One of the features Apple introduced in iOS 15 is iCloud Private Relay. It almost acts like a VPN where it essentially hides personal data of the user while surfing the internet. It’s a useful feature for those who don’t like the idea that websites and advertising companies are tracking them and using their data to serve personalized ads.
However, it appears that in the US, T-Mobile is preventing iPhone users from enabling the feature on their phone. According to iPhone users who are in the T-Mobile network, when they try to turn the function on, they are greeted with an error message that essentially tells them that their current cellular tariff does not support the function.
The message is “Your cellular plan doesn’t support iCloud Private Relay. When Private Relay is disabled, this network can monitor your Internet activity and your IP address will not be hidden from known trackers or websites. “ T-Mobile wouldn’t be the first cellular operator to block the feature as there are also recent reports that some cellular operators in Europe have also started blocking the feature.
Neither T-Mobile nor Apple have commented on this issue yet, but as 9to5Mac notes, it is worrying that cellular carriers are intruding on functionality at the system level and this seems to underscore some of the limitations of the feature. We’re not sure if other carriers plan to follow suit, but if you’re concerned, consider a VPN as an alternative.
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