iPhone 3GS - No signal but connects to carrier

SlyBlotto

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Original poster
Jan 24, 2012
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Hi guys,

Recently bought an iPhone 3GS from craigslist (yes... i know...) and it will connect to the carrier Orange/T-mobile but will never get any signal connectivity.

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I was thinking the phone may just have broken hardware but im not sure.

any help is appreciated. :)
 

Unversed

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Jan 18, 2012
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I have this problem, and I've just figured out what it means after downgrading from 5.0.1 to 4.3, it means your IMEI is blocked by all Carriers within the country you're in, so you'll see the carrier but never get signal
 

SlyBlotto

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 24, 2012
7
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I have this problem, and I've just figured out what it means after downgrading from 5.0.1 to 4.3, it means your IMEI is blocked by all Carriers within the country you're in, so you'll see the carrier but never get signal
I haven't downgraded anything though? And as far as I know is wasn't before
 

Kyotoma

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Nov 11, 2010
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Carnegie and Ontario
It means in the country you live, you basically have a glorified iPod Touch. It will not work on any carriers in that country since the IMEI has been blacklisted. It was most likely reported stolen.

Also, what version of iOS are you running? What is your baseband? You can find this info in Settings>General>About. Modem Firmware is the baseband.
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
Yep, it worked before but seems like now it has been reported lost/stolen and blacklisted.
Ever heard about people selling stolen items on CL?:D
Call your carrier to verify that the IMEI number is clean or not.
You can always sell it to someone outside that region if you dont want to have it as an ipod touch.
 

SlyBlotto

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Original poster
Jan 24, 2012
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OK thank you, would calling the carrier get me arrested though for possibly handling stolen goods?
 

Applejuiced

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Apr 16, 2008
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At the iPhone hacks section.
OK thank you, would calling the carrier get me arrested though for possibly handling stolen goods?
No, I highly doubt that.
They will just tell you if the particular IMEI has been blacklisted or not.
Just tell them you want to double check before you purchase it or something. No big deal, cellphones get lost all the time.
 

kfawan4n

macrumors newbie
Jun 1, 2012
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Hi guys,

Recently bought an iPhone 3GS from craigslist (yes... i know...) and it will connect to the carrier Orange/T-mobile but will never get any signal connectivity.

Picture...


I was thinking the phone may just have broken hardware but im not sure.

any help is appreciated. :)
if u still have the same prob then try enter airplane mode and then off keep trying it after some tries u will get back ur service and its 1000 PERCENT WORKED.
 
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