Many business people like having both cellular and Wi-Fi connections for their devices. If they have multiple devices like an iPad, iPhone or laptop it can be helpful if they also have a cellular connection. It allows Internet connectivity even if no Wi-Fi is available. So why should I suggest that you make a choice between them?
Reasons to choose either cellular or Wi-Fi exclusively
- Cellular connections are slow and expensive. The cost of using just cellular are very high compared to the flat rate of Wi-Fi connections. It can be very expensive to unknowingly download files, update, attachments and go over your cellular data limit. It requires you to think of what connection you are using while you are using your device, and to remember or estimate how much you have used. Most people don’t have the skills or desire to do that, so in most business this tends to have expensive data costs that could have been avoided by just using Wi-Fi.
- Choosing what connection you are using places an unnecessary burden on the average person. I do not pay for cellular data. I have a Wi-Fi at home and one wherever I work, and that is where I download updates or whatever I need. If I get email I have limited the download size in the settings so that I avoid downloading huge attachments. On an iPhone, without Office365 most people don’t work with files anyway so it is wasted and time-consuming.
- By having both you are paying for capacity you aren’t using. So for most people who don’t travel, you are paying double for capacity you don’t use. If you download most of your stuff by Wi-Fi, then the very small free amount of data included is enough. My plan for example has a 1 GB of data, and that is fine for my use. I download things on Wi-Fi which is much faster than cellular, and then I don’t have to pay extra for a slow download.
- Cellular is overused and overpriced. It’s cool to have wireless connection to data, I get that. However you are really paying for this premium and it isn’t necessary for the majority of people. The only people who I can really justify paying for cellular internet access are people who travel the majority of the time. However most of us do not travel, which means that Wi-Fi is clearly the better choice.
- Security is overlooked on cellular and a huge risk. You may have read about stingrays which are used by police and FBI and which copy and look into the data you send over cellular connections. Wi-Fi offers more protection since it generally is under the control of you or your company. If you deal with sensitive matters, Wi-Fi is safer, and the safest of course is a wired connection.
I get it, cellular is cool. It is neat to have Internet anywhere. However you give up a lot in doing so. You give up security, time, money, ease of use. Consider using one or the other, and make your life easier.