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    3G or WIFI? Which of the two is working right now?

    It may seem a very silly question, yet it is very important to me. If I have 3G data activated on my Ipad2 and a wifi network at home, how do I know that my Ipad2 right now is surfing the internet through wifi and not through 3G? You see, I have a very limited 3G data plan and unlimited Wifi data plan, so it is vitally important for me to find out the answer.
    P.S. I have both 3G and WIFI written on my status bar, so I really don't know which of them is working right now...
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    By design the iPad should connect to WiFi before 3G if available. I know mine connects to my WiFi net at home only. You should also see the WiFi arches at the top if the screen, left corner and not "3G".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmbarker View Post
    By design the iPad should connect to WiFi before 3G if available. I know mine connects to my WiFi net at home only. You should also see the WiFi arches at the top if the screen, left corner and not "3G".
    The thing is that I have both WIFI arches and Utel 3G (my network) written on top of the screen...

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    DefBref, thank you, now it is more or less clear to me.
    Still, every other piece of advice would be appreciated to ensure 100% it is not using my limited 3G while it is connected to my unlimited wifi))

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    I have t-mobile 3G iPad 2 and even tho it says T-mobile at the top, right next to it is the signal to wifi, now if I turn wifi off it then says T-mobile 3G, so if wifi is turned on it will use wifi first if there is wifi in range. I hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxatma
    DefBref, thank you, now it is more or less clear to me.
    Still, every other piece of advice would be appreciated to ensure 100% it is not using my limited 3G while it is connected to my unlimited wifi))
    As mentioned above, the WiFi arches should appear instead of 3G when connection to WiFi. Your IPad should also ask or mention available wifi signals first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxatma View Post
    DefBref, thank you, now it is more or less clear to me.
    Still, every other piece of advice would be appreciated to ensure 100% it is not using my limited 3G while it is connected to my unlimited wifi))
    Why not just turn off Cellular Data in Settings when you’re using wifi? 100% sure you won't be using it if it's turned off.

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    Your 3G data won't be used when you are connected to a wifi network... No need to mess with settings. As long as you have a wifi connection, it will be used over anything else, even to the point of failing to connect to anything if your wifi router is not connected to the outside world...
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    Look at the attachment. I have an AT&T 3G iPad 2. You will see AT&T and WiFi arches. No 3G.
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