why could i NOT access free wifi with galaxy s3 ?

  worcesterman47 04 Feb 13
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hi guys, looking for some advice/help please, the scenario is my wife and i went to a local restaurant for a meal last night & it has free wifi access..so i thought i would try to use my new samsung galaxy s3 phone ( xmas present :)..anyway i kept clicking on the name of the restaurant on the phone but got no connection at all ( just said searching or accessing something like that ) anyway it would not actually connect, is there something i should be setting on the phone myself to enable access to free wifi spots? ... i do NOT have data roaming enabled, everything works fine when at home through my router, i have a 1gb allowance through my phone contract with talkmobile ( which uses vodafone ), so anyone have any advice/help etc as to what i am doing wrong..or is it just that i could not access the free wifi full stop, no matter what i did?...many thanks in advance

  Nontek 04 Feb 13

Have you turned on WiFi in Settings?

  worcesterman47 04 Feb 13

Yes it is always on

  Nontek 04 Feb 13

Hmm, using lots of battery power then, not advisable!

Does the Free AP require a Password to be entered? If so, enter Password then select Connect.

or try WiFi Direct ... select Settings>More settings>WiFi Direct - drag the switch to the right. Select Scan, if accepted you will be connected.

  worcesterman47 05 Feb 13

update !!!!.. as i said earlier i got this phone for xmas but yesterday i realised that i had NOT installed my data plan settings on it..so therefore i was not as i assumed connecting to the net through my router AND my data plan ( when out and about) and i had not noticed..i was just connected through my router at home..i have now installed and set up the phone companys data plan on my phone, i have tested it by turning off router access and i now have the little icon for data transfer on the top of my phone ( i know i am stupid but nver thought in my excitement with new phone to send and install the new data set up settings, well i got them through a few messages and installed them now :)... so now then would/could that have been the reason i could not actually connect to the free wifi access at the restaurant?..as technically i had NO data plan set up on my phone as the settings had not been installed, again any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.

  SillBill 05 Feb 13

It does not appear likely that that is the reason why you could not connect via a WiFi Hotspot unless you had WiFi disabled.

  worcesterman47 06 Feb 13

Hi..wifi was enabled

  SillBill 07 Feb 13

top7 Spam? Certainly looks like it.

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