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iPhone warning: If you've upgraded, beware the data trap

PostPosted: October 1st, 2015, 12:03 pm
by terlga
Warning! The new costly setting explained.

The issue is very simple but possibly very costly.The new feature in question is called 'Wi-Fi Assist' and is available on all iPhones that support iOS 9, barring the iPhone 4s.

The Wi-Fi Assist settings clearly state it will "automatically use mobile data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor". But if you have iOS 9 and do nothing, the default setting is that this function is switched on.
How to avoid the data charge trap

If you're on a mobile tariff which doesn't include unlimited data, it's crucial that you check your settings as otherwise you could get a nasty surprise when your bill comes through, or face being cut off from using data.

The good news is that it's easy to stop this from happening. Head to Settings on your iPhone, then Mobile Data, then scroll to the bottom of the menu where you can turn Wi-Fi Assist off.

Does it affect iPads too?

Some iPads, which use data to access the internet as well as Wi-Fi, are also affected by this update – although it depends on the model you have.