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I am running stock kitkat (4.4.4). There are some hotspots my phone will connect to whenever I am near. If I try to disconnect from it, I get an error message that says:

Unable to forget Hot Spot (sic).

My only options are to disable WiFi or keep connected.

If I am not near that hotspot, it won't even show up on the list of memorized hotspots.

What is happening here?

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These are probably hotspots set up by your carrier, designed to reduce load on their 3G/4G network by offloading some of it to WiFi. You would not be able to prevent using these unless you turn off WiFi (why is that a problem for you?) or root / use a custom firmware.

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    That seems... Presumptuous... – Canadian Luke Apr 10 '15 at 0:53

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