iPad mini "No SIM" Error Messages on Cellular iPad mini 4 on Verizon

Yebubbleman

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I have a 128GB cellular model iPad mini 4 that I have as part of a Share Everything plan on Verizon (exclusively made up of tablets). For what it's worth, I ordered this iPad mini from Apple, and then swapped out the Apple SIM for the free Verizon SIM and then joined it to my plan thereafter.

Suddenly, today, I started to get error messages that say "No SIM installed" and my upper left status bar says "No SIM" instead of "Verizon" with signal strength dots. It eventually reverts to "Verizon" (after presumably seeing my SIM card again) with the dots. I have rebooted the mini, but it still seems to happen.

Before I go through the no-brainer next steps of "reset networking settings", "calling Verizon", "calling Apple", "doing a DFU restore" type troubleshooting tasks, I'm curious; does this sort of thing happen often with either iPhones or cellular model iPads? And if so, what sorts of problems are they usually indicative of?
 

EDH667

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Nov 25, 2009
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I haven't ever had this happen before on any of my cellular IOS devices. I would start by reseting network devices. If that doesn't help, go to a Verizon store and replace the SIM. The final thing would be to bring it to Apple for a replacement of the iPad under warranty.
 

perryalekna10

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Feb 11, 2016
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I have a 128GB cellular model iPad mini 4 that I have as part of a Share Everything plan on Verizon (exclusively made up of tablets). For what it's worth, I ordered this iPad mini from Apple, and then swapped out the Apple SIM for the free Verizon SIM and then joined it to my plan thereafter.

Suddenly, today, I started to get error messages that say "No SIM installed" and my upper left status bar says "No SIM" instead of "Verizon" with signal strength dots. It eventually reverts to "Verizon" (after presumably seeing my SIM card again) with the dots. I have rebooted the mini, but it still seems to happen.

Before I go through the no-brainer next steps of "reset networking settings", "calling Verizon", "calling Apple", "doing a DFU restore" type troubleshooting tasks, I'm curious; does this sort of thing happen often with either iPhones or cellular model iPads? And if so, what sorts of problems are they usually indicative of?
This happened once with my iPhone 6 Plus on Verizon early in 2015. The sim would work for a few minutes, then disappear. Sometimes rebooting would help, other times it made no difference. The sim went bad/corrupted and was told to go to Verizon to get a replacement sim (I think Apple told me this? can't remember). I went to Verizon and they installed a new SIM in about 5 minutes. It has never happened again (although I left Verizon a few months after).
 

xraydoc

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Yeah, re-seat the SIM card and have it replaced if it still happens. If you go to a corporate Verizon store, or do it by phone, there should be no charge.
 

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