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iPhone 5 unable to IOS update due to 50mb limit on 3g -help please

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The Problem

I have an iPhone 5 and I do not have a 'home'wifi connection or access to another wifi connection within my remote location, therefore my internet is soley provided through my iPhone 5 and a 3G connection.


Because I do not have access to WIFI I am UNABLE to update my IOS on my iPhone because of the arbitary 50mb download limit! I am also unable to access purchases I have made.




I was under the impression that when the late Steve Jobs launched IOS 5 or 6 that IOS devices were now supposed to work indipendently from macs / pcs and therefore one could purchase, update and use the device where ever one had a 3g connection without the need to be tied to a desktop? This is not the case. I DO understand in times past that restrictions were placed on 3G for a variety of reasons but this no longer the case hence why I have an unlimited unthrottled 3G data plan from my Telcom provider.


I hope that this post is not deleted because I have asked a question about a flaw in the system.


The Question

What do can a person do to resolve this situation, your help please? <-----(this is a genuine question, community host)

(No to Jailbreaking)

(No to go find an internet cafe - seriously... grrrr)

(No I cannot buy a home internet connection!)

(YES I have provided feedback to Apple)


Thank you in advance who might be able to assist me.



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • jmahone Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)

    You have no choice as iOS 6 updates is totally on wi-fi only if it is OTA (Over the Air). You will need to connect to the internet on your phone by wi-fi, or by going into iTunes and clicking Update


    There are NO more options

  • BenediktRPl Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)



    This is not a flaw in the system, and your questions won't be deleted if you are writing like this!


    Yeah, thats a big problem if you are out there and you can't download over 50 Megabytes, but there is a reason why Apple is doing something like this: to reduce the load on 3G data networks!


    But there is another option if you have a MacBook Pro (it's in your devices on your profile here) you can do a personal hotspot with your iPhone for the MacBook and there is it not reduced, then you can stream the ethernet with your MacBook again and bamm, you have WiFi for your iPhone and you can download the Software Update!

    Or you can easyly update it via iTunes and the personal hotspot!


    Hope I solved your question


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