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Vodafone has urged iPhone 4S owners to not upgrade to iOS 6.1, the latest available, because it believes the software jams 3G and phone connections. Vodafone claimed that the bug is Apple's fault and that it affects Voda's rivals as well as its own UK network, although it only named Three Austria* as another impacted telco. The …

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...but it's O2s shitty network. Unless the network completely falls over for more than 8 hours how would you even notice any change... O2 never seem to notice without prodding from customers whatever happens ;)

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WTF?

Distributed Denial Of Service?

Maybe the aerial problem is flooding the network with connect messages …

Given that the emergency services use Vodafone, maybe its time to do what ISPs do with DDOS attacks, and blacklist offending IMEA address!

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Re: Distributed Denial Of Service?

Areal problem? The 4S is fine. The 4 had issues under some circumstances but was mostly fine also. Not that at all.

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Re: Distributed Denial Of Service?

S/Areal/aerial/

(When are we going to get editing el reg? Pretty much everyone else gives you a limited edit window these days)

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Re: Distributed Denial Of Service?

I can edit my posts. Would seem a bit silly if it were a privilege only offered to silver-badged users.

edit: indeed, after posting I see three things at the bottom of my new post, zero votes, a reply button and an edit button.

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@Ru

It is indeed a privilege only available to Silver or Gold badge users. I remember it being a big "WTF?" moment when the badges were rolled out.

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Re: @Ru

@PaulR79 - I assume we silver badge holders are just considered impotent*.

Edit: *important.

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Re: Distributed Denial Of Service?

Airwave is a different system and its O2

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I would love to have been at the meeting

Wonder what the meeting was like where it was decided to run with this communication.

Person 1: Er do you want to put your name to this?

Person 2: Not really, why don't you?

Person 1: Agreed lets bat this one upstairs !

Person 2: Do you think we can still get iPhones for work?

Person 1: Dunno!

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Arrest the users

Correct me if I'm wrong but I was under the impression we had strict rules in this country governing the use of jamming equipment?

The users should all be rounded up and imprisoned immediately. All Apple stores should be raided and the staff arrested for selling illegal kit.

Or Apple could release a software update

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Re: Arrest the users

So you're saying that all of the devices were upgraded in-store? You fool.

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Throwing mud

"When pressed on the technical cause of the problem, Voda's spokeswoman simply said "you'll have to ask Apple about that"."

How can Vodafone make a claim and then not back it up with specific details of the problem ? Unless it is a security issue as well, I think it's unethical to accuse and not provide details.

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Re: Throwing mud

Sounds charitable of vodafone really.

Something's taking out the network and you want them to reveal the problem? Sounds definitely like a security issue to me.

Personally I'd be inclined to be a lot ruder than Vodafone if someone took down my revenue stream.

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Re: Throwing mud

Truth is an absolute defence in a libel/slander case.

Therefore, we "might well think" that Vodafone is either telling the truth, or opening themselves to a rather nasty suit from a rather large company.

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Re: Throwing mud

Luckily Apple doesn't have form for being aggressively (and often unreasonably) litigious.

Wait...

Oh.

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Re: Throwing mud

"I think it's unethical to accuse and not provide details."

Follow politics much?

;)

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Iphone4s DDOS update.

Seems iOS6.1 is just as effective as LOIC.

I really surprised that people are still buying Apple crap.

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Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.

If its so effective, then why has noone but Vodafone UK and 3 Australia (50% owned by... Vodafone!) reported it?

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Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.

that would be the networks the phones are tied to!!

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Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.

that would be the networks the phones are tied to!!

O2 is the network that the iphone was originally tied to. but so far, haven't heard of anyone on O2 having this problem.

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Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.

They're probably buying it because it's not crap, no matter how much you wish it were true.

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Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.

If its so effective, then why has noone but Vodafone UK and 3 Australia (50% owned by... Vodafone!) reported it?

Errm, no, it was Three Austria, not Three Australia. But that's okay, George W Bush got us mixed up too.

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Re: Iphone4s DDOS update.

"I really surprised that people are still buying Apple crap."

Once you realise that sheeple haven't got a clue, it becomes unsurprising.

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code of connection

I'm sure that Vodafone (indeed all mobile networks) have a code of connection - device manufacturers have to test their devices for conformance against the the network to guard against SNAFU's like this.

If that's the case, then potentially some of the blame lies at VF's door for not picking up on the problem in testing at their labs.

Although it may sound like I'm trying to defend Apple there, I'd still like to stress that I detest the very ground they walk on.

