I think we’ve been scammed by the big guys. AT&T is losing money due to its unlimited data plan users. I’m one of those and I posted my experiences recently. I’ve been trying to understand how I used so much data in the first days of July. I figured out that my phone was using the 4G network (I have an iPhone 4S) instead of WiFi, and I thought this was due to a problem with my home Internet provider.
Indeed, there was a problem, and I had it fixed. My home computers stay connected all day without dropping the connection. However, I’m *still* using lots of data on my iPhone at home.
Why? Because a new “bug” in iOS 5.1.1 causes the WiFi connection to drop when the phone goes to sleep and not reconnect when it wakes up. Many others are reporting this.
How convenient for AT&T. The result: more people throttled, more people unable to listen to streaming radio like Pandora, more people unable to watch youtube, and these are the people AT&T will try to sell a tiered data plan. Screw you AT&T, I will not pay more for less. We already made a deal and you are breaking it. I signed an unlimited data contract.
I suspect this iPhone “bug” is a trap, a purposeful scam. I have no evidence, this is my angry gut reaction.
My iPhone is lying. Known networks will NOT be joined automatically, not anymore.
I’ve reset my network settings. Under Settings | General | Network I can also set Cellular Data to OFF, but neither of these things make my phone remember my home network as it once did.