- June 19, 2008 at 12:14 am #2548
[attachthumb=1]The Consumer Council has received 143 complaints about mobile data services in the first five months, mostly concerning GPRS and 3G mobile data charges.
The council said today pricing can vary sharply, depending on the means of connection – by WiFi or mobile (GSM/3G) network. WiFi may be free of charge when connected to specified hotspots, but data traffic through a mobile network can be expensive as it is charged based on data volume.
Have you been unpleasantly surprised by a large phone bill recently? You need to be aware that mobile phones may automatically switch to a mobile network for data traffic when the WiFi signal is weak. For example, Mobile Messenger is one such culprit: when connected through WiFi, my TyTN II sleeps after the 10-minute mark — when it “wakes up”, Messenger cannot access the WiFi connection and then automatically (and conveniently) chooses to connect through my phone’s HSDPA or data line. :scold
My plan through SmarTone only covers usage through Pocket Internet Explorer, so data charges can rack up rather quickly.
Another tip frequent travelers use is to completely disable your phone’s mobile data connection — that way, there is zero chance that a huge bill with roaming charges will show up in your inbox…
Full article at news.gov.hkJune 20, 2008 at 12:32 pm #2549
yes – this is what that little software tool I posted before is used to avoid.
Basically it turns off 3G use for data etc. – easy control for toggle 3G on and off (which is otherwise a registry rewrite and complex for many users to do).
This works on HTC, Dopod and I understand any Windows PDA actually.
Thought good to mention here and point out that it is equally as useful, for those who do not want to use 3G data even when at home.
Cheers, AsiakiwiJune 21, 2008 at 4:44 am #2550
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