Greetings earthlings. (I think it's ok to be posting this here. If not please move.)
Before I get into my issue, please, I don't want to see this turn into some rant against Apple. I just need some advice and am looking for a solution.
If you can provide that, awesome! If you can't, then please feel free to move on.
Now. I've been having some pretty aggravating issues over the past month and a half. I won't get into what got me here ... I'll just start with where
I am now.
I purchased a like new (9.9/10) iPhone 3GS from a local member on ebay about 2 weeks ago. I was actually pretty excited because the phone was one of
the last 3GS's manufactured (2012) and it is Factory Unlocked.
The seller said it had been updated to iOS 6, which I didn't think anything about at the time.
So the phone arrives, I install my SIM and .......SEARCHING..... then .. NO SERVICE ... ???
My last working 3GS (on the same network) worked fine inside my home so I am immediately worried I have yet another big problem.
I head down to the mall and request that they replace the SIM I got from them when i signed up with my current carrier not even 2 months ago. Ended up
having to pay $5 for a new one
Install new SIM in store. Seems fine. 5 bars, everything is recognized.... awesome!
Then I head out to my car to go home and notice the phone is "searching" again. By the time I get close to my home, the thing is back to NO
Over the past week or so I have been looking endlessly for a solution. The seller said he tried 2 different SIMS in the phone before shipping it and
I know that there were a lot of complaints with iOS 6 causing many phone to drop their WiFi connection but I couldn't find anything about that causing
a network drop.
I tried to downgrade the phone back to iOS 5 but it seems that Apple "doesn't support" downgrading.
There was one possible solution where you download the 5.0 ISPW and then hit SHIFT while clicking RESTORE while in iTunes... you manually choose the
ISPW you downloaded and that is supposed to load the old iOS onto your phone while iTunes is restoring it.... but it seems Apple must have patched
that "hole" as i get an "error 3194" in iTunes before it completes.
My last 3GS had iOS 5 and it ran perfectly no matter where I was. That is the only difference bewteen these two phones so I have to think it has
something to do with this "upgrade" to iOS 6.
I thought I'd throw this up here and see if anyone here could offer any help.
edit on 19-11-2012 by HIWATT because: add