless.
That aside, the iPhone discriminates between signals, and chooses the strongest signal. In most cases that means the WiFi is chosen over the cellular for data transmission. Only when there is a very poor WiFi signal will an iPhone use the cellular for data handling.
Does that help a little with the decision? My iPhone always uses WiFi when available from my experience.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 7:56 AM (in response to Ralph Landry1)
problems with terms always.. but yes I was attempting to make a very careful distinction between a cellular connection that drives a mobile phone -- what I was perhaps incorrectly calling 'wireless' -- and wireless internet (WiFi) connectivity that does NOT involve direct connection to a cellular tower and does not support a mobile phone. Am trying to minimize impact on data plan .. should I decide to finally take the plunge and go with a smartphone. What I'm doing now is a cheap non-smartphone (Samsung Zeal/Alias) with an iPodTouch5G where the latter supports everything an iPhone can do except be a phone and is dependent on access to a WiFi connection.
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Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 7:58 AM (in response to charwingz)
Downloaded the Iphone manual and searching on the word WiFi produced zilch.
Search using "wi-fi". http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 8:03 AM (in response to charwingz)
I was just trying to make sure we were insync on the terminology so we did not miscommunicate about your question.
With an iPhone you have a lot of means to handle information, not just the usual phone and data and WiFi, but if you have people with iPhones, or iPads, or Mac computers you can all setup accounts (free) in iCloud and communicate by iMessages that do not go through the normal cellular provider data bundle. They use cell or WiFi and communicate with each other and the messages are not taken out of your messaging allowance.
Also, when you have WiFi available you can use FaceTime for telecommunication with another iDevice, do that with family weekly...great way to communicate.
There are many things you can do that minimize the cellular service charges or limits if you just keep track of how you are connecting with others.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 8:26 AM (in response to charwingz)
Gheez, how complicated can we make this...
"iPhone will use WiFi, if available, over cellular data."
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 10:32 AM (in response to paulcb)
I was in a hurry - didn't think of adding the hyphen
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 10:33 AM (in response to charwingz)
Understood... I did the same and had to manually look to see how they spelled it.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 10:42 AM (in response to wjosten)
thanks but what I'm seeing is people forgetting the question and getting off into discourses that while somewhat relevant are completely not germane to what was asked. I have zero interest in stuff like facetime (texting, skype, etc. - stuff that is platform agnostic -- yes). My concern are my other apps that need connection to the internet -- whether by cellular (what I was calling wireless) or by WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n - preferably n). And.. whether the iPhone can be configured .. when using apps that need an active connnection to the internet .. to use WiFi by default and only jump to Cellular if it's not available. But anyway - I can check the manual. And will.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 11:00 AM (in response to charwingz)
My god man, your question was answered in the very first reply you received!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 11:17 AM (in response to JimHdk)
OK -- it was .. but chalk up my irritatoin to it's Friday. and it's been a long week..