Apple has just issued a carrier settings update for Verizon’s iPhone 5. The update fixes an issue where the iPhone 5 would use a little cellular data, when on Wi-Fi.
This carrier settings update 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. Follow these instructions to install the update.
1. Tap Settings > General > About.
2. Wait for the following alert to appear: (top right)
3. Tap OK to install the update.
4. Hold the Sleep/Wake button down until you see “slide to power off”.
5. Slide to power off.
6. After the device powers off, hold the Sleep/Wake button to turn your phone back on.
Note: To finish the installation of the update, your iPhone 5 must be turned off and then on again. After your iPhone restarts, tap Settings > General > About, then scroll down to Carrier and verify that “Verizon 13.1” is displayed.
Verizon made a statement to The Loop today, that customers will not be charges for accidental cellular data usage during this time period:
“Under certain circumstances, iPhone 5 may use Verizon cellular data while the phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network,” Verizon said in a statement provided to The Loop. “Apple has a fix that is being delivered to Verizon customers right on their iPhone 5. Verizon Wireless customers will not be charged for any unwarranted cellular data usage.”
If you’re a Verizon customer, this is definitely something that you want to do ASAP. You won’t be charged for any cellular data that was used during this time period, but it’s a necessary update and won’t affect your iOS version.