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"Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: iaJim
Date: October 12, 2012 08:45PM
We upgraded my wife's iPad 2 to IOS 6 so we could try out the new Maps. Of course, we also purchased a month of Verizon cellular data. Her iPad worked just fine a year ago when we did this under IOS 5, but now she got a "Could not activate cellular data network" message. We tried restarting. We tried turning Cellular Data off and on. Nothing helped. She would get Verizon 3G for just a few seconds after a restart, then nothing.

Anyone have a fix for this?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: Golfer
Date: October 12, 2012 09:06PM
I can't get Verizon coverage anywhere in town, and you have to be on Verizon to activate. I can get Verizon's network here at work though. So, anytime I've needed to activate a Verizon phone or whatever , I bring it to work (or drive out north of town if I'm off). Verizon did finally get the upper hand with dealing with Chat Mobility (they were keeping them out), and supposedly Verizon LTE will be activated sometime after Christmas.
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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 13, 2012 10:35AM
Activating Verizon phone service requires better coverage than what you need to make a call.
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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: iaJim
Date: October 13, 2012 12:01PM
So you think if we take it to Des Moines we'll be able to activate it?
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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: iaJim
Date: October 13, 2012 12:02PM
Good to hear that Southern Iowa will get better wireless soon!
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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: Golfer
Date: October 13, 2012 02:03PM
If you go to Orient you'd be able to activate. We are just 3 miles north of town and I can activate devices out here.
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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 13, 2012 07:03PM
....so Wonder Twin powers.....not ACTIVATED....???



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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: October 13, 2012 09:56PM
Also, you could resetting the Network settings in the General options of the Settings app.
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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: iaJim
Date: October 14, 2012 10:36PM
None of these things worked. We went to Des Moines today, and tried activating there. No luck. Went to the Apple store, and got help, but they couldn't activate it either. They told us that the cellular radio was shot, and that they would sell us a new iPad 2 for $250. We didn't do it. The wifi part works just fine, and that's what we use most. I don't know if we made a poor choice or not. What do you think? Don't know what to do. If we bought a new iPad 3 we would be able to sell the old one for something.

What would you do?
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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 15, 2012 06:19AM
If the cell radio is shot AND you think you may need it, then now is the best time to sell. And buy an iPad 3



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Re: "Could not activate cellular data network"
Posted by: Chakravartin
Date: October 15, 2012 06:05PM
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iaJim
What would you do?

I'd back it up, reset it and install the latest firmware.

(I don't trust "Geniuses" to accurately diagnose anything.)

If that doesn't work then, yeah. I'd sell it and get the device that I wanted.
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