Even without cellular service, I’ve been downloading apps and getting used to my new smartphone while connected to the Internet via WiFi. The HTC One V came with several apps pre-installed, such as Facebook, Twitter and TuneIn Radio. Most of the various Google products such as Gmail and YouTube were also pre-installed.
Although the pre-paid cell phone plan I will buy has unlimited data, there is a “choke point” at which data speeds are reduced. By getting in the habit of using WiFi whenever possible, I can make sure to have access to the 3G network’s full speed when I need it. For example, I used the WiFi at Knoxville Center Mall earlier today to watch a preliminary heat of the Olympic swimming competition. I accessed the Olympic video via the NBC Olympics Live Extra app. I also downloaded the regular NBC Olympics app and the Xfinity TV Player, which has some Olympic content mixed in with all the On-Demand choices.
I chose several apps in anticipation of my trip to Washington, DC next month. The Washington Post’s DC Rider app and the National Park Service’s app for the National Mall will both prove useful. I’m excited about the coupon for 25% discount on Improvapalooza tickets that I found in the Washington Improv Theater’s app.