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Free wifi and verizon data usage

Gunnyboy
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When utilizing a free wifi hotspot at a restaurant or hotel, as an example, does this use up my gb's on my verizon data plan using my smartphone?

  Thanks for any help....................

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Re: Free wifi and verizon data usage

tikibar1
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Using wi-fi at restaurants/hotels/etc. does not use your VzW data plan/data allowance.  You may want to turn off mobile data when connected to wi-fi for long periods in case the wi-fi connection drops.

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boringusername
Sr. Member

Why does this still get asked in 2018? wi-fi is not part of Verizon's network. The only way it is if you're using your phone as a hotpot or have a Verizon hotpsot.

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Gunnyboy
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Thanks Tiki,

I really appreciate this. New to smartphones and the android technology, so I'm a bit of an anachronism in world today. Goes with old age....

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boringusername
Sr. Member

Gunnyboy wrote:

Thanks Tiki,

I really appreciate this. New to smartphones and the android technology, so I'm a bit of an anachronism in world today. Goes with old age....

has nothing to do with android. All wi-fi is a wireless signal coming from a router to a device that has wi-fi antennas( such as a phone ). Most of the time the router is connected to a modem that is connected to internet access. of course if you're connected to that you;re not using Verizon's network you are connecting to someone else's ISP( internet service provider ). Your phone also has GPS and bluetooth which are also wireless technologies that also do not connect to Verizon's network

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sprmankalel
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I have to agree and disagree with you.

Of course you are correct on how WiFi works. However, by default, most newer devices are set to use mobile data if the WiFi signal is weak. Public WiFi connections can be very iffy and with this setting on, you do run the risk of using your mobile data unexpectedly.

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boringusername
Sr. Member

I was just explaining how wi-fi works the OP was asking( at least that's the way I inferred ) if wi-fi uses their Verizon data and of course it doesn't. As I said I'm shocked that in 2018 people are still confused over this and not just the OP because I've seen this confusion elsewhere even people I encounter in "real" life.

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sprmankalel
Leader

Oh. I totally get it. I also have to explain these things to people sometimes.

I wanted to add a little extra information without making yours seem invalid.

Re: Free wifi and verizon data usage

bearone21
Leader

because people don't know & ask!!

ya ever heard, the only dumb question is the one you don't ask???

Re: Free wifi and verizon data usage

Gunnyboy
Member

  Thanks to all for the information, especially with regard to turning off mobile data when using wifi.

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