What are WiFi phones?

Otherwise known as wireless fidelity, WiFi is a new and extremely popular connection method for countless mobile phones. However, there is often a misconception that wireless connections are exactly the same as 3G or 4G services. Let us briefly examine the benefits associated with this type of reception as well as some of the reasons why a growing number of customers are choosing WiFi for their communications needs.

WiFi Phone

What is Mobile WiFi?

As the name may hint, the primary principle behind WiFi mobile usage is that any phone can take advantage of an existing wireless network signal (such as would normally be found within a pub, an Internet lounge or even within a metro station). Many modern phones have this capability built into their systems and this is an invaluable alternative when a traditional 3G or 4G signal may not be present. In the simplest of definitions, the signal of the mobile phone will “ride” along a wireless network.

Conversation of Mobile Data Usage

Most mobile phone plans offer only a limited amount of data usage per month. Some examples here could include 1,000 minutes, a specific number of SMS messages and a discrete amount of data usage (such as two or four gigabytes). However, all of these metrics are rendered irrelevant when employing WiFi from within a home or through the use of a public connection. Minutes can be saved and as a result, one’s overall mobile phone charges will be dramatically reduced. Additionally, utilising WiFi as opposed to a dedicated contractual plan can help to conserve valuable data minutes for when they are required outside of the wireless network coverage area.

Additional Benefits of a WiFi Connection

Perhaps one of the most pronounced advantages of mobile WiFi is the fact that it provides a redundancy that would simply not be possible through the reliance of a standard carrier. Let us look at an example to illustrate this benefit.

Imagine that you are in an area where the signal strength is notoriously poor. As opposed to having a call dropped or a data transmission lost, a WiFi connection can be established by entering a simple password that is valid for the corresponding network. No longer is the signal strength of the phone required. On the contrary, it is the wireless signal that is instead being utilised. Some great examples of this benefit can be seen when trying to establish a connection underground, within a building with thick walls or when visiting a more rural location. It should be noted that a growing number of quality providers are now offering WiFi mobile connectivity. Some recognisable names already include EE and Vodafone. It is rumoured that other carriers such as O2 and Three are not far behind.

It is clear to appreciate the benefits that are offered by mobile-friendly WiFi solutions. We should expect this feature to become even more prevalent as modern technology continues to advance.