Gone are the heady days of unlimited wireless data, and here we are still stuck with data caps, overage charges, throttling, and other bullshittery that’s only served to make wi-fi connections all the more crucial for our most important devices. That’s made one iPhone 5 glitch more costly for some users than any other (unless Apple Maps sent you to the wrong place for a job interview): some users have reported that their phones suck back cellular data even when the devices say they’re connected to wireless, which means eating up measly data plans in a short time.
Apple hasn’t said how many users are affected by the glitch, but did send an update out to Verizon phones over the weekend, which means the firm does know there’s a problem. By way of explanation, someone at Apple wrote that the fix “resolves an issue in which, under certain circumstances, iPhone 5 may use Verizon cellular data while the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.” Verizon users won’t be charged for data overages caused by the glitch, a spokesman told CNNMoney.
An Apple user thread rounds up some of the horror stories, including one person whose son’s phone apparently racked up two gigabytes of data while he was sleeping, while CNet has a guide to getting your phone updated. As of now, it’s unclear if the problem is limited to Verizon, but considering how heavily iPhone glitches are reported, I’m sure we’ll all find out soon enough.
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