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    Default The fight to the death: WiFi vs the Mobile Network...

    Hey gang, a few things I am reporting today.

    I noticed that when my Mobile network was turned off, I still had the notification (3G/4G and the corresponding number of cellular bars representing signal strength) in the notification bar at the top of the screen; the number of bars I had were lit-up in white, while the 3G/4G indicator was light gray (because Mobile network was turned off). When I turned Mobile network on, the 3G/4G indicator lit-up white along with the bars, indicating that mobile network was turned on.

    I thought that it was interesting how even though Mobile network wasn't on, it still shows you the potential the Mobile network has. Nice feature if you ask me.

    Also, I tried out an experiment.

    I turned both WiFi on, as well as the Mobile Network. In this case, the WiFi indication was lit-up white, while the Mobile network indication was light gray (even though the Mobile network was turned on). In cases like this, WiFi will always take precedence over the Mobile Network, correct? And if WiFi signal was lost, the Mobile network would automatically be "turned on" (not really turned on (because it was already on), but I guess at that point, relied upon)?

    Thanks guys.
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    Default Re: The fight to the death: WiFi vs the Mobile Network...

    Those bars do not represent data connectivity directly, but the signal strength generally (for calls, etc).

    Quote Originally Posted by Preformer19 View Post
    I turned both WiFi on, as well as the Mobile Network. In this case, the WiFi indication was lit-up white, while the Mobile network indication was light gray (even though the Mobile network was turned on). In cases like this, WiFi will always take precedence over the Mobile Network, correct? And if WiFi signal was lost, the Mobile network would automatically be "turned on" (not really turned on (because it was already on), but I guess at that point, relied upon)?
    Currently almost everything will use WiFi if it is available and fall back to mobile data when it is not. The primary exception to this is MMS, which on most carrier/device combinations is routed through mobile data regardless of your WiFi state.
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    Default Re: The fight to the death: WiFi vs the Mobile Network...

    My One X shows network data availibility when I'm art home using wi-fi. One thing I HATE about this phone is that it always seeks WiFi and when I'm driving, it will grab onto hot spots at local stores (every major intersection on my area). So, my streaming music cuts out as I drive around because the phone switches from LTE to a distant WiFi hot spot and back.
    Really hoping the M8 will let me turn that off without having to turn off WiFi every time I drive.
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    Default Re: The fight to the death: WiFi vs the Mobile Network...

    Hmm...sounds like a bit of a problem, always trying to look for a network.

    Although I have all of my music downloaded, so it's not a big deal for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B0WIE View Post
    My One X shows network data availibility when I'm art home using wi-fi. One thing I HATE about this phone is that it always seeks WiFi and when I'm driving, it will grab onto hot spots at local stores (every major intersection on my area). So, my streaming music cuts out as I drive around because the phone switches from LTE to a distant WiFi hot spot and back.
    Really hoping the M8 will let me turn that off without having to turn off WiFi every time I drive.
    Doesn't it ask you if you want to connect first? Usually it's something like, "open network detected, would you like to connect?"

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    Default Re: The fight to the death: WiFi vs the Mobile Network...

    Quote Originally Posted by roflwaffleton View Post
    Doesn't it ask you if you want to connect first? Usually it's something like, "open network detected, would you like to connect?"
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    Not on the One X. It always prioritizes ATT public hot spots, which are all over North Phoenix (regular WiFi is different). I swore I'd ditch HTC and ATT because of it but, the M8 was too good to resist. Just crossing my fingers that it doesn't do this and that my car recognises it...
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    Default Re: The fight to the death: WiFi vs the Mobile Network...

    Quote Originally Posted by B0WIE View Post
    My One X shows network data availibility when I'm art home using wi-fi. One thing I HATE about this phone is that it always seeks WiFi and when I'm driving, it will grab onto hot spots at local stores (every major intersection on my area). So, my streaming music cuts out as I drive around because the phone switches from LTE to a distant WiFi hot spot and back.
    Really hoping the M8 will let me turn that off without having to turn off WiFi every time I drive.
    You can turn that off now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Preformer19 View Post
    Hmm...sounds like a bit of a problem, always trying to look for a network.

    Although I have all of my music downloaded, so it's not a big deal for me.
    Most devices will search for Wi-Fi networks every so often. I think AT&T "knows" where it's Wi-Fi networks are and might poll specifically when you might be in range of them. It wouldn't be so bad if it was smart enough to know when the signal is strong enough to be usable or not.

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