Wi-Fi Assist is improved in iOS 9.3 beta 1, to allow users to track the amount of data used


Earlier this month, we told you about the teenager who received a $2000 bill from his carrier thanks to Apple's Wi-Fi Assist. The feature takes a weak Wi-Fi connection and automatically switches it to a cellular connection belonging to the user's mobile operator. Since Wi-Fi Assist is on by default, someone with an iPhone running iOS 9 could ring up huge overage charges without knowing about it.

The subject of class action suits, Wi-Fi Assist is getting something new with iOS 9.3 beta 1. Underneath the toggle used to turn Wi-Fi Assist on or off, you will find a figure that shows how much data has been used by the feature during the current month. If you monitor this number, you can see if Wi-Fi Assist is using too much data.

Had Apple had this in place earlier, teenager Ashton Finegold could have noticed that he was using an alarming amount of data with Wi-Fi Assist. In the teen's particular case, he thought that he was using a Wi-Fi connection while using his Apple iPhone. But as it turns out, the Wi-Fi signal in his room was extremely weak, which led Wi-Fi Assist to constantly switch to a cellular connection. Even though Ashton thought that he was connected to a Wi-Fi signal, he was actually burning through 144GB of data from his unnamed wireless operator in just one month.

source: Gizmodo

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8 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

If it's still turned on by default - it's a fail...Apple made a huge mistake on this one...

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Valid argument, if it's turn on by default then unknowingly your going to accumulate charges in your data.

5. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

That 'ON by Default' should be a secret deal between Apple and Carries to rake in some money.

7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

A nice innovative feature by the most innovative company in the world

3. Tizo101

Posts: 540; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

So many people have lost money from this and its really not funny.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

cannot argue with that at all... I know I never check my emails from carrier... It's a good feature, but I should have been opt-in, not turned on by default - that was a mistake...

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

U gotta b kidding

8. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

At least Apple is learning from their mistakes. Took them time though:D

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