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New Verizon Phones Have Auto-WiFi Notification System Built-in to Help You Conserve Mobile Data


Within the first couple of minutes with both the DROID RAZR and HTC Rezound, I noticed something that I had never seen before on an Android smartphone. Every time I opened up certain apps, like say the Android Market or Google Voice, I was being told that WiFi was automatically turning on and that I should use it. It was actually sort of frustrating, especially since both phones run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, which is faster that most home cable connections. To tell you the truth, I tend to leave my phones’ WiFi off when at home for the most part for that simple reason. Speed rules, baby.

So why were both phones continually asking that I use WiFi whenever I opened up an app? Because they require data connections – it’s as simple as that. In an era of tiered data plans and ultra-fast download speeds, features like the one you will see on both of these new Verizon phones are going to become the standard. We may have the ability to gobble up data in seconds, but that doesn’t mean the carriers or our tiered data plans are OK with that.

Now that unlimited data plans for new customers or new lines are long gone, features like auto-WiFi notifying will more than likely come in handy. Automation at its finest. For those of us locked into unlimited data (for now anyway), you can turn these off with a couple of taps. Head into Settings>Wireless & networks>Wi-Fi settings> and uncheck the box for “Notify me.”

  • Anonymous

    I am NOT going to complain about this feature. Know why; Because they give me the option to turn it off! That is all I have ever wanted from Verizon and Manufacturers. The option to have it their way, or the option to do it my way. Simple if you ask me, but no one understands this concept obviously. Look at these locked down phones that are still being released. 

  • Anonymous

    That blows. It would get really annoying and I don’t want to use Wifi on my phone.

  • Anonymous
  • http://www.comvigo.com Block Websites

    This facility of new verizon phones is wonderful and very useful…..

  • whoster69

    All you guys talk like having unlimited is the savior.  Naive.  What is really going on is the slow movement to not having any control over wifi without jailbreaking your phone.  

  • Me

    Isn’t this feature copied from iphone?

  • Downey1971

    Just another reason to get the G-Nex, Not that I needed one…

  • Anonymous

    That is a good implementation of Verizon :) They keep ruling the world.

  • Anonymous Coward

    My wife’s Rhyme does this and there is no way I have found which can (permanently) stop nagging about wifi. I hope this phone gets rooted just to do away with THAT. Doesn’t seem likely though given the target audience of the phone.

    • Billyrouth2000

      Then you must be blind!

      • Indypb

        Nope—even when you uncheck the box it will still notify you and turn back on. My wife’s Rhyme has done this since she got it, and it drives her crazy…..

  • Anonymous

    Another reason to root and install a custom ROM.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon should do rollover data. If you consider the amount of stress is proportional to the amount data used then we basically should own the entire 2gb a month.

  • Anonymous

    arghh why cant I reply to myself!

  • Anonymous

    disregard this post

  • Anonymous

    It’s pretty cool that the new Razr has some new undiscovered features. Seems like it’s been a long time since I didn’t know every detail about the phone before it was realeased.

  • Mustard

    I love my unlimited Data!!! While I have it I’m gonna use it!! Ripping through 20-30 GB a month baby!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Amazing bullshit.

    Brag endlessly in public about the awesome 4G network but they are doing everything they can covertly to keep people from using it.

    Screw this function! it can make matters worse as what if I am out and want to do a Market upgrade of an app, it switched on WiFi and then every 1 minute does it’s Wifi scan killing my battery because I forgot to turn it off.

    I only ever run wifi at home… thanks for trying to force me to use it elsewhere. SOB’s.

  • Chip Chipperson

    OH god How I hate Blur. Buy a motorola device, spend hours and hours dicking around to get RID of it.

    • Guest

      if you hate blur so much buy from a different manufacturer.  the blur software is part of the phone and not meant to be removed.

    • Anonymous

      This isn’t Blur. If you bothered to read the article you would see that the HTC Vigor has this crap also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Mougey/510031546 John Mougey

    whats the point of unlimited data with a high speed 4g connection. ur almost always going to owe verizon extra at the end of the month. i will never leave verizon bc of unlimited data i have

    • Guest

      umm, that’s wrong.  if you have unlimited data, what extra charges are you having to pay verizon?

  • Rizzidy

    I can’t begin to describe the massive security risks that come with this.

    • Guest

      that’s because there are none.

  • Rich

    well get used to it… Just like you tube, you have to have wifi on to watch videos… outside of that nothing loads…

    • Anonymous

      Not if you have 4g. Videos load instantly for me.

  • Darthseph23

    Anyone notice the green 100 in a circle icon on the home screen?  Is that just a battery gauge?  I don’t have that on the OG Droid nor have I seen it before.  Merely curious.

    • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

      Circle Battery Widget. Free download.

      • Darthseph23

        Thanks.  I figured so, just never saw it.  Seeing as my OG droid has like no RAM I wont be adding it to it.  When I get my new phone who knows though.

