Verizon iPhone Carrier Settings Update: Should You Update Them?

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Quite a few Verizon iPhone users are reporting on Twitter and Verizon forums that they’ve received dialog box prompting them to update Carrier Settings.

If you’re one of them and wondering if you should update or ignore it, since it is the first time you’ve seen such a message then here is some information about iPhone Carrier settings.

According to Apple’s Knowledge Base article:

Carrier settings updates are small files (about 10k) that are downloaded from iTunes to be installed on your iPhone or iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. The carrier settings can include updates to the default APN (how the device accesses the carrier’s cellular data network). The carrier settings for iPhone also include special dialing codes at Settings > Phone > [Carrier] Services, default settings for Stocks, Maps, Weather, and other items. You should install the latest carrier settings updates for your device as soon as they are available.

One of the contributors on Verizon forums provides some more details about the update (though it is difficult to confirm it):

“All it does is change how the phone behaves regarding data roaming: before the update, with data roaming off you only get data on the VzW network. After the update, you can also get data on their partner networks (you can roam on Sprint, US Cellular, ACS, etc, etc at no charge as part of your VzW service) with the data roaming setting turned off.

That’s the only thing it changes. If you’re not in one of the “extended network” areas, it won’t affect you and is not worth worrying about.”

Users haven’t reported any issue updating the Carrier Settings so it should be safe to update it.

Did you get a message to update your carrier settings? Let us know how it goes and if you’ve noticed any difference after the update.

[via Apple KB, Verizon forums, TiPb]

  • flyez

    first to say that because if you update, if u want to unlcok. i think. i don’t even have verizon iphone.

    • T32

      What? That made no sense, learn how to talk before you post.

      Moron.

    • MeNoInglist

      yea sure whatever he said….

    • Songohans

      Stupid dumbass!!!

    • theenoid

      This is your brains on Android….

  • kobe

    i just updated and i have jailbroken iphone verizon and everything works well no problems at all it only updates carrier to 10.1

    • Chaz

      How did you jailbreak your Verizon iPhone?

      • lildabo

        greenpoisOn

    • ERICK.I.C

      i have a jailbroken iphone 4s 5.1.1 ios baseband 2.0.12 unlocked to simple mobile a t mobile branch company everything worked before the update but after i could get signal not even if i did the unlock process over n over when without a phone for two days until i restored so if u have a gevey ultra s unlocked iphone i dont recomend the updates xD!!

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    Well this will create serious confusion for the uninitiated.

  • Kevin

    No problems here. All cydia pugams still working.

  • Tank

    Will my carrier update an app on my iphone to spy on me? (listen to the mic while phone is turned off)

    • nymkhan8

      paranoid much? what you doin?

      • http://hkuclan.darkbb.com H7_Hannah4Evr

        lol… you watch too many movies…

      • Grand

        Moved to Iphone from android format which listed actions an app used antonished at the of spyware controlling mic & camera

    • GopherTee

      Hate to break it to you but, they already are dude. The update won’t make things any better or worse.

  • Cindy

    Ive been searching forever to get the carrier settings ie. MMSC, APN, and proxy so I can activate swirlyMMS. Does anyone know what those settings are for verizon????

  • Todd

    The only thing different since I updated the carrier settings is that my emails disappear from my inbox sometimes. I don’t know if that is due to the update, but that only started happening after the update.

  • Qian

    just updated the carrier setting on my jailbroken Iphone 4 with Verzion. it was very quick and didn’t have any effect on the jailbreak features.

  • Steve

    It turned my iPhone into a time machine.

  • Zoddex

    I used to have “cellular data network” option on my setting so i can edit MMS and tethering, after the carrier update this was gone, so my mms and tethering. only way to get it back is doing a full restore! DO NOT UPDATE!

  • Dylan Crossie

    I got asked to update adround 12:20 I issued it and haven’t noticed anything different.

  • Mysterion

    I got the ‘Carrier Settings Update today on my iPhone 4 Verizon. Installed it. No problems.

  • http://bradenhamm.com Braden

    I just got an update. Don’t think it did anything negative. I wish there was more info about the update, like there is before you update an app. My Facetime never worked since I bought it brand new, but I just checked and now it works. It’s been month since I checked though, so it could be unrelated.

  • Steve Yobs

    It turned my phone into a device you can make phone calls with.

  • sam

    I just received this today, what is it about? I have an iPhone 4 from Verizon.

  • Rainy

    Does it effect skype? I heard a nasty little rumor verizon put out an update to make it so you can’t use the front camera on most phones with your skype to save them data.

  • Steve

    I noticed a difference in service. Where I usually had consistent 2 – sometimes 4 bars I know have a consistent 4 – 5 bars in my house.

    Verizon iPhone 4

  • Ms

    I ignored it and kept popping up several times and now I can’t email pictures

  • http://www.arrows-mobile.com Yuri Novianto

    Nice blog,very usefull
    Thanks

  • cmrogy777

    yeaaaaa. I just want an IS IT SAFE or IS IT NOT SAFE

  • http://lucky_clover47@yahoo.com Britt

    So I have a Verizon iPhone but no longer service from Verizon. Jailbroken it and just use for mifi, ect. Why is it Asking me if I no longer have service from. Carrier and obviously it will affect something otherwise wouldn’t be asking right?

  • http://Unlock-An-iPhone.com Jonathon

    It is only asking you because it doesn’t understand that “You don’t have service.” It understands that it is not allowed to connect under your account but it will still connect to Verizon and recieve all of their settings & updates. It is not really a big deal for you as you don’t have service with them any more. You more than likely will not even know the difference.

  • http://Unlock-An-iPhone.com Jonathon

    It is only asking you because it doesn’t understand that “You don’t have service.” It understands that it is not allowed to connect under your account but it will still connect to Verizon and receive all of their settings & updates. It is not really a big deal for you as you don’t have service with them any more. You more than likely will not even know the difference.

  • Bman021

    I downloaded Absinthe 2.0 this morning on iphone 4S Verizon and it seems to be working well aside from the error 500 message which I now understand why.
    Do i need to redownload Absinthe 2.0.1?
    If so , How?

  • Rob dollar

    If you have tethering on your iphone and are using the native iphone app without a jailbreak, and have a unlimited plan, you could loose your tethering feature unless your paying the 20-30 a month extra to tether.

  • Chris Cabrera

    i updated my iphone 4s to the ios 7 and it now wont let me update my carrier settings. it says i dont have permission to do it.