Still can't download 100mb + app over cellular? Really?

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  1. Berthacrowley macrumors member

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    I wanted to download a game from the app store to play during my lunch break at work. We don't have any wifi at work and the game is over 100mb so Apple is telling me it won't download until I connect to wifi. Why is this a thing?

    Obviously this isn't a huge problem, I can just download the game when I get home, but it's pretty annoying to basically be told I can't use my data how I want. I have 15gb a month and I'm not going to go over on this game (and if I *was* going to go over, isn't that my choice if you warn me first?)

    I searched the forum to see if there was a workaround for this and someone suggested that turning off the phone and turning it back on allowed the game to download over cellular but they must have patched that up because it didn't work for me. Is there really no way around this limit?
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I am afraid this has not been changed.
     
  3. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Yes, a legacy situation that has yet to be rectified.
     
  4. digitard macrumors 6502a

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    I like the limitation being there, but it should be configurable. That way users can configure it for shared accounts (kids for example, or low data on shared), but you should be able to unlock the option if you want.
     
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    What a stupid comment.
     
  7. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    I don't mind a warning, but that's all it should be. Or as someone else posted, on kid's accounts, maybe it's not over-rideable. But the rest of us should be able to make up our own minds. Apple's "nanny" mentality gets tiresome, at times.

    IMHO.

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  8. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

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    If you have an ipad or another device you setup a hotspot and it will work w/o any limits. But of course - you shouldnt have to do this
     
  9. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    100% agree. Maybe a war minor passcode/TouchID lock, but with the unbiquity of large mobile data, this arbitrary cap is silly and outdated.
     
  10. Max(IT) Suspended

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    I think it is a safe decision to keep that cap.
    It doesn't just protect our data plan (I think average data plans as of today are about 1-2 Gb/mo at best), but it avoid the network to be saturated.
     
  11. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    Right. While it's perfectly fine for teeny-boppers to watch hours of YouTube videos while walking around the mall. We need to protect our networks for the latest cat videos.

    C
     
  12. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    It's a safe decision to have a cap enabled by default, but overbearing to make it so that a user cannot take responsibility and override it. It's not a great implementation, particularly when one can just tether with a different phone, use THAT phone's data to download the the app, and thereby indirectly defeat the restriction (or directly, if both devices are on the same shared data account).

    It's also heavy-handed considering some of us are on unlimited data plans, and there are networks (like T-Mobile) that clearly have the bandwidth and capacity, and continue to offer unlimited data to users.

    Worst of all: this alleged plan/network protection sure seems to be unevenly enforced considering that WiFi Assist is turned on by default, and most users weren't ever informed that their phone might now opt to use cellular data where they would normally expect it not to do so. While I'm not a bit worried in my cases I have unlimited data, I was mildly surprised at how much more cellular data my phone has recently started using, even with lots of WiFi present. While the class action lawsuit is way over the top, I do think Apple erred on that one, particularly given the 100MB app restriction over cellular.
     
  13. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    I get around it all the time (albeit an expensive way) by using my iPads hotspot lol. As what was said above, YouTube cat videos which can easily exceed 100mb get free reign...
     
  14. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

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    As a customer who still has Unlimited Data with AT&T, I feel like it should be an option within the settings menu. By default Apple could have it turned off. This way, those of us who want to use our data for larger app updates will have the option to turn this feature on.
     
  15. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Apple proactively preventing class action lawsuits from people going over their data because someone didn't stop them. ;)
     
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  18. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

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    True, but in the case of that referenced link, Apple turned that feature ON by default which most customers were not aware of. I stated that Apple could allow App updates over cellular with the feature turned OFF by default within the settings menu.
     
  19. JayIsAwesome macrumors 65816

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    Totally agree dude. It's annoying as hell that Apple wants act like a Parent and tell a person how much they can download. Can't download a particular 100MB+ game via LTE on my iPhone but I can do it on my Android device
     
  20. pika2000 macrumors 68030

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    This is surely annoying, especially when I am in developing countries where the cellular network IS the internet, no landline. Of course, streaming music and video are a-okay, which is stupid as those put more strain on the network vs an occasional app download. Another irony is that tethering is also ok, so I can tether the phone to another one, and then it's thinking it's on wifi.

    Instead of putting limit on this (which is probably a legacy policy when Apple first did a deal with AT&T/Cingular), I think Apple should just let it free. Let consumers put the pressure on the carriers themselves for putting such prohibitive data quota to begin with.
     
  21. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Hmm been overriding this since 2009 with jail breaking. Didn't realize it's still an issue lol.
     
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  23. I7guy macrumors G5

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    I have udp and monitor my usage and not found any difference with wifi assist. My use case is however I actually turn cellular off when I don't want to use it. I also am of the opinion wifi assist threshold has to be lower; it's too high.
     
  24. Max(IT), Nov 5, 2015
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    unlimited doesn't really exist. It's just a marketing gimmick. The web is full of people complaining about being throttled in their "unlimited" data plans ...
    The bandwidth IS limited, by definition.

    It's not only Apple.
    I have the same limitation on my Windows device.

    In those developing countries data caps are even lower than in your country.
     
  25. soacyeuopar macrumors newbie

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    I like the limitation being there, but it should be configurable. [​IMG]
     

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