iPhone Stuck Searching for Carriers While in Airplane Mode

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Franklyfresh, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Franklyfresh macrumors newbie

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    Whatsup guys, I think I bugged my iPhone... Hopefully you guys can help me out.

    I put my 3gs on airplane mode when I'm in class so it doesn't go off. But today for some reason after I took my phone out and went to settings it automatically shows me the carriers screen. Automatic is not checked, and it keeps "searching". No matter how long I leave it there it still says "searching". I assumed this was because it's in airplane mode and can't detect any signal.

    Problem is, whenever I go to settings it automatically takes me to the carrier page and I can't turn off airplane mode. Everything else works on the phone. I tried taking out and replacing the SIM, but that didn't do anything. I wouldn't mind just restoring my phone, but the problem is the power/lock button on my iphone doesnt work. I never turned my phone off and not being able to lock it was never too much of a problem so I didn't bother fixing that.

    I'm not sure what to do at this point. The phone is useless to me while in airplane mode, but I can't turn it off.
     
  2. xela24678 macrumors regular

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    you don't need the power/lock button to make the iPhone restore. Just go to iTunes and restore it from there.
     
  3. Franklyfresh, Jan 27, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2011

    Franklyfresh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Right haha... thanks. Would that solve the problem? Also my 3gs is unlocked... would it be safe to restore through itunes like that?


    edit**

    Full restore worked, thanks.
     

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