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    Default Does the phone prioritize using wifi over cellular data when both are available?

    I have just an all around question. When you have your WiFi and your 4G on and you are connected to WIFI which one will ur phone use first? Or is your phone actually using both WiFi and 4G? I always thought it was WiFi then 4G if WiFi is unavailable.


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    If, you're connected to wifi, that's what your phone will use. If not, it'll drop back to your cellular data.
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    So its not pulling using both if they are both on? Correct?

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    Default Re: Just a general ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Charli View Post
    So its not pulling using both if they are both on? Correct?

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    It's not pulling from both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Charli View Post
    So its not pulling using both if they are both on? Correct?

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    Correct. Just pulling from wifi.
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    Clarified! thanks guys!

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    I use wifi when ever I am in a wifi zone then I turn off mobile data.
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    Are you turning off mobile data because u want to or because it saves battery etc...? Why turn it off if its not effecting anything?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Charli View Post
    Are you turning off mobile data because u want to or because it saves battery etc...? Why turn it off if its not effecting anything?

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    Mobile data uses more battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neonworm View Post
    Mobile data uses more battery.

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    If I dont need data that means I dont need 3G (4Gs a bit behind over here!), so as well as switching off data I also switch off 3G and use 2G instead.

    Makes a big difference battery wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Charli View Post
    I have just an all around question. When you have your WiFi and your 4G on and you are connected to WIFI which one will ur phone use first? Or is your phone actually using both WiFi and 4G? I always thought it was WiFi then 4G if WiFi is unavailable.


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    As stated previously, if your phone is within range of your wifi's signal it will use that instead of your 4g as it is much more efficient to do so. Now when you fall out of wifi range your phone will aitomatically default back to 4g.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neonworm View Post
    Mobile data uses more battery.

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    It especially uses more batgery if there is little to no signal at all. A phone will kill itself trying to find or maintain a dead/weak signal.

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    Now correct me if I am wrong but while on wifi there is no need to turn off mobile data because you are not using it, you are using wifi. You will not save battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TgeekB View Post
    Now correct me if I am wrong but while on wifi there is no need to turn off mobile data because you are not using it, you are using wifi. You will not save battery life.
    The radio chip will still remain on but it won't transmit unless you send/receive mms as they can't be sent or received over wifi.

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    You may want to check to see how your carrier handles MMS. IIRC, many times picture and video messages will be sent over mobile data rather than WiFi so if you turn off your mobile data you won't be able to send or receive them. I don't think there will be very much, if any, noticeable battery savings from turning off your mobile data unless you're in an area with bad reception.

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