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Keep your call costs down by using iPhone WiFi calling

Your shiny new iPhone may be your pride and joy and it is not difficult to see why. This is an incredible piece of adaptive technology, which has turned what was once a simple mobile phone into an all-encompassing device that serves many purposes. Such is the diverse range of different uses you can put your iPhone to that you will soon find you are using it far more frequently than your old mobile phone and this can put a strain on your finances as not everything your phone will do, will be free of charge.

Data Allowance charges

For example, your iPhone contract will come with a stated data allowance each month and once you exceed this, then you will need to pay for additional data usage. Given that your iPhone may need to access the Internet several times a day, or even several times an hour for users who are seldom off their phone, your data allowance can quickly be used up and your phone can then start to cost you additional expense.

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Do not panic however as there is a simple solution and experienced iPhone users know that one of the best ways to avoid these excessive costs is to use WiFi.

The beauty of WiFi calling

It is relatively simple to understand how a wifi calling works on iPhone. When you access a service or app, or make a call, that requires a connection, your iPhone will initially search for the cheapest way to do this. Generally speaking, this is through a WiFi connection as you would have at home with a wireless router on a broadband system. If your iPhone can access this connection, then it will use this to complete the task asked of it cheaply. If not, then it will use a different system, such as 3G, to connect to the Internet, which is more expensive and eats into your data allowance.

While this means that at home we can use iPhone WiFi calling to make cheap calls and download things cheaply, it is more problematic when out and about, which is why many iPhone users look for places that offer free WiFi access.

Where to find WiFi

Finding these WiFi hotspots could not be simpler, you can download a useful app from the iPhones store called Free Wi-Fi Finder, that will locate where you can pick up free WiFi in your local area or indeed if you are further afield anywhere on the planet.

Keeping costs down with WiFi

Using free WiFi is the perfect way to keep your usage costs down. By utilising the power of the Internet, the app ensures that it can upload and download items to your device as cheaply and effectively as possible, without reverting to more expensive services that can eat up your monthly allowances and incur additional costs. You can cut costs even further by downloading apps from communications companies that offer fantastic low call rates, such as those offered by giants in the industry, such as the likes of Rebtel and Skype (see screenshots below).


The great news is that more and more establishments, restaurants, public areas and buildings, city centres and even pubs and coffee bars are offering WiFi freely to customers. Indeed, the question iPhone users need to ask themselves is not ‘where should I use my iPhone?’ but rather ‘Where shouldn’t I use my iPhone?”

Your iPhone is a fabulous machine and using it is a real joy and using WiFi to access all its features is by far the quickest, most reliable and cheapest way to enjoy the myriad of different features your iPhone has to offer.

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