Have just realised that I can connect to the internet on my mobile phone. Will this data usage accrue to my Home Broadband Internet plan usage and if so, provided I don't exceed my allowance, will I have to pay for an addtional service?
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Have just realised that I can connect to the internet on my mobile phone. Will this data usage accrue to my Home Broadband Internet plan usage
That depends on whether the handset is connecting to the Internet over the mobile network (also used for telephony and SMS message transmission), or by Wi-Fi to a router/gateway device that is connected to (or built into) a modem connected to your home broadband Internet service.
O.K., thanks It is probably via telephony because I use it for text messaging - I just didn't realise that would also connect me to the i/net.
However my Bigpond ADSL connection uses a Thomson TG782T modum which I understand can be used for WiFi, so the mobile phone could in theory be hooked into that, and my wireless keyboard and mouse, and I am told that if I were to buy an Ipod (which I am considering) it could also connect in the same way.
I have looked for and found the WPA and Wireless PIN numbers on the modum, and have found a website with instructions for setting up a gateway but don't know if that really is what I need to do. Can you point me in the right direction for doing this? and would it compromise my Bigpond ADSL plan if I were to use the modum for WiFi?
Thanks for your help. It is always difficult to know what questions to ask and how to phrase them but despite being in my seventies I really do want to be able to do this sort of stuff on my own with some guidance rather than get someone else to do it and not have a clue about what they actually did.
If your BigPond ADSL modem/router (the Thomson TG782T) has already been set up, by default, to use WPA for Wi-Fi security, then chances are it is already operating as an access point or ‘hotspot’ for end-user devices to connect to wirelessly, as long as they know the WPA passphrase that correspond to the network name (aka SSID); it would not be a trivial exercise for unauthorised users to connect to it, and use your BigPond connection to access the Internet (hence using up your home broadband plan's included allowance).
Which make and model of handset do you have? The instructions for setting different handsets up for access to Wi-Fi networks are quite model-specific.
Most, if not all, smartphone handsets are capable of:
and often can do both at the same time. Bear in mind that if you set your handset up for both, then it can switch how it connects without your knowledge and without requiring case-by-case approval by you.
Any mobile data usage over the 3G network will be billed to your mobile phone service. Most mobile phone service plans these days include some amount of data usage allowance in the monthly plan fee, but if your usage exceeds that, you will be charged additionally on a per-unit basis.
If you don't want to run the risk of additional usage charges above the monthly plan fees (for your mobile phone service and home broadband services), and you don't have a real need to be able to access the Internet on your handset (e.g. to receive e-mail) when you're outside of your home, then I suggest disabling 3G mobile data access on your handset, and only allow it to connect by Wi-Fi when in range of a router/hotspot. Again, the instructions would be quite specific to the model.
Great, thanks. I think I'll take the disabling advice.I don't really need to access emails or anything else from my mobile phone. I'll save your comments in case I change my mind at a later date