“No Service” iPhone question…

Uncle Murphy has decided to pick on my iPhone again. We’re way out at the edge of any coverage area, in hilly country, so there are lots of dead spots. I’m used to that, but always until recently you could climb a hill or do something else to get in line of sight and your signal would come back quickly. Now, though…


…once you lose signal it might stay gone for an hour or more after you get in an area where there ought to be lots of signal. I don’t know if it’s something that can be fixed or if it’s one of those Apple planned obsolescence things I’ve heard about. It’s an iPhone 6, and was pretty old when I got it more than five years ago, so that second thing comes to mind.

Anybody have any experience with this?

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10 Responses to “No Service” iPhone question…

  1. William Taylor says:

    I know it sounds so 1980’s but I have had that problem in western Nebraska every time I go out. I have to turn the phone of on on again.

  2. Joel says:

    I’ve tried that – does me no good.

  3. Klaus says:

    Try the update that’s showing on your settings icon. While I’m not on an iPhone I am on a newer iPad mostly and I know in the past they’ll seem to screw with my Wi-Fi ability if I ignore updates too long. Other than that I got nuttin.

  4. Robert says:

    Does the phone think it is wednesday the ninth?

  5. Goober says:

    When it loses service, you can often force it back onto the network by turning on airplane mode, then turning airplane mode back off again.

    I do this with the sketchy service where I live, and 60% of the time, it works every time. Just like Sex Panther Cologne…

  6. Terrapod says:

    Don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but the wireless companies are ending service to 3rd gen signals, only 4 and 5 will work going forward. If yours has 4 capability you will be OK and it may just be a re-setting issue. Turn off completely they turn back on. Lastly, if there is an apple update trying to download to the device under bad signal conditions, that too can screw things up.

  7. Joel says:

    How do I tell if this phone runs on 3rd gen? I may need to save up for a new phone! (insert barf emoji here…)

  8. Johno says:

    Joel, I’m using an old iPhone 6S, it works fine with a 4G system. Then again, I’m a flatlander living in a small city.

  9. Joel says:

    Yeah, I did some reading and apparently there’s no such thing as a 3G-only iPhone 6. So that’s not the problem.

  10. LibertyNews says:

    iPhones seem to get flaky as they get older. My suggestion was the same as Terrapod’s but it sounds like that’s not the issue. I’ve got one that insists that it has drained it’s battery in the first hour of the day, and then happily works fine at 1% until I plug it in at night. I have also had it have difficulty re-acquiring the cell network after being in airplane mode but don’t have any reliable solution other than turning things off and on again :/

To the stake with the heretic!