3G iPad2 constantly says "No Service" ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by arcsbite, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. arcsbite Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    anyone had this?

    I had a 3g iPad 1 and upgraded to the iPad 2

    when I put my microsim in the iPad 2, no mater what I do I get "No Service"
    when I put the sim back in my iPad 1 or in my iPhone 4 I instantly get full 3g signal

    I called my provider (3mobile) and they say it's a device issue, I'm sure it's a setting but I can't seem to figure it out
  2. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    Reboot, try a full restore, if it still doesnt work exchange it.
  3. arcsbite thread starter Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    tried reboot.
    was trying to avoid a restore but will give it a go now
  4. jenlevin macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    Sunny Florida
    try to reset network settings and toggle airplane mode off/on before you bother with a restore
  5. arcsbite thread starter Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    gave it a go but no change.
  6. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    I had that happen and needed a new sim card to fix the problem. Once I did that things were good.
  7. Loopy65 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2008
    Wales, UK
    Think it could be device issue .. I too had an iPad 1 and popped my Three sim from there into my iPad 2 with no problems whatsoever .. straight swap.

    Hope you're able to get it sorted without too much trouble
  8. arcsbite thread starter Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    Thanks so much for the help everyone :)

    problem solved.
    I resoted my iPad and service came back...until
    I clicked "Restore from backup" and used my iPad back up which had always been fine.
    it restored fine and instantly went to no service :(

    so I've just had to use a fresh restore, not great but not a major issue and I have full service back

    thanks again everyone, one of the many reasons I love this forum
  9. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    Glad the restore worked. Sorry you have to start from scratch, but hopefully it won't take too long to get everything all set up again. Just pretend you have a brand new iPad! :D
  10. bmat macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2004
    East Coast, USA
    If the problem comes back, I'd visit Apple. I had the same thing with my iPhone 4, and it kept coming back. Apply just replaced it.
  11. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
  12. arcsbite thread starter Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    yeah it was/is
    I spoke with 3 yesterday in length...not much use lol

    will keep an eye on it but fresh instal seems to be the key so far
  13. rworne macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    I had the same issue with a warranty-replacement 1st Gen iPad.

    Crapped out 3G after a restore from backup. Lucky in my case the second time was a charm and it worked then.
  14. Phil oz macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    Got a TPG micro sim for my new ipad 2 and had the same issue " no service" for 3 weeks despite the simcard being properly activated. Finally I called TPG and they solved the issue immediately: in Settings, cellular data, APN setting: must type INTERNET (capital letter) instead of CONNECTME which is there by default. Then switch OFF the ipad by pushing/holding the off button for a few seconds *the "slide to switch off" appear on the screen) and then switch on again.

    For me it worked perfectly, after a few seconds I got the 3G network.

    hope it helps...
  15. gigemzach macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
  16. Kmo679 macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2013
    Simple fix....

    Under settings...go to "cellular data" and make sure this is set to OFF. I was having the same problem for a year and finally poked around to figure it out. Even did a restore that didn't fix it. And just realized....wait...no service is related to the DATA not wifi. And sure enough, when I turned the cellular data off, No Service is gone!

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