Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




4 posts

Wannabe Geek


# 132178 11-Oct-2013 13:15
Send private message

Hi all - my first post so go easy :)

Ok - I bought what I thought was a Galaxy S3, but now Im pretty certain its a rather good fake/clone. That part Im not that bothered about as the phone itself looks/feels/responds like an S3

The problem I have is that no matter what Sim card i try (I have a few lying around that can still be used if needed), I get no service.

I have checked the IMEI number (there are actually 2 Ive checked - 1 that is on the back under where the battery is, and a different 1 pops up when I type in the *#06#) and it comes back as unblocked.

I am not very tech minded with phones so now I am struggling with what things to try to determine the cause of this no service and what if anything I can do to help solve it.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Create new topic
2541 posts

Uber Geek


  # 913608 11-Oct-2013 13:21
Send private message

What cell provider(s) have you tried? It's possible if it is a fake that the phone doesn't support the necessary band for the provider you're using in the area you're in. Otherwise, could be a hardware fault.

Do you get any results at all when you let it search for network operators?

 
 
 
 


19282 posts

Uber Geek
Inactive user


  # 913663 11-Oct-2013 13:57
Send private message

Did it stop working this week?



4 posts

Wannabe Geek


  # 913667 11-Oct-2013 14:03
Send private message

I have only just realised this is a NZ site - Im in the UK, so my apologies.

Its a dual sim phone so I have currently got a 3 sim and an O2 sim in there. the phone recognises both sims and also the phone numbers for each of them. No signal for both. I can search for network and it finds a network but when i click on it to connect it always says "Unable to connect to this network at this time. Try again later"

As for what band it uses - i wouldnt know what that is or how to find it in the phone.

Thanks



4 posts

Wannabe Geek


  # 913673 11-Oct-2013 14:08
Send private message

Ive had it about 2 or 3 weeks now (bought from a car boot sale) and keep going back to it every so often to try and see if i can get a signal on it, but it hasnt done since i got it

4102 posts

Uber Geek


  # 913705 11-Oct-2013 15:16
Send private message

benno74: Ive had it about 2 or 3 weeks now (bought from a car boot sale) and keep going back to it every so often to try and see if i can get a signal on it, but it hasnt done since i got it


I'm beginning to think you might have been sold a lemon, that has either died, or never went properly in the first place, 

If you don't mind me asking what did you pay for it?

174 posts

Master Geek


  # 913710 11-Oct-2013 15:35
One person supports this post
Send private message

johnr: Did it stop working this week?


whats happened this week? I've had some people traveling from china with an unknown brand phone start to show invalid imei with their vodafone sim.
the sim works in any other phone execpt theirs, was working fine at least last month.

 
 
 
 




4 posts

Wannabe Geek


  # 913735 11-Oct-2013 16:02
Send private message

I paid £100 for it, and I know alarm bells were ringing at the time i bought it, but i was shown it working - well, working without a sim in it as i didnt have one and it all seemed fine, and looked like a new one too. 

But, like I say, i can accept its a clone phone but just want or hope I can get past this no service issue so i can actually use it

5546 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 913740 11-Oct-2013 16:15
Send private message

Predated:
johnr: Did it stop working this week?


whats happened this week? I've had some people traveling from china with an unknown brand phone start to show invalid imei with their vodafone sim.
the sim works in any other phone execpt theirs, was working fine at least last month.

Black listed IMEI info shared between mobile providers now???




Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
I install - Naked DSL, DSL Master Splitters, VoIP, data cabling and general computer support for home and small business.
Rural Broadband RBI installer for Ultimate Broadband and Full Flavour

 

Need help in Auckland, Waikato or BoP? Click my email button, or email me direct: [my user name] at geekzonemail dot com


5575 posts

Uber Geek


  # 913741 11-Oct-2013 16:15
Send private message

Could be stolen and blacklisted.

8198 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  # 913746 11-Oct-2013 16:21
Send private message

coffeebaron:
Predated:
johnr: Did it stop working this week?


whats happened this week? I've had some people traveling from china with an unknown brand phone start to show invalid imei with their vodafone sim.
the sim works in any other phone execpt theirs, was working fine at least last month.

Black listed IMEI info shared between mobile providers now???


The OP is from the UK and they do share  stolen info..




Regards,

Old3eyes


Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Arlo unveils its first video doorbell
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:27


New Zealand students shortlisted for James Dyson Award
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:18


Norton LifeLock Launches Norton 360
Posted 21-Oct-2019 08:11


Microsoft New Zealand Partner Awards results
Posted 18-Oct-2019 10:18


Logitech introduces new Made for Google keyboard and mouse devices
Posted 16-Oct-2019 13:36


MATTR launches to accelerate decentralised identity
Posted 16-Oct-2019 10:28


Vodafone X-Squad powers up for customers
Posted 16-Oct-2019 08:15


D Link ANZ launches EXO Smart Mesh Wi Fi Routers with McAfee protection
Posted 15-Oct-2019 11:31


Major Japanese retailer partners with smart New Zealand technology IMAGR
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:29


Ola pioneers one-time passcode feature to fight rideshare fraud
Posted 14-Oct-2019 10:24


Spark Sport new home of NZC matches from 2020
Posted 10-Oct-2019 09:59


Meet Nola, Noel Leeming's new digital employee
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:07


Registrations for Sprout Accelerator open for 2020 season
Posted 4-Oct-2019 08:02


Teletrac Navman welcomes AI tech leader Jens Meggers as new President
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:41


Vodafone makes voice of 4G (VoLTE) official
Posted 4-Oct-2019 07:36



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.