on 20-10-2011 16:24
on 20-10-2011 18:24
The plot thickens, went out this afternoon came home at 15:00 left phone in front room. Went to check if any text at 17:00 phone COMPLETELY DEAD. It had a 100% charge at 10:00 this morning and I backed it up. Nothing whatsoever will wake the phone up. Left it on charge, will have to see what it's like in the morning. Off to Nice on Saturday for a week so it looks like I'll be back to my old trusty Nokia E71.
on 28-10-2011 23:00
I brought a new Iphone 4s about a week ago straight from apple sim free, I cut my virgin (pay monthly) sim using this youtube guide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUpkX4P6FWA after some final filing. Avoiding the metal parts it slotted in. Although this guide above is not exact at all.
So i put the sim in, yahoo it worked. Within about 15 mins, i got a 'Sim Failiure' message and then, invalid sim in the top left of the phone, where the network provider is normally displayed.
Took it out, blew on it, it fitted back in fine. Same problem. I rang Virgin who were extremely unhelpful first time round, the second time i tried, the guy was great. I told him of the 'Invalid Sim' issue, and i suggested to him perhaps it was an issue with Virgin switching between to different providers (as someone suggested here) he sounded like he actually knew what he was talking about and assured me thats not the case.
He said if it was any kind of network switching issue, the phone would display a different message, or no network. Fair enough. He suggested a new sim be sent out, and instead of cutting it, he told me to buy a proper sim cutter online. So i did, a Noosy Lupo sim cutter off amazon. A ton of good reviews. Was about 4 quid, with £7 i payed on top to get it next day delivery (today)
on 28-10-2011 23:16
So my cutter arrives, I cut the sim very very VERY carefully, i had been without a sim for two days, and remember i cut down my original sim, so i couldnt even put it in an old mobile! No phone, i couldnt wait over the weekend, effectively five days without my mobile. So i was very careful using the sim cutter. But to be honest the sim cutter itself was fairly easy to use, slip it in, press down hard like a staple and the cut is fairly clean. Now it was VERY close to the metal part but didnt cut it.
I put it in the phone, it was a snug fit, but it slotted into the tray, and it WORKED.................. for about 25 minutes, then... same as before. Sim Failure....then Invalid sim. Just to rule out the cutter being dodgy, despite its glowing reviews. I took a risk and cut an old sim that is still active on a 2nd phone but i don't use, and no one has the number for anymore. o2. It was a even CLOSER cut as the o2 metal/gold bit is a different larger shape, more square but again it avoided the metal parts. I put this in my iphone 4s about 3 hours ago...and no invalid sim notice. In short, its an issue with the Virgin network.
I will leave it over night but i think i can confirm it IS an issue with the Virgin Mobile sim card and nothing else. This o2 is still working fine with the cutters. The metal/gold part on the back is larger on the o2 sim if that means anything. But from where im looking it's 99.9% Virgin mobile network issues.
Right now im sad to say im leaving Virgin (im on a great deal with loads of internet time) but i want to use my iphone 4s and i can't with a Virgin sim. Until Virgin issue a Microsim and face the facts, there is an issue with their sims on the iphone4s, then i have no use for Virgin, again a shame, as i am on a great deal.
I have a tesco mobile, an o2 and an orange sim card pay as you go here. Im looking online tonight to find the best deals and taking my number over. Again a big shame, but i think i can confirm to all who read this until they sort it, that it's an issue with the Virgin network.
Now the guy who i spoke to at Virgin said to me in January they may do Micrsosims, but he also said that his workmate was using a Iphone4s with a virgin sim. Clearly a lie, or mistake. Iphone 4 maybe, but it wasn't a 4s, they don't work with the Virgin sim.
Any updates or changes i will let you all know. But my o2 sim is still in the 4s fine right next to me working.
Sad times Virgin. Dissapointed.
on 29-10-2011 14:28
on 29-10-2011 14:41
on 31-10-2011 01:22
Wish i would have known!!! I've now moved over to Tesco unfortunately and it's worked fine since. When Virgin do dedicated microsims i may return, as of now im on a good tesco deal and wont be coming back to Virgin until they do dedicated microsims.
I tried an 02 sim in my phone for like a day, and had this tesco sim in my phone for two days both were cut down with the sim cutter. I've had no issues with them at all. So all virgin sim owners have to get their phones replaced? Not good. Never mind, mines working fine now so im good, just a shame the fuss i had to go through!
on 31-10-2011 17:52
So does everything work? If I were to buy an unlocked iPhone 4S and cut my Virgin Mobile sim card down would everything work (calls, texts, internet etc.)?
I have just spoken to Apple and they said everything should work but I won't get network activated functionality such as on-screen voicemail and something called virtual hotspot I think.
I'm not sure what to do here as I get a really good deal with Virgin Mobile in the UK and just want to be able to use this deal in an iPhone 4S!!! :/
Any help would be great!
P.S. I don't mean to hijack this thread!
on 31-10-2011 18:59
on 01-11-2011 20:11
hi, how did you get your iphone 4s to work with virgin media. i can call and text but cannot connect to the internet. it keeps saying no data plan but i have a 1gb internet plan on my contract.