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Beware: New iOS defaults can run up data bill

Posted September 28, 2015

The new iPhone operating system, iOS 9, includes a feature designed to help users get a better connection, but it is one that can run up the bill for those without an unlimited data plan.

The new iPhone operating system, iOS 9, includes a feature designed to help users get a better connection, but it is one that can run up the bill for those without an unlimited data plan.

The feature called "Wi-Fi Assist," is turned on by default. Where Wi-Fi is spotty or not available, it automatically switches a phone to use mobile data.

The easy fix is to turn off "Wi-Fi Assist" and only access it when you really need it.

To do so, open the phone's Settings app, select Cellular, then slide the Wi-Fi Assist to Off.

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  • Jim Hugs Sep 28, 2015
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    Apple uninstalled the wifi app on his phone and he don't want to pay for a new one.

  • Doug Hanthorn Sep 28, 2015
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    How did Apple take away the wifi on your grandson's phone? I don't understand?

  • Jim Hugs Sep 28, 2015
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    Apple's gotta be in cahoots with the wireless people. First they take away the WiFi on my grandsons iPhone and now they make us use more data?

  • Patric Pederson Sep 28, 2015
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    I have it turned on and it really doesn't make a huge difference. It holds onto weak WiFi signals way too long.

  • James Powell Sep 28, 2015
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    thanks WRAL, i did not know that.
    I do not have unlimited data, nor do i need unlimited data, so this was good information.