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My Note 3 reported no mobile network was available. I was in a part of Kentucky that has areas covered by small private cell systems, and has frequent dead zones. Next town, Lexington, same thing. Took it to Costco where a bored sales agent finally found time to get off his phone. He didn't know why, but did the normal tech support thing: turned it off, removed the battery and chips, cleaned the chip contacts and reassembled. It worked. Just like an MS windows machine: close all windows, power off, and power back up. Seriously doubt if the contacts were the problem.

 

Did remind me a bit of my Community College teaching days in an Apple II Lab. Every morning had to remove all boards and clean the contacts with a pencil eraser!

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I've been told by Verizon reps that for 4G smartphones, removing the SIM card, replacing it and the battery and restarting the phone performs the same function as the old "Dial *228" did. Supposedly it causes the phone to update its roaming information. In your case since you were in an area served by carriers other than Verizon it was important that the phone know which network it should roam on.

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We just recently switched to Consumer Cellular from Verizon. Our CC plan is uses the AT&T network and am wondering if AT&T has a system similar to Verizon's (*228) where you update AT&T ?

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We just recently switched to Consumer Cellular from Verizon. Our CC plan is uses the AT&T network and am wondering if AT&T has a system similar to Verizon's (*228) where you update AT&T ?

About every two weeks to a month, turn off your phone and restart it. Just like the Verizon phones with a SIM card. "*228" only works on 3G Verizon phones.

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