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Questions tagged [cell-phone-carriers]

Any provider of wireless voice, paging or data service should be considered a cell phone carrier. Some examples are iPhone and iPad with 3G as well as the various hardware for connecting computers to a wireless network operated by a carrier, especially if it uses longer range radio frequencies than Bluetooth or WiFi.

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Why does iTunes ask me to update my carrier settings?

and then tell me that it has failed ... Should I just ignore this as my phone is working fine? My internet connection is fine.
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Previous .ipcc files for iOS

My operator recently pushed a carrier update and it has messed up my 2G/3G/LTE switch, which is vital for my survival in low signal-strength area. So reverting to old settings is only way for me. For ...
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Reseting iPhone 6s with iTunes

My iPhone 6s is disabled. If I reset it with iTunes will I lose service with my carrier? I already know how to erase my information off the iPhone with iTunes, but I'm wondering if I do it, will I ...
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iPhone 7 has a cellular bug. Apple will repair - if i pay $$$ to have screen fixed too. Help!

iPhone 7 has a known bug that causes cellular service to sometimes fail - so the phone no longer works as a phone. Took phone with this bug into Genius bar, and was told they'd repair it for free - ...
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Is iPhone X (model A1901) totally useless in China?

This is a screenshot from the device that I have: I was doing research which Chinese operator is compatible with my device. iPhone X - Technical Specifications - https://support.apple.com/kb/SP770 ...
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How to get an iPhone 5 from Verizon to get data service on Project Fi?

I have an unlocked Verizon iPhone 5. I put a Google Project Fi SIM card on it (which uses T-Mobile's network) and I could only make/receive calls and text messages. I would not connect to mobile data, ...
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How to change carrier on iPad 2nd generation?

I have a 2nd generation iPad which has both WiFi and Cellular connection. It is an iPad that I was using during a few years that I was living in Japan and has a Japanese phone company cellular ...
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Visual Voicemail Save Greeting: The operation could not be completed. (com.apple.mobilephone error 1035.)

I have MetroPCS. I set up my greeting earlier this week. I had bad reception so called their support and they 'reset the network'. Now I can't save my voicemail greeting. I get this error. I took the ...
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Should I jailbreak my phone or unlock it?

My sister recently gave me her iPhone 7+ from T-mobile because she has switched phone companies. The only problem is she owes T-mobile for the phone but I doubt she is planning on paying off the phone ...
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Lock code needed to erase Iphone data

About a week ago, I went to the Sprint store, and traded in my iPhone 6 for an iPhone 8. They told me that they wouldn't erase the data on my existing phone for a few days in case I noticed that ...
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How to disable phone calls and text messages in iOS / on iPhone?

I don‘t use mobile phone call and text messaging any longer but I need to keep cellular data / internet running since FaceTime, WhatsApp replace sms and cellular calls with better quality. To ...
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Recovering lost voicemails after carrier switch

I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile today, and all the voicemails I had on my iPhone 5S (iOS 11) were lost after my AT&T account was closed. How can I recover them?
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How do I open a .prl file?

What program can I use to open a .prl file? I want to view the preferred roaming list from my carrier bundle, but I don’t know which software will open this file.
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Control iPhone Remotely

Can you control an iPhone remotely using Mobile Device Management protocol? or any other protocol/service? Of course, the user's consent will be obtained before performing any actions. I am mainly ...
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iPhone 4 jailbroken

I have a jail broken iPhone 4 (allowing me to use it as unlocked) but I have no idea if this phone was initially locked to a network in the first place before it was jailbroken. I have entered my ...
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(iOS 11) What does “ESN Locked,” mean? (Sprint)

I'm trying to sell my phone on eBay but they returned it and said the issue was that the ESN was locked. What does that mean and how can I fix it? The phone is connected to Sprint. Thank You!
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Wrong carrier name

Two days ago I noticed that my iPhone 7 (iOS 11.2 Beta 4) switched to another (foreign) carrier. This hasn't happened in a long time but since I live near a border I thought it plausible and just ...
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iCloud Locked AT&T iPhone 6

My Friend recently gave me her old iPhone 6 and she said that it was currently iCloud locked to AT&T. I have no clue what an iCloud locked AT&T iPhone means. Can I still use the iCloud Locked ...
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Is it necessary to select a carrier when buying an iPhone online from Apple?

I am planning to buy an iPhone X during an upcoming USA trip. During the buying process on the Apple Store, I am asked to select a carrier between AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verzion. I dot not ...
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Are all iPhones the same across carriers now?

I know that several years ago, some iPhones had CDMA and others GSM, and others yet had both, depending on which carrier the phones were meant to work with. But I read somewhere that nowadays, all of ...
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Where to find model for downgrade.Is that GSM or Global?

I would like to know my iPhone's model no. Is that GSM or Global? On the back of the phone it says “Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China – Model A1530”. I am from India. Where do I find ...
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Retrieving phone call duration on iOS?

I'd like to see data on past voice calls using an iPhone. How far back can you check for a time duration that was made on my behalf without resorting to contacting a cellular carrier or looking at my ...
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Why does my cellular iPad not have the cellular capabilities?

I’ve recently purchased an iPad Air advertised as ‘Wifi Only’ but it has the sim card tray & antenna. I’ve got the exact same model A1475 in a different storage capacity variant side-by-side with ...
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How to unlock an iPhone which locked to TalkTalk?

I have an iPhone 6S locked to TalkTalk (a UK network) which was bought from Carphone Warehouse - a retailer so it locks to whatever network of the first sim that is inserted (TalkTalk). Since ...
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iPhone, is Reset Network settings necessary after a Carrier profile install?

