iPhone 5 WiFi Glitch Causes Verizon Customers to Blow Through Cell Data

iPhone 5 WiFi Glitch Causes Verizon Customers to Blow Through Cell Data

The best way to save on your cell data usage is to switch your smartphone over to WiFi whenever you’re around a hotspot--unless you have a new iPhone 5 and are a Verizon Wireless customer, in which case a glitch apparently caused some phones to burn through the customer’s data allowance when it was supposed to be connected to a WiFi network.

We’d rather not imagine how much money that has cost some people in overage fees.

Apple iPhone 5 carrier update

The good news is that Apple released an update--Carrier Settings Update 13.1--that should resolve the issue. Under the About tab under Settings-->General on the iPhone 5, users will be prompted to install the update.

It’s not clear if the glitch has affected iPhone 5s on other carriers.
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Well, that's just stupid. My Android phone lets me turn off data altogether and sync *entirely* via WiFi. That's how I get along with a 50 Kb data plan. Yes, I said Kb - not Mb, not Gb. It costs me a flat $5/month, and I use it only when I am expecting to need data and there's no WiFi available. Of course, I'm not on Verizon, and I wouldn't touch an iPhone with a 20-foot pole.

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