Automatically turn on and sync with my Car's bluetooth or Home WiFi when I am within it's proximity
When I am in my car or at home, my WP should automatically turn on and sync with my car (bluetooth) or with my home network (wifi). As I exit or leave the car or home, it should turn off automatically.
Jeff Winn commented
As long as you don't use a hidden network you don't need to worry about managing the WiFi with WP7/8. The WiFi doesn't consume much power when the phone isn't using it or plugged in. You can always tell because when you press the power button even while in your house the WiFi may not be connected if left alone long enough and not plugged in.
Great feature. One I would have added myself if you did not!
I was just thinking about this today. I turn my wifi off before I leave the house to save battery. WP does track one's location from network signals so this would be viable I believe.
Can anyone verify if keeping wifi on reduces battery; I believe it does but John Cuyle (see comments) has mentioned it does not.
use WP to connect Xbox to Xbox Live.
I wish I could connect Xbox to XboxLive using WP as a modem (WiFi and 3G) without a PC. Making XboxLive portable in your pocket!
For Wi-Fi close to home, the idea is good. But for bluetooth, atleast allow a schedule to enable us to ON and OFF it for certain periods. So typically if I drive to office in the morning at 9am and drive back home at 6pm, I should be able to configure bluetooth to switch ON at 8:45am and switch off at 10:30am (or switch off automatically in 30 mins if not connected) and similarly in the evening from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. My understanding is that hardware access (to bluetooth & wi-fi) is not allowed through development and hence this cannot be an App.
Bluetooth could be "I lost the Bluetooth signal in this area, so I'll turn back on when I'm in the vicinity"
If this was combined with a live tile (like http://uservoice.com/a/hQUz1) it would be great.
Others (like me) have Wi-Fi power issues - http://uservoice.com/a/h7o6d, plus I only really use wifi when I'm at home, not out.
John Cuyle commented
This already works fine if you just leave them on constantly. Doing so doesn't seem to cause any appreciable reduction in battery life for me.
Mike A. commented
I can understand using GPS to know when I'm home to turn on WiFi, but how would the phone know I'm in my car to turn on Bluetooth?