My phone carrier requested an update of the Carrier Profile (Delete + Install). They suggested also to perform a Reset Network settings after the profile installation. Is it really necessary? I don'...
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Can I use my UK iPhone 5S in the USA?

I have an iPhone 5S registered in the United Kingdom with a United Kingdom simcard and number from T-Mobile. I have moved to the USA permanently and cannot call or text any American numbers. I have ...
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How to connect unlocked iPhone 5s to Verizon

I have a fully unlocked iPhone 5s bought in New Zealand, and I wish to use it in the US on the Verizon network, however when I gave them the IMEI number they said it was locked and they couldn't ...
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Manually update carrier settings after dismissing prompt

My iPhone with iOS 10 recently popped up a dialogue prompting me to update my carrier settings and I accidentally pressed not now. Is there a way to re-open that dialogue? A button that should be ...
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iPhone Manual Carrier Selection

I have a Project Fi data-only SIM in my iPhone 6 (iOS 10). The data-only SIM allows my GSM-only iPhone (bought with an AT&T SIM) to get service from T-Mobile and would let me get service from ...
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Will SIM-free iPhone from Apple lock to first carrier activated?

Suppose I buy an iPhone 7 directly from Apple, and I select the SIM-free version. Will this lock to the first carrier it is activated with? Or is it unlocked for life so I'll be able to switch ...
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Is a sim-free iPhone different from a virtual-sim iPhone?

We read that Apple has a patent on a 'virtual sim' iPhone. Then we saw that Apple was selling a 'sim-free' iPhone. Both allow you to choose your carrier later. These appear to be different ...
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I have the same number on 2 different phones with 2 different carriers [closed]

I recently switched carriers and everything was done over the phone. I provided my account number etc from my old carrier to my new carrier and authorized everything to be transferred over. I ...
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“Could not activate cellular data network” - cellular data not working on iPhone

I am getting an iOS system error: Could not activate cellular data network Turn on cellular data or use Wi-Fi to access data. while I'm not connected to Wi-Fi and I'm trying to use any apps ...
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When I get a phone call or text, my iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac all ring at the same time

I'm a developer and it's possible to use BTLE to determine the proximity of a device from another. Is there any way to get only one device to ring when they are all adjacent to each other? For ...
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How can I tell if one iPhone receiver works as well as another?

My spouse and I were driving onI84/81 in Annville, PA. Her iPhone 6S was in LTE mode. My iPhone SE was in Edge. We both have T-Mobile as a carrier. Do the two iphones have the same radios on the ...
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Which carriers support iOS 10's voicemail transcription?

I'm curious because I don't see any text under my voicemails when I tap on them, but I've seen videos of that being what you do, and I've read that it doesn't require any activation. I don't see why ...
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Personal Hotspot question

So I have an iPhone that's connected to wifi. I forgot the Wifi password and want to connect a device to my phones personal hotspot, does it cost extra money if I do?
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How to determine carrier for iPhone?

I have an iPhone 5c and I need to determine the carrier for it. How can I do this? The phone is not currently activated and I do not have a sim. I need to determine the carrier so I know what sim to ...
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Data voice call between two apple phones

My girlfriend and I will be travelling in USA and using ATandT pay as you go sim cards while there. The only problem is that we don't get International calling. So I want my gf to be able to use data ...
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Do cell carries have access to FaceTime information?

On the newest iPhone, do cell phone carriers have access to FaceTime call data (such as which caller initiated and ended a FaceTime call)?
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Will my data plan get erased if I reset my iPhone 6s

My data plan is with T-Mobile and I have to reset my iPhone 6s but I'm worried my data plan with T-Mobile will also get erased. So, has resetting an iPhone any impact on a data plan?
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Is it possible to activate an iPhone overseas?

My parents brought me a iPhone SE locked by Sprint from US and I only turned it on here in my country (Brazil). It was not able to reach the original network. I wanted to unlock it but first I must ...
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Personal hotspot unavailable intermittently, “contact your carrier”

A friend has an iPhone 6 and a plan that includes tethering. A couple of weeks ago, her "personal hotspot" feature started acting up. It tends to be inactive. When you try to activate it, you get a ...
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Does Visual Voicemail work the same across all carriers?

I have an iPhone 4s on AT&T. I'm going to want to switch to an iPhone SE and also switch to Cricket Wireless. Cricket shows on their website that you can have 20 voicemails, but they also have a ...
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What is the advantage to buying a carrier-specific iPhone over a sim-free version?

Apple sells "carrier-specific" versions of their phones, as well as "sim-free" versions. If paying in full, these are the same price (e.g. a Verizon or AT&T 64GB iPhone SE costs $499, as does a ...
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Is there a difference between iPhone LTE band support and carrier compatibility?

I have an unlocked iPhone 5s model 1533 GSM which supports LTE bands 3, 7, and 19 (800, 1800, 2600 MHz) as per this page: http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE. These are the bands used in Spain (http://...
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iPhone Network lock - Fact or Fiction?

Following a recent conversation with my provider's help-line, the Customer Service Rep stated: CSR: All phones are network-locked. Me: Not ones bought directly from Apple. CSR: Even ones from ...
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Unlocking Sprint Network

I got a phone from a guy, his business bought him a new phone and no longer needed the phone, which i now have. His old plan was with sprint, and i use verizon. I would think his account has been ...
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What does it mean if the phone does half a ring before going straight to voicemail?

So many times, I'll call someone (iPhone to iPhone) and the iPhone will ring once, but goes to voice mail immediately about halfway through the ring. What are the possibilities? I'm assuming the ...
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Personal hotspot problem: “Set Up Personal Hotspot”

I am trying to enable my the hotspot from my iPhone 6. I am in the beta program (if that matters). I am on Verizon. Whenever I press, "Set Up Personal Hotspot" it brings up this message, "To ...