  • Anonymous

    Sorta off topic, but my friend called in to get the double data upgrade and they told him it was for 4g phones only(he got a 4s the other day but is waiting to see the razr tomoro). BUT he told them he used to have unlimited and broke his og droid, so they actually put him back on unlimited! Any newcomers with 2/4gb should at least give this a try, since the system is obviously still capable of setting an unlimited plan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=75200646 Stephen Cox

    I believe the Stratosphere was the first to have it, cause I’ve had to deal with it since the first day. Talk about annoying as hell. There is a way to turn it off, but sometimes it will turn itself back on at a whim and begin to nag me again.

    I have unlimited data still, so this feature can STFU.

  • Anonymous

    Y5 Battery Saver from the market is all you need.  This option has also been avail in CM7.  

  • Anonymous

    Hey I am new to Verizon just opened a line and will have the Lg Revolution shipped to me from verizon by friday 11/11/11/. I got this devices simply because I could not pass up the promotion of double the data on 4g LTE devices so I selected the 10gb plan for 50 dollars. Day ago that plan was 5gb for 50 dollars so I am extremely happy because I fall right into that window of having the Lg Revolution for that 14day time period where I can return the device before the Galaxy Nexus launches which is the true device I want. So basically if the Galaxy Nexus launches before November 25th 2011 I can return my Lg Revolution for sexy Nexus and still keep my lovely 10gb data plan on Verizon. what a great world plus I still have my Unlimited data EVO 3D on sprint

    • Keith Sumner

      That’s not a very good idea, sir, the Galaxy Nexus hasn’t even received an official launch date from Verizon, good luck with that.

  • Cooksta3276

    I’ve never seen so many people who want a pat on the back for having unlimited data…..

    • Edwin M

      When you got it, flaunt it.

      • Anonymous

        that’s why i wear crotchless pants

    • Anonymous

      Give it to em, it’s all some people have

  • Justin Kos

    Its all about the masses, they figure on a large scale this will shrink nation wide bandwidth

  • Anonymous

    this is not a g-nex release date! WHY DOES THIS POST EVEN EXIST?!

    • Joelseph

      IKR?!  Ahhh!  lol

    • http://twitter.com/wbonnefond Ward Bonnefond

      i literally lol’d at this

  • Anonymous

    Laugh all you want.  Mark my words, by the end of Q2 or Q3 2012 (quite possibly sooner) VZW will get rid of the grandfathered unlimited data.   They have NO incentive to keep us grandfathered in , not with Sprint’s WiMax network expansion basically flatlined and AT&T’s LTE just a fraction of VZW’s.   The “free” 2x data promo going on now is basically a sign that the end of the grandfathered plans is approaching.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      If we’re going to go through the effort of “marking your words” do you promise to quit the Internet if it doesn’t happen by Q3 2012?

    • Sp4rxx

      Incentive, no, but to keep their upper tiers, yes –

      Let’s say for example they cut off UNL next month and force everyone to tiers (or tears, whatever!).  I wouldn’t spend more than the 30/mo on a data plan because spending an arm and a leg for 10Gb is ridiculous, especially with wifi capabilities.  Then, once they see that too few people are going for the upper tiers, they will then steamroll those plans down to the lower tiers forcing people to have less data per month.

      Those of us who can’t afford the upper tiers and can only afford the 30/mo on the grandfathered UNL plans, will stay at 30/mo and the market for the upper tiers will soon shrink, forcing those out as well.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    I have a 3G phone and unlimited data, and I prefer to use WiFi when possible.  However, I still have notification off so that it doesn’t pester me about it. I find that using WiFi uses less battery than my 3G connection.

  • Anonymous

    Does that drain battery?

    • http://twitter.com/eatmode4life Ray Mendoza

      That’s what I was thinking…

    • Anonymous

      Wifi will drain battery slower than using 4G I believe.  So that’s at least a benefit.

      • Anonymous

        But if the phone is constantly searching for wifi will that drain more battery?

      • Anonymous

        That is most definitely NOT the case on the Droid Bionic.  The Wi-Fi is an absolute battery HOG… much more so than the 4G (provided I am in a good 4G area, when it is bouncing between 3 and 4 g, then all bets are off).

    • Anonymous

      It does, because the 4g doesn’t turn off until you actually connect to a wifi network, and meanwhile the wifi radio is on searching for stuff to connect to.

  • JMac726

    Turning WiFi completely off, always using LTE, how fast am I gonna burn through my 2GB (scrath that, 4GB) of data?  I’m used to my iPhone which switches to WiFi pretty often, so I only use about .5 GB a month now…

  • Keith Sumner

    lol “funnyname”

    • Anonymous

      I lol’ed too

  • Tim S

    iPhones do this automatically for you.  Wifi draws less power than 3G and definitely less power than 4G radios.  This is a power-saving option more so than a data connection option

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      Do what, turn of WiFi when it’s off? I doubt it.
      They are automatically connecting to wifi hotspot when wifi is on. But so does Android.

    • Anonymous

      Any device will do that if you leave your Wi-Fi radio on at all times, but that defeats the purpose of conserving battery.  The better way to do it is something that uses a preset location to turn on the Wi-Fi radio.

