(BPT) – Access to cellular data has become the lifeblood of communications in the 21st century. We stay connected to keep up with news, weather and sports, listen to music, check email, watch movies and videos or grab new apps that let us do even more. With today’s technology, a few clicks on your smartphone screen can bring the whole world into the palm of your hand.
This is great news for cellular providers, who ply us with increasingly large (and increasingly expensive) data packages to feed our modern need to surf and stream wherever we go. However, it may not be such great news when your cellphone bill arrives each month and you find yourself ponying up big bucks for cellular data.
So what’s the easiest way to stay connected without breaking the bank? Fortunately, the answer is now all around us.
Find the hotspots
Wi-Fi networks (“Wi-Fi” is short for wireless fidelity) are available just about anywhere you go these days, from hospitals to coffee shops to hotels to department stores. By connecting to Wi-Fi, it’s possible to stay connected all day long without using any of your cellular data. With rare exceptions, it’s completely free.
Wi-Fi technology allows you to connect smartphones, laptops or tablets to the internet through a communal access point, or “hotspot.” The resulting data usage is not occurring on your mobile network, meaning it does not count against the data on your cellphone plan.
It’s easy to connect to Wi-Fi by turning it on in your smartphone’s settings. By leaving it on, your phone will always be…
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