The iPhone feature that could cost you money

Publish Date
Monday, 11 January 2016, 5:50PM

A DISGRUNTLED father has slammed Apple for its new Wi-Fi assist feature after it allegedly caused his son’s iPhone to rack up an unexpected $AUD2900 bill.

Jeff Feingold and his son Ashton have blamed Apple’s new Wi-Fi assist feature, which was switched on by default in iOS 9, the most recent version of iPhone’s software.

The new Wi-Fi assist feature automatically switches from Wi-Fi to cellular data when a Wi-Fi signal is weak.

When Ashton was using his phone, he was under the impression it was connected to his home’s Wi-Fi but it was actually guzzling up his phone’s data. Ashton accidentally used more than 144,000MB (144GB).

Apple is currently facing a class-action law suit for not informing users of the new Wi-Fi Assist feature and its usage of data from cellular plans.

Watch the video to find out how to disable Wi-Fi Assist on your iPhone