Why switch from 3G to WiFi?

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    Why switch from 3G to WiFi?

    I read a lot of people who set their phones to use WiFi at home, presumably instead of 3G. Is this a cheaper option? Does it use less data, is it just faster? What are the benefits to doing this?

    Since my Wireless is set to allow only specific MAC address components to tap in, how would I find my phones mac address?

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    Quote Originally Posted by niqueh View Post
    I read a lot of people who set their phones to use WiFi at home, presumably instead of 3G. Is this a cheaper option? Does it use less data, is it just faster? What are the benefits to doing this?

    Since my Wireless is set to allow only specific MAC address components to tap in, how would I find my phones mac address?

    Well this could be a big difference with AT&T's new data plan! I'm not sure how AT&T calculates it's data via WiFi, if they do. I would assume that by using 3G , you are using the networks Data and by WiFi, you are using your Internet Providers Data. By them limiting our plans, this could make a huge difference for many.

    As far as speeds, I find 3G speeds to be fast and tolerable, thus switching to WiFi really serves no purpose to me. I use 3G for browsing and WiFi if I'm downloading an application or updating.

    I'd really like to know what others think about this? hmmm?

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    3G is cellular wireless access to the Internet that definitely counts against your wireless providers plan.

    Wifi is wireless LAN that connects through your home Internet provider, if you're at home, or through someone else's Internet provider if your at a "hotstop" that provide it.

    Speed totally depends on your 3G provider, location, your ISP, DSL, cable, whatever.

    If you have a 1.5Mbps DSL line, you might sometimes get better speed from 3G. Sometimes not.

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    i use wifi at home
    it uses less battery and my home internet is way faster than 3g

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    10x the speed and more battery life. Do I need another reason?

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    I use my home network for two reasons, one is transfer files between my N1 and my PC over WiFi and the other is the 20 mbps Internet connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiercefire View Post
    10x the speed and more battery life. Do I need another reason?
    Like I said, it depends on each person's individual situation.

    For example: I can get 2Mbps from my 3G at home. If I had a 1.5Mbps (typical DSL), then my 3G would be faster.

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    3G speed at 256 vs wifi at home @50mg..

    Thats a no brainer, you all with ATT are in for issues with the cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T&C View Post
    3G speed at 256 vs wifi at home @50mg..

    Thats a no brainer, you all with ATT are in for issues with the cap.

    Not necessarily. When I had my iPhone, I used it religiously for college and my job as a police officer and my data was NEVER close to the 2GB DataPro plan that AT&T has released.

    Of course with the N1 running background apps, this could prove me wrong.

    Does anyone know how much data they average a month? Let me know!

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    Easy... no 3G in my town so its EDGE or DSL..
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