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BlueyVIII
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎09-27-2009
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Data Connections

My work have provided me with a new Torch today and so far I'm impressed.

 

As work pay for the phone I keep surfing the web to a minimum in order not to incur any data charges. 

 

I've setup the Torch to connect to my home WiFi but I can't see anyway to force the web-browser to always use the WiFi connection and NOT the mobile network.

 

On my old Curve 8900 I could change the options of the Web Browser to use "Hotspot" by default in order to prevent data usage on the mobile network. I can't see anyway to do this on the 9800 version 6 software.

 

Any help gratefully received! As I receive lots of email I don't want my personal web surfing to eat into my data allowance. I'm happy to only use the web when I'm Wifi connected.

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Krypto
Posts: 6,657
Registered: ‎01-14-2009
My Device: BlackBerry Z10
My Carrier: Telus

Re: Data Connections

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On the Torch there is no selector for the Hotspot browser as it should automatically select the best browser based on the type of connection it is using.  So long as you are connected to your wifi network at home, your Torch should automatically pull the data from your wifi network rather than the data network.  The Hotspot browser will only come up if you are connecting to a Wifi Hotspot outside of work or home (e.g. at a Starbucks or something similar).


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BlueyVIII
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Re: Data Connections

Thanks for that - is there a way to test or display which network it using??

 

Also, when the WiFi connection is in use will the traffic still be going via the companies BES server? I'd prefer the traffic to go directly to/from the internet and miss out the BES server completely if possible.

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Krypto
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Re: Data Connections

Now that's not one I know for sure, but I'm guessing it would still be going through the BES server.  We have a couple of others around here on BES and with a Torch, so I'm sure one of them will speak up if it's any different.

 

As to knowing if you are connected via Wifi, so long as you see the Wifi indicator on (will be white instead of greyed out), then your data is going via Wifi. 


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Re: Data Connections

 

read more here about the browser and connections

http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/KB23699

 




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BlueyVIII
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Re: Data Connections

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Thanks Knottyrope...

 

I've had a read through the thread and the way I understand the priority is :-

 

1. Use BES Transport specifically programmed within any particular API

 

if none programmed then, 

 

2. If the URL (or DNS suffix) is included within an IT Policy use BES Transport 

 

or

 

3.  If the URL doesn't include a "." or does include any private addressing use BES transport

 

or if none of the above then

 

4. Use direct WiFi

 

 

The document mentions some latter options but for my needs I think the above is correct.

 

Therefore, for my viewing of BBC Sport, BBC News and my personal webmail I believe the Blackberry will be using Direct WiFi (because these sites don't meet any of the criteria in 1, 2 or 3)

 

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