4 benefits of Wi-Fi phones
can be a valuable asset to smartphone users in a number of ways. There
are more ways to get connected to your network every day — like 3G or
4G/LTE/WiMAX, Bluetooth USB, and in some cases, even HDMI ports to
connect your phone with other hardware and services — but a Wi-Fi phone
can save you time and money in the long run. Here's how:
- Lower data charges:
By connecting to the Internet, reading your email or downloading files,
apps and photos via a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can save your wireless plan's
monthly data allowance for times when you're on the go. By getting into
the habit of using a Wi-Fi connection whenever possible, you'll make
going over your wireless plan's data cap much less likely — and avoid
overage charges. Chances are you'll also be saving data chargers by
using Wi-Fi at home and at work.
- Download speed:
When it comes to download and upload speeds, a wireless data connection
is no match for the likes of Wi-Fi Internet. By using Wi-Fi to download
and upload files, you'll be done in record time, which means more time
enjoying the latest apps, social networking features, music and
everything else that your handset has to offer.
- Video and VoIP calls:
With a Wi-Fi connection, you can use services like Skype and Vonage to
make video or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls to your friends,
business contacts and loved ones. That can help you save minutes, which
could allow you to opt for a less expensive plan with fewer minutes,
while also avoiding overage charges. In the case of video calls, what
could be better than seeing a long-distance relative or friend on video
for a truly personal connection?
- Cool stuff:
When you mix a smartphone with Wi-Fi with the right apps and equipment,
cool things can happen. Wi-Fi–connected handsets can actually remotely
control home theater equipment — like Roku or Boxee Box — or
home-automation functions, like turning your lights on or off. You can
even connect remotely to your work or home computer to manipulate,
create or print files — whether you're across town or across the globe.
Now that you're a Wi-Fi expert, learn more about getting the perfect smartphone for you.
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