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Vodafone Warns Its iPhone 4S Customers Not to Upgrade to iOS 6.1

British carrier Vodafone is advising its iPhone 4S customers not to upgrade to the latest version of Apple’s operating system because of an issue that can cause problems making calls, sending texts and accessing the Internet.

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“We’re aware of an issue caused by Apple iPhone 4s handsets that have been upgraded to iOS 6.1 which impacts performance on 3G,” Vodafone said on its website. “Some customers may occasionally experience difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or to connect to the Internet.”

Apple released iOS 6.1 last week, an update that added support for LTE networks in more countries as well as Siri-powered movie ticket buying, bug fixes and other updates.

The 3G problems, even for those affected, are intermittent, Vodafone said, while placing the blame on Cupertino for the problem.

“Apple is working on a solution to their software issue,” Vodafone said. “While Apple’s investigations continue, we would recommend that anyone who has not yet installed iOS 6.1 on their iPhone 4s should delay doing so until Apple has confirmed that their problem has been fixed.”

Twitter user Michelle Muirhead posted a text message she said Vodafone had sent advising against downloading the iOS update.

An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment on the issue.

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