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    Upgrade or not (iPhone on TF)

    I'm using an iPhone 5 on Tracfone. My phone was originally for Verizon, but it works on both CDMA here in Seattle and GSM in Europe). It's 32-bit, so it's stuck on iOS 10. So no more security...
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    There's a small, simple and free app called "RF...

    There's a small, simple and free app called "RF Monitor" in the App Store. It will show signal strength numbers in dBm for both WiFi and cellular signals. It's much easier than dialing up Field Test...
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    The top-level Apple forum. Here's the thread:...

    The top-level Apple forum. Here's the thread:
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1902082-Can-t-make-receive-calls-data-works-fine.
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    UPDATE: A week after the first occurrence of the...

    UPDATE: A week after the first occurrence of the problem on my iPhone 5, it happened again. No signal dots, phone won't make or receive calls. Cellular data and texting works fine, Field Test Mode...
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    According to Settings-Software Update, my iOS...

    According to Settings-Software Update, my iOS version is 10.3.3. Settings-General-About shows the Carrier as Verizon 28.4. I don't see a any way to update it. Remember, I'm on Tracfone, which is an...
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    Can't make/receive calls, data works fine

    My iPhone 5 (on iOS 10.3.3) has lost phone service twice in the last couple of weeks. Symptoms: The signal dots only show 0 or 1, and I can't make or receive phone calls. However, texts and...
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    Hpham, thanks! I found out that you don't even...

    Hpham, thanks! I found out that you don't even need to download apps to get signal strength. On the iPhone, dial *3001#12345#*, and you get field test mode, which includes a numerical dBm...
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    I solved the problem by doing a full reset to...

    I solved the problem by doing a full reset to factory settings. Thanks to everyone who responded.

    Details: I backed up the phone in iTunes (on my computer). Then I performed a reset back to...
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    Here's an added wrinkle. This site showed how to...

    Here's an added wrinkle. This site showed how to get to a field test screen.
    http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/iphone-trick-settings-secret-bad-signal-field-mode-2943370

    I dialed the number...
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    I don't have another phone that takes a nano-SIM....

    I don't have another phone that takes a nano-SIM. Getting a new SIM from Tracfone is a nightmare (don't ask me how I know :-) I can take the phone to a local Apple store if need be. Yes, phone...
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    Low signal, or something else?

    We had torrential rains in the Seattle area for the past several days. Today it cleared up. At first, I blamed a very weak signal on possible water damage to the tower near me. Now I'm not so sure....
  12. I just got the "Could not activate cellular data...

    I just got the "Could not activate cellular data network" message, completely out of the blue. Cellular data had been working fine since I got my iPhone 5 over 2 years ago. I have plenty of data...
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    iPhone 5, orphaned but still kicking

    It seems that my iPhone 5 (the original, not 5c or 5s) is now orphaned. It won't run iOS 11. I've had it on Tracfone for 2.5 years. However, since it will still do everything it did before iOS 11...
  14. Does anyone know how long we might have in a...

    Does anyone know how long we might have in a particular area before the old phones become useless? I'm near Seattle.

    My wife still uses an old Motorola flip phone bought directly from Tracfone a...
  15. Thank you, everyone. And cyclone_99, the site you...

    Thank you, everyone. And cyclone_99, the site you posted is incredibly useful, thanks so much. The main page has links to info on many countries. There even was a page matching phone models and...
  16. SIM/network for trip to Spain (U.S. traveler)

    I am going to Spain for a couple of weeks soon. Rick Steve's guide recommends bringing an unlocked phone, buying a relatively inexpensive SIM card in Spain, and your phone works on a cell network at...
  17. Unlock/switch SIMs on a BYOP iPhone, for Europe trip

    Folks: I am going to Spain for a couple of weeks soon. I'm a TF user, so I don't have international roaming. So as things stand, my phone would be WiFi only. Rick Steve's guide says to bring an...
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    TF Customer Service Hell

    As of Friday, I have been without the use of my BYOP iPhone for 9 days. The TF SIM card died after working for several weeks. I've been to an Apple store. They tested the SIM and my iPhone 5. The...
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    "No SIM card installed" message on iPhone 5

    After working perfectly as a BYOP for several weeks, my recently purchased iPhone 5 now says "No SIM card installed." Cell service no longer works. WiFi is fine. The message appeared this...
  20. I should mention that "Alex Tracfone" contacted...

    I should mention that "Alex Tracfone" contacted me about the 442 minutes I lost transferring my balance between an old feature phone and a "new" iPhone. After a couple of emails back and forth to a...
  21. A Tracfone customer service rep called me this...

    A Tracfone customer service rep called me this morning on my landline. Right about the time she called, the old phone stopped working. She had me make a local phone call, which was diverted to a...
  22. My iPhone 5 activation experience so far: I...

    My iPhone 5 activation experience so far: I received my SIMs in Monday's mail. Opening the SIM tray in the iPhone was a simple matter of using the "push bent paper clip into the tiny hole" method. ...
  23. I'm on the trail of a locally available iPhone 5...

    I'm on the trail of a locally available iPhone 5 (Verizon) to replace the one that was stolen from my mailbox. The seller sent me the IMEI. It checks out at good in the Swappa Web site. On the...
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    The officer said that mail theft is a growing...

    The officer said that mail theft is a growing problem in the whole Seattle metro area. It was just a priority mail envelope 12.5 x 6.75, but the label did say "eBay" on it. We've heard of mail theft...
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    RATS!!! Pardon me if I vent. My iPhone 5 was...

    RATS!!! Pardon me if I vent. My iPhone 5 was supposed to arrive today. What I found in my mailbox this morning was a torn-open Priority Mail envelope containing only an empty box for the *case*. ...
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