Most wireless devices can connect to the Internet through their cellular provider, Wi-Fi or both. Wi-Fi operates as a separate option from cellular data, so data acquired through a Wi-Fi network does not deduct from your cellular data allowance. In fact, most devices default to the WI-Fi network when both options are available, so you can save on data charges.
Saving on Data Charges
Although some cellular providers offer unlimited data plans, most plans limit the amount of data you can use, or they reduce speeds after a certain data allowance. If you go over your allotted amount on limited plans, data could be turned off or you might be charged overage fees. To preserve the limited data you have, use Wi-Fi when available and save the network information, so your device automatically connects when the network is available.
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