17 Sep 2018

MOBILE DATA VS WIFI: WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Is Wi-Fi better than Mobile Data or Mobile Data better than Wi-Fi and why?

Many people don’t know the difference between using a data or wifi and many people don’t pay attention to whether they are using Wi-Fi or data on their phones and tablets only if maybe when they run out of data. Wi-Fi is an abbreviation for “wireless fidelity”, allows your phone or tablet to connect to the Internet via a router or you need to be to be in the range of a router and connect to the network in order to access the Internet while mobile Data uses your device’s built-in cellular antenna to transmit and receive data through cellular service. This allows smartphones to connect to the internet, even when they aren’t around or using the phone at a point.

Cellular phones work much the same way as do the other wireless devices, Signals carrying voice, text, and digital data are transmitted via radio waves from one device to another. Mobile data access and experience will depend on several factors:  your cellular coverage, network congestion, and the speed and amount of mobile data available on your plan. We use Wi-Fi to connect devices to each other and to use it for Internet access, your tablet or smartphone connects (over Wi-Fi) to a wireless router—like the one you have installed at home.

Meanwhile, there are many factors to consider when comparing Mobile Data vs WiFi.

In the case of cellular networks, the data is transmitted not to a central hub in a small network of devices (as it is with Wi-Fi) or even directly from device to device (as it is with Bluetooth), but through a global network of transmitters and receivers.

When comparing the choices of Data vs WiFi one of the most obvious things to mention is value. Data plans from your cellular carrier give you a set amount of data (or “unlimited” and throttled mobile data) while for the same price or cheaper you can get a WiFi connection. Like many restaurants and retail shops now offer WiFi for free! Most of the time, WiFi is cheaper, more reliable, and faster for anything you need to do online. The only major benefit to Mobile Data is portability for access in areas without a landline internet connection.

Cellular data allows your phone or tablet to connect to the Internet via a cell phone signal. You need to have a cell phone plan that includes cellular data and be in the range of a cell phone tower to access the Internet. When you use your phone to access the Internet, without being connected to a Wi-Fi network, you’re using up the monthly allotment of data your cell phone plan allows. If you have a cell phone plan with a limit on monthly data, you may want to minimize your use of data by connecting to Wi-Fi when you access the Internet (especially if you have a shared plan).

Cellular can cover a wide range, even entire countries at this point. When you’re searching on your web browser or checking Facebook, you are consuming data. It can potentially be just as fast as Wi-Fi, but can be way more expensive. Cell phone frequencies vary depending on provider, many phones have both 3G and 4G LTE even 5G. 3G frequencies are usually between 800 and 1900 MHz, and can handle talk, text, and basic Internet functions. 4G LTE frequencies are a little different than 3G, same as 5G to 4G, 4G LTE started in the late 2000’s and is compatible with 3G, which means that it can handle talk, text, and data-heavy Internet and it’s frequencies are classified by Bands, which are groupings of radio frequencies used by mobile networks. Many mobile networks support up to 4 bands, ranging from 700 MHz (Band 12) to 2100 MHz (Band 4)

Wi-Fi connection security at home can be pretty good, depending on how locked down which varies based on your router model and its settings.

Knowing the difference between Wi-Fi data and cellular data helps you better manage your overall data usage and when you’re making your next tablets or phone purchase, you’ll have a keener understanding of which version you need either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular Data.

Smartphones support both Wi-Fi and Cellular connections and they also do a terrible job of switching between the two.

Sometimes apps or webpages won’t even load unless you turn off Wi-Fi to switch to cellular, even though there are settings that allow you to switch from one to another but speedify fixes all of these problems, letting you move from Wi-Fi to Cellular and back to Wi-Fi without over dropping a Skype call, going offline, or having your music stop.

Most time, while using your phone or tablet, apps may update without you realizing that it’s happening, you may receive notifications, and podcasts may download automatically too. And it is advisable to use Wi-Fi when traveling internationally, to avoid expensive charges for international roaming, even if you sign up for an international data plan, charges for cellular data outside your home country can be expensive.

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