I am new to smartphones. I have a Droid X and am on the Share Everything plan. When I have the Wi-Fi connection turned on, am I charged extra for this, or does it take up part of my data plan amount? Or is it included in the cost of the plan? I just want to be sure there are not going to be any additional "hidden" charges/surprises when I get my bill--it's high enough as it is!!!!!! TYIA!
by wifi do you mean allowing other things to access your internet?
or are you accessing the internet from a wireless router on the phone?
Using Wi-Fi on your device is something you are NOT charged for. It does NOT use your minutes or your Data. The only time you would be charged for anything Wi-Fi (and you do not need to worry about this) is if you have an older plan and are using your device as a Mobil hotspot where other devices connect to your phone for Internet access or making your phone the Wi-Fi onramp for them. In that case you would be charged for the Mobil Hotspot as well as possibly some data going through the Mobil Hotspot.
My phone also has a 3G Mobile Hotspot icon on it--would I be charged for using this one? It's kinda confusing because there's a place where I can turn the Wi-Fi on or off (I only turn it on when I want to access the Internet or download an app) and then there's this hotspot icon in the apps section.
Mobile hotspot is included at no additional charge on Share Everything plans. Any usage just subtracts from you pooled data allowance.
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Jakeman1 is absolutely correct. When you use WiFi, you are not billed for any data.
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there's also data usage apps in the google play store and verizon has their own data usage app. you can also monitor data through your "my verizon" account online. i would do this for a couple of months until you get a feel for how much data you are using.