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    Default How do I know I am using 3G or WIFI

    Friends,

    How do I tell if I am using 3G or WIFI if I am in a WIFI area and I want to use e-mail or internet etc?

    I want to be careful not to blow all my data so I'll make use of hotspots to do data stuff etc?

    Also, if I am using mail through my companies MS Exchange, how much data does it use to send/receive e-mails?

    Lots?

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    first question..

    you will see the symbol for wifi in the top left corner if you are connected to a wifi network. this will take priority over the cellular network.

    you can also check in the wireless settings and see if you are connected..

    how much data have you got??? surely this question would be dependent on how many emails you get a day etc, what you are downloading in them?( headers only) etc...?? im not really sure on this one though...
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    Wifi = upside down triangle symbol with stripes.

    3G = 3G characters.

    If you're logged into wifi, you should see the former, not the latter.
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    So anytime I have the upside down triangle, I will not be getting charged data rates to use any of the internet services?

    Once 3G pops-up, then I am using data?

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    Is there any documentation that says wifi takes priority and how would we know for sure that the connection we use is wifi instead of 3G or EDGE?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderstruck View Post
    Is there any documentation that says wifi takes priority and how would we know for sure that the connection we use is wifi instead of 3G or EDGE?
    I don't know if there is any documentation but it is a fact. It always tries to connect to WiFi and if it can then it will. You can be sure the connection your using is WiFi if the WiFI symbol is up the top, if it's a GPRS (a rectangle with a dot), EDGE (a rectangle with an E) or 3G (a rectangle with 3G) symbol then your not using WiFi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderstruck View Post
    Is there any documentation that says wifi takes priority and how would we know for sure that the connection we use is wifi instead of 3G or EDGE?
    Egh, can't remember if there's any documentation, but I can personally vouch for the fact that the iPhone uses WiFi over cellular network. As soon as I walk into my house, if WiFi is turned on in my settings, my iPhone will automatically connect to my network. As soon as I leave, it reverts back to 3G or GSM.
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    Does the 'Cellular Network Data' under usage provide realistic data use for monitoring your download limit?

    Since it offers data received and data sent, do I add them both or what?

    Also a question on screen brightness; should I slide the brightness to the highest setting and then switch-on auto?

    Also, I set-up MS Exchange for my work e-mail and turned-off 'push' and 'fetch' so it would only pick-up my e-mails when I manually requested. However, it appears to be downloading my e-mails every time it once pop's in?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisflyer View Post
    Does the 'Cellular Network Data' under usage provide realistic data use for monitoring your download limit?

    Since it offers data received and data sent, do I add them both or what?
    Yes and yes.

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    A couple more questions:

    I cannot seem to open attachments that come on e-mail, be it Excel, PDF etc. I tap on the attachment and the little wheel spins around, however it remains at 0 KB out of whatever instead of opening the attachment and the turn wheel just keeps spinning around and around?

    I assume also that if I use the 'push' feature and access my work e-mails via MS Exchange, I will be paying for this use as data charges? Not the company?

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