iPhone Guide 3 - An Explanation Of Networks and Wi-Fi Hotspots For Your iPhone

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Using your iPhone to connect to the internet is one of the major features of the iPhone so having it set up correctly is of significant importance when using your iPhone. iPhone connects to the internet whenever is uses Mail, Safari, YouTube, Maps, Weather, Apps Store or iTunes Store.

In this guide we will look at how to set up the iphone for the internet so you are able to access the internet at home or on the move.

The iPhone connects to the internet using either a WI-FI network or a mobile data network. If you are using iphone 4 skins or iphone 3gs cases make sure that they fit your phone correctly and do not block the antenna on the phone. iPhone does the following until it is connected:

  • Connects over the last WI-FI network you used, that is available

  • If you have not used a WI-FI network, the iPhone shows a list of WI-FI networks in the current location. Select a network that you wish to use and enter the password to join. Networks that require a password show a lock next to them

  • If no WI-FI networks are available or you choose not to join any of them, iPhone connects to the internet over a mobile data network

If a WI-FI network or mobile data network is not available then the iPhone cannot connect to the internet. Again make sure you are receiving a signal and you are not blocking the antenna with your iphone 4 skins or iphone 3gs cases.

Many WI-FI networks can be used free of charge, this includes in the UK and other countries. There are many WI-FI hotspots in the UK provided by your iPhone network. The speed of the connection varies in different parts of the UK, so if you are using your phone for large uploads or downloads then it will take longer to complete the action.

Some WI-FI networks require a fee to join them, to join a network at a hotspot where charges apply, you can usually open up Safari to see a webpage that allows you to sign up for a service fee. This is most common in hotels or service stations where the network is run by the company involved. The charges can range depending on the speed of the connection and how long you decide to spend at the location. If you are staying at a hotel for a few days then there might be a daily rate or weekly rate that the hotel will charge for using their network.

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