Do you get charged for Wifi?

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Do you get charged for wifi ?
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No, absolutely never, Morgan :)
However if your concern is not to use data ever, you might make sure to switch that off (in case you're not on WiFi occasionally) :)
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In your Android settings, go to Wireless and Networks, then click More => Mobile Networks => Untick "Data enabled" and "Data Roaming"
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So if we use wifi at home then we don't get charged?
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Correct. You can use Wi-Fi anywhere you like provided there's a Wi-Fi signal, (e.g. coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, etc) and you won't be charged for data usage. As a precaution, make sure you have mobile data turned off so that your phone doesn't use data when you get out of range of a Wi-Fi signal.
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How do I confirm that my mobile data is turned off after I leave a restaurant Wi Fi hotspot?
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If mobile data is turned off, you won't see the 4G icon/indicator in the notifications area. Assuming you have an Android device, installing a data toggle widget on your phones' home screen is another way to instantly confirm whether mobile data is enabled or disabled.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...

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Short answer :)

No.
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Morgan Hedden

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Thank you :)
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Good answer, rikkster. I especially liked the graphics. Sometimes, a picture really is worth a 1,000 words.
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Glad to be of help Mike and welcome to the community.
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What if you live in Canada and are travelling to the US? can you use wifi in the states and not get charged?
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You may have to pay the provider of the WiFi for the privilege of connecting to it. Many hotels charge for this service, for instance. However, the cellular supplier does not charge you for the WiFi data you consume.
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Well IF Wi-Fi is free in the US, then why did Koodo bill me over $100 this past summer when I was in the US and NOT once did I use anything other than the hotel "free" Wi-Fi?? (I complained to Koodo but was told I must have used DATA on my phone when I know I didn't, leaving me to believe that all of the access to the Wi-Fi was billed to my account.)
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Check out: http://community.koodomobile.com/kood...

especially the section on playstore. Is there a chance you are allowing auto-updates on anything other than wifi? Allowing updates over the air are a sure way to rattle your cage.
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I should add that I DID PURCHASE THE US travel for two weeks during that billing period I mentioned. (The $ 100. plus, charges were over and above my charges for the US Calling plan I purchased.)
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Terry, it is IMPOSSIBLE for carriers to charge for 3rd party WiFi, period. The only time you pay for WiFi is in the situation dfbutt described: when the hotel and/or airport etc charge to use it. But then that is paid directly to the service, not your carrier (Koodo).

You simply must have used data, if you were charged for it. Next time make sure you disable roaming data when you travel - it is as easy as removing a tick from your settings.

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