Phones forum

Question

android smartfone internet use

by nichosi / October 9, 2015 10:34 AM PDT

I inherited a sony xperia D2303 smartphone & when I rang vodaphone for internet prices they said as a valued old Vodafone user they give me 500mb for Free.

I went on line via my BT Infinity home Hub, found my inbox & sent an email successfully, then I downloaded & installed the free 465MB "co-piot" sat nav or mapping.
What I want to know is:-
1. What is that 500MB for?
2. does that 465MB comes out of the free 500mb the gave me?
3 Also does my going online, emailing or browsing affect that free allowance?
4. How can I check frequently if I exceeded that allowance.

Thanx ......nick

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: android smartfone internet use
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: android smartfone internet use
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Answer
Re: internet use
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 9, 2015 11:08 AM PDT

That 500 MB is used if you connect via 3G or 4G. Not if you connect via WiFi and your BT connection.

There are android apps to monitor the data use via Vodafone, but I can't tell you details about them. I'm sure somebody else can.

Kees

Collapse -
android smartfone internet use
by nichosi / October 9, 2015 1:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: internet use

Thank you,

No idea what is 3 - 4Gs let alone using them.

OK for usage, but how about costs when I do the things in my 1st post?

Collapse -
Re: costs
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 9, 2015 1:53 PM PDT

Using your own WiFi is free. Using any other WiFi is free also, unless it happens to be a WiFi you have to pay for by the hour or so.

Using data via Vodafone when there is no WiFi is not free, but covered in your subscription or taken from pre-paid balance (just like calling and texting isn't free). But it seems the first 500 MB of data is free, although you didn't tell for how long the offer lasts.

Kees

Collapse -
android smartfone internet use
by nichosi / October 10, 2015 2:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: costs

Hi again,

How does one know whitch wi-fi is not free?

I downloaded the Copilot sat nav for which I read that can be used offline, if so is that what you meant by "...Using data via Vodafone when there is no WiFi is not free..."?

Also that Copilot first says that is a free app & then that expires in 30 days?? Is this the usual policy for free staff in mobiles?

I will check with vodafone if there is a time limit on the 500mb.

I open the Google app icon of the mobile but can not see where to type a question in Google, like I do on my PC. ....thanx .....nick

Collapse -
Re: questions
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 11, 2015 1:12 AM PDT

- WiFi is not free when you have to pay for it (as used to be the case on some airports for example, or in a "internet cafe") with cash or creditcard.
- Offline is offline. Online via 3G/4G is connected via Vodaphone (like you need to be connected to call or SMS). Offline works when there's no reception of the Vodafine signal (for example, down in your cellar) because all data it needs already are on the phone . Online doesn't, because it needs a connection to get to the data.
- For online data from Vodafone you pay either via your Vodafone subscription (something like 100 minutes + 100 SMS + 200 MB per month for GBP 15) or prepaid (something like 10 pence per MB). You didn't tell about what this phone has, but anyway you can change it at any Vodafone shop.
- Questions on the validity of Copilot (free or 30 days trial) are for Copilot or Vodaphone, whoever invited you download it.
- For that google app, it seems best if you ask some friend or family member who has a smartphone himself to help you. I'm sure there is a way to tell Google what you want to know.

Kees

Collapse -
android smartfone internet use
by abiue21 / October 11, 2015 9:01 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: questions

Using data via Vodafone when there is no WiFi is not free, but covered in your subscription or taken from pre-paid balance (just like calling and texting isn't free). But it seems the first 500 MB of data is free, although you didn't tell for how long the offer lasts.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?