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Re: code of connection

But do Apple actually test the updates against all networks?

Or just the original firmware bundles?

Or neither, because Apple are completely in charge of both development and release of iOS?

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Re: code of connection

Normally it would be network job to validate the device, or accept validation performed by other network (they do not like to duplicate the work).

Since OTA updates are normally distributed via network, there would be also some work done on the network side for firmware updates. Although I very much doubt it would be anywhere close to device validation.

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Am I being stalked by a bunch of fanbois?

Despite not owning an iPhone I've had issues with Vodafone for a little while now, is this a sign I'm being followed by a gaggle of iSheep?

Vodafones network is an overloaded tottering pile of junk and this is a handy excuse.

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Re: Am I being stalked by a bunch of fanbois?

Only time I ever have problems with Vodafone's network is when the Huns come to watch their team play 3rd division football. Before and after a match I do have some trouble sending texts but voice and data still work. Once they're gone everything works perfectly again.

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Apple recently argued

To the US government that allowing jailbreaking of the iPhone could crash mobile networks.

No, they really did.

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Re: Apple recently argued

Coincidentally, a jailbreak for iOS 6.1 has just hit the internets...

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Hmm, since the end of Jan, my android device has intermittently stopped receiving calls/texts until I restart it. I wonder if it's related...

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"Hmm, since the end of Jan, my android device has intermittently stopped receiving calls/texts until I restart it. I wonder if it's related..."

Why do you attribute the problems to the phone? It's the network!

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EE?

Their whole network is so unreliable that I doubt they could work out if the problem was down to the iPhones or their failing infrastructure.

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Two Issues?

Seems odd that there would be two entirely separate but related issues at the same time...

Presumably if one issue is "it is continually trying to connect to my Exchange server", then that would also explain the second issue of "more network traffic, meaning warms up, meaning battery runs flat more quickly"? Or is that too simple? :o)

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Re: Two Issues?

Correct.

It's a calendar sync bug. It continually connects to Exchange trying to process the same event.

To fix: go to the Exchange account settings & turn Calendar sync off & on again.

Annoying as hell, but easy to fix.

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ios6.1 release supposedly fixes DoS vulnerability

Obviously not - knackers network instead

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6.1, AT&T, 4S

No issues. Is this strictly a Vodafone problem?

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6.1 or 6.1.1?

So is this borking for 6.1 or 6.1.1? I've got 6.1 running fine on my 4S and there's an update to 6.1.1 do I download or not?

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iOS 6.1.1 update is now available

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1631

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Prior Occurrence

I believe this problem occurred with 4S's in the States well prior to IOS6.

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6.1.1 just come out...

...to fix this very problem. So hush now fandroids, go to sleep.

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Re: 6.1.1 just come out...

"6.1.1 just come out...

...to fix this very problem. So hush now fandroids, go to sleep."

Wanker!

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Well that's handy...

...because Apple have just released an update for iPhone 4S users that *should* fix the issue.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/02/11/apple-releases-ios-611-for-iphone-4s-owners-to-address-battery-3g-issues

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Problems with iOS6.1? nah!!

My iPhone 4S is on EE, I updated to 6.1 about 10 days ago and have had no probl ems at all. Now 0n 6.1.1, no-one seems to appreciate that apple have done an update so quickly!!

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Re: Problems with iOS6.1? nah!!

Technically what Apple have done is completely illegal, that is they have facilitated users turning their phones into jamming devices.

Undoing that SNAFU rapidly is the LEAST they should do, and no, they don't deserve any fucking appreciation or thanks for unborking the network.

If Ofcom had any balls they'd take Apple to the cleaners over it, not least to recover some damn revenue from the tax-dodging fuckers.

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Re: Problems with iOS6.1? nah!!

Um, have they?

You're taking the word of two operators... yet other operators are reporting no issues.

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Re: Problems with iOS6.1? nah!!

"My iPhone 4S is on EE, I updated to 6.1 about 10 days ago and have had no probl ems at all. Now 0n 6.1.1, no-one seems to appreciate that apple have done an update so quickly!!"

What sheeple don't seem to appreciate is that Apple should never have released the shite without thorough testing. So the bollox about "update so quickly" is moot.

iOS is as shite as the iPhone design.

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Re: Problems with iOS6.1? nah!!

"Um, have they?

You're taking the word of two operators... yet other operators are reporting no issues."

..........and your taking the word of your lord and master.

BAAAAH!

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