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Vodafone warns iPhone 4S users against latest software upgrade

UPDATE / Feb 11: A spokeswoman for Vodafone NZ told NBR ONLINE: "We are aware of reports of issues with iOS 6.1 on the iPhone 4S. We have no indication at this point of problems for customers in New Zealand but will continue to monitor developments closely."


Feb 10: Vodafone's UK operation has warned its customers against upgrade to iOS 6, The Wall Street Journal's All Things D blog notes.

iOS is the software that runs Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The latest free upgrade, iOS 6.1, 

A warning on Vodafone's UK website reads:

We’re aware of an issue caused by Apple iPhone 4s handsets that have been upgraded to iOS 6.1 which impacts performance on 3G.

Some customers may occasionally experience difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or to connect to the Internet. Apple is working on a solution to their software issue. These connection problems are intermittent.

While Apple’s investigations continue, we would recommend that anyone who has not yet installed iOS 6.1 on their iPhone 4s should delay doing so until Apple has confirmed that their problem has been fixed.

The carrier has also txted customers, asking them to "hold off" on the upgrade (see example pictured above).

Vodafone NZ did not immediately respond to a query about whether the warning was applicable here.

iOS 6.1's headline features - wider support for LTE or 4G fast mobile connections, plus the ability to buy movie tickets via the Siri voice assistant - are not applicable to NZ. There is one universal tweak: iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud.

Version 6.1 also makes it easier to find the option to limit Ad Tracking - or how much information advertisers can collect about you as you use your iPhone (already limited to general, anonymous information rather than unique identifiers; see Ars Technica explanation here).

Comments and questions

Had issues with my 5 ever since upgrading. 3G on/off replaced by LTE option. Turning LTE off seems to help.

So, the latest IOS update fouls cellular data as well as drastically reducing battery life. But on the plus side, it's even easier to buy things from the Apple store. (Itunes) :(

I've had 3G issues with a 4s ever since buying it, as well as a friend's 4. Best to just leave 3G off. Do you REALLY have to watch Utube on your phone? Didn't think so.

With mobile data costs as unreasonable as they are here in New Zealand(compared to most other countries) 3G/4G should be always disabled anyway.

But, it's ALWAYS good advice not to upgrade with the pack. Wait a good 3 months until the bugs are fixed in the latest bug fix.

If your plan doesn't come with at least half a gig to a gig, you're doing something wrong

I assume this is a general Carrier issue not just a VF one ? as turning off 3G will not help on Telecom....

Mobile data costs are the best they've ever been in NZ; clearly you don't remember the data costs from the early days of 3G in 2005, nor the costs of WAP on 2G in 2002. iOS updates are the whole OS, not just bug fixes like with Windows. The real cost of mobile data in this 'enlightened' smartphone era is the hidden data usage of the OS and the 'free' apps not the network providers.

Your advice re: wait to upgrade, is rooted in the era of desktop Windows. With iOS, each new release contains the bug fixes from the last new release along with, potential new bugs. Best to wait up to a week for the 'bleeding edge' geeks to find all the new bugs and then make an informed decision, just like with iOS 6.0 and the loss of the Google apps.

With flagging sale of i5 just introduce a bug into the upgrade...............

Well, Correct information. Vodafone announced that in earlier days. But it is good for us. They make our work more easier. Because of that we have to face some problems but in future it is good for us. I am working in iphone application development company which is also talks about this changes.

There's a 6.1.1 fix available now.