No Data plan but does Data Usage cost you if you turn it on.

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I am new to the whole Android (Samsung Galaxy S2) thing although I do know my way decently around a computer. My question is, If I DO NOT have a Data plan with Koodo and I have the data usage selected to ON in that area, does this automatically kick in to a data plan for which I would than be charged? I believe that it works in a way where it is simply indicating your usage on the device to give you an idea of how much your usage is?

I do not think that if I have no data plan that this would be the case - just checking as I don't want anymore surprises. I was very surprised that you cannot even call Koodo support without being dinged for that!!!

There are many new things that one wants to be sure about with a device that is totally alien to them. I am having issues at work with getting a wifi connection and I am trying differnet things such as is the reason for my question.

Thanks in advance....
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Paul Harris

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Hi Paul, welcome :) First of all, it's a common misconception that Koodo charges for being called... this is simply not true. They only charge for making changes to your plan that you could easily do yourself in self-service... I just wanted that out of the way :)

That said, you took your question to the right place - the community here will most likely be able to help :) What plan are you on? If you are on one of the recent plans, yes if you use data, you will automatically be charged the amount of the data saver tier that was used. For example if you used less than 25MB, $5, under a 100MB, $10, etc...

If you don't want to use data at all, you have a choice to either switch it off in your device, or request a data block from Koodo :)
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If you request a data block from Koodo, you won't be able to send/receive picture messages.
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Dennis, Mobile Master

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Even if you switch data off on your device, you wont be able to send/receive picture messages either
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Erwin

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Hello Paul,

If you have Data Block on your phone, you dont need to worry about Data usage on your phone. You can still take advantage of apps that needs to connect to the internet by using any Wifi connection. The only thing that you will miss is picture messaging because it needs Data on for it to work. Hope this helps.
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so it doesn't cost if I use data at home through my wifi?
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Brad Veenvliet

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Koodo won't charge you if you go through your Rogers/Shaw/Bell wifi.
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What about telus?
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Mayumi, Mobile Master

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Koodo will not charge you for wifi use :)
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Brad Veenvliet

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To be safe ask Koodo to block out data on your account.
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If you leave Data on, then there is a risk that background apps will use data when you are not aware (Data Leakage). In this case you would be charged for the data used. Sometimes when wifi is on and connected, the signal may become weak or the connection gets dropped. In this case your phone will use cellular data, which Koodo will charge you for
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Now that's confusing, what is 'cellular' data? Sounds like you will charge 'data' no matter What!
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Cellular data is when you use data throught koodo's cell network.

Wifi is when you use data through an Internet connection connected through a wireless router.
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The wording is slightly off, (cellular data should read mobile data). Without getting too technical, cellular data is what's used for everyday communication, making calls or sending/receiving texts. Mobile data is best described as the method used to gain internet access.

Mobile data can be accessed by one of two ways (a) a Wi-Fi connection where the user isn't charged for mobile data usage or (b) using the wireless providers network to gain internet access where the user is charged for mobile data usage.

Dennis mentions that if you have mobile data enabled and use Wi-Fi simultaneously, once the Wi-Fi signal is lost, the phone will automatically revert to mobile data and the user will therefore incur charges. When using Wi-Fi, it's always a good idea to turn mobile data off, especially for those that need to keep mobile data charges to a minimum.

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