  • http://twitter.com/CallOnColin Colin Huber

    The GoDucks hotspot is not cool, man.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6WMN7SNGCCAKYWDLF4MCWDM6SM Alex

    I’m going to try to rig up some sort of system analogous to the Moto SmartActions for the GNex, I’d like my WiFi to turn on and off automatically when I enter or leave my house.

    • Anonymous

      Tasker will probably help with that.

    • Anonymous

      I use “auto WIFI Toggle” Alex. it work good. Comes on and off for work and home.

    • Anonymous

      Verizon actually has an app in the market called “Verizon WiFi Auto-On”

    • Turtle

      Wifi@Home.  Uses GPS to toggle WiFi ON/OFF when you move a certain distance from a designated location. 

  • Eric Kwan

    More reason to get a Nexus device and avoid this bloatware garbage.

    • Keith Sumner

      it’s not bloatware!


      God, some of you Nexus trolls are completely clueless and don’t even know what you’re talking about anymore, you’re worse than Apple fanboys!

      • Anonymous

        Thank you… I guess im not the only one lol.

      • Anonymous

        Annoying custom changes made to the OS by the carrier are similar to bloatware and you know it. Stop being a vocab queen.

    • Anonymous

      I am guessing that you never had a smartphone in your life. You are a turd.

  • bigmak

    So this is the kind of customization that takes delays OS updates? At least it can be disabled…

  • Anonymous

    Really what is the point of 4GLTE if on a tiered plan. One will just use their allotted mbs faster. It makes no sense. Might as well get a 3g phone if on tiered to conserve mbs.

    • Anonymous

      Right, an identical e-mail or website is somehow larger on 4G.

  • http://www.facebook.com/moondrius Nolan Smith

    I have unlimited and never use wifi unless needed. Having wifi turn on automatically is really going to aggravate me.

    • Anonymous

      I still use wifi as at work it is much faster than 3G and about the same speed at home and uses less battery.

      • Rizzidy


        Get with the decade.

        • Anonymous

          When you are done Liking your own comment with another login to make yourself feel good keep in mind most people still have a 3G phone and aren’t jumping until these three phones are out.  Most of us weren’t suckered in by the Charge/TB/Bionic fiascos.

  • eddieonofre

    never mind

  • eddieonofre


    • Edwin M

      No you weren’t.

      • eddieonofre

        I know, when I pressed enter there where no comment but  then I saw like 6 comments before mine. what is worng with u ppl u got nothing better to do lol

        • http://twitter.com/REN3GADE0715 The One

          Says the guy who’s only comment is “FIRST!!!!!”

    • CoffeeJoe

      no you WEREN’T!!!!

  • Droiduser

    who gives a shit, where is the galaxy nexus???

    • Anonymous

      You are an idiot.

    • Billyrouth2000

      Someone dropped it and it shattered to little bitty pieces. Motorola build quality ftw

  • Derek Stiles

    Good thing I’m grandfathered in for unlimited data.  Booyah!

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

      Unlimited for the winnnnnn.

      • Sp4rxx

        same here! :-) and I convinced my g/f to get her DX2 7/6, the day before cut-off so she’s in too!

    • dkbetts

      Yeah.  Me too.  I actually have 3 lines on unlimited data and my wife wants to go to a non data phone and I would loose that forever.  I wish I could sell my unlimited data package to someone.

      • Anonymous

        Hmmm… you could move a line to a new plan and keep unlimited (according to one of my good friends at Verizon). I know that for parents they will let the kid split off with the number and use the line with the same plan once you sign some agreement. Maybe you could do it with some other person. Only thing is they would keep the number but I guess you could request a new one or something right afterwards…

    • Anonymous

      Grandfathered for unlimited data is the best thing ever. I hope Verizon dont screw us up :)

  • Edwin M

    Once again, myself and my unlimited plan laugh at “searching for wifi”. Ha ha.

    • Anonymous

      Your unlimited plan and mine will go away eventually.  We’ll keep laughing in the meantime though.

  • http://twitter.com/JaredMCarter Jared Carter

    at least VZ lets you turn them off…. I’m surprised.

    On a completely different note… when can i get my normal sized 3.7″ or 4″ superphone…..

    These beasts in the hand are great but something to be said about being able to use on hand on the phone

    • Anonymous

      May I suggest any Blackberry, a Palm Pre2 or an HTC Bliss? 

      • Colin Zack

        You must be trolling

    • Anonymous

      Instead of relying on measurements try holding these new phones in person.  I held a RAZR and was surprised how “small” it felt in my hand versus my DX.  the problem is people are looking at the screen size and just assuming it must feel large.

      • Anonymous

        I had the same concern as @hkklife:disqus and then I printed/cut out a scale picture of the Galaxy Nexus.  I was actually pleasantly surprised how reasonable it felt.  I have a Droid2 now, and all 5 smartphones since 2004 have had 3.7″ screens.

        Point being, you’re right.