Warning: iOS 6 can jack up your iPhone, iPad cellular bill; how to protect yourself

“There are many nice enhancements in iOS 6, but if you have an iPhone or cellular iPad running the updated Apple mobile OS, watch out,” Galen Gruman reports for InfoWorld. “Several new settings can quickly run up your cellular bill or exhaust your data allotment before you realize it.”

“The basic issue is that iOS 6 provides more ways for your iPhone and iPad to use cellular data, perhaps without your knowing it,” Gruman reports. “And as AT&T and Verizon Wireless — the providers accounting for the vast majority of U.S. iPhone users — continue to push users into capped data plans, that continual connectivity can get very pricey.”

Gruman reports, “For example, a new option called Wi-Fi Plus Cellular automatically lets apps switch from Wi-Fi to cellular service if they encounter Wi-Fi connection issues. That helps assure continuous data access, but it also lets apps deplete your data or incur data overage charges without your knowledge. Unless you have an unlimited data plan, you should turn this new feature off.”

More tips in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]

24 Comments

  1. I am not seeing this ‘WiFi Plus Cellular’ setting on my AT&T 4S iPhone. Is it on a Verizon iPhone? Possibly it is on the iPhone 5? Not clear from this writer’s story where he found this feature.

  2. Good to know and very helpful article. I moved to the share everything plan, which was something I had to do anyways since I wasn’t paying full retail on my 64GB iP5 on Verizon.

    Its great to have that feature on my iPhone since I’m in the office all day and can use the corp WiFi, but on my iPad I will turn it off.

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