I'm in France at the moment, and my Virgin mobile is not able to make or receive calls. I've turned on roaming in my account, and been into my (android) phone's settings and turned on data roaming, and have gone into Mobile Networks/network operators where I can see 4 local operators (including F SFR and Orange F).
But when I try to connect to any of these operators the phone says "registering on Orange F" and a few seconds later "cannot connect to this network at the moment. Please try later". I've tried all of them several times.
We have a similar (but different problem) to Jinty, with my father's Virgin mobile phone. He has had a monthly direct debit arrangement with Virgin for over 10 years with no problems when travelling abroad until last September. He does not use a smartphone, has no data requirements, just voice and text.
In September his mobile phone number became known to some overseas fraudsters, so we asked Virgin to allocate him a new number which you kindly did and sent him a new SIM. The SIM worked as soon as we activated it in the UK. Since that time he has travelled in Europe three times and each time his phone refuses to find a network and shows 'emergency calls only'. We have spoken to the Virgin call centre countless times without success, they assure us that his account is set up for roaming just as it always has been. We checked the phone is correctly set for automatic network selection and spoke to the phone manufacturer (Doro), and we have tried the SIM in a second phone (Samsung) with exactly the same results, so we are convinced there may be a SIM issue stopping the phone from connecting to a network when overseas. Is this possible? Should we ask Virgin for a new SIM with the same number? Any other advice? He is frustrated and wants to leave Virgin, so you are our last hope.
Thanks for your help Liam. Via the PM's you identified that his new SIM had a profile error that you were able to correct immediately, and he is now fully roaming while abroad and rang us yesterday. You provided great service via this forum, but it's a shame the helpline staff could not identify the fault when given the same information that you had (4 or 5 times in the last 4 months!).
I hope Liam is still available to look into this same issue again. We were so successful in solving the problems back in January, but Virgin sent my elderly father a new SIM last month (4G perhaps) saying he must use it. I did the SIM transfer myself, activated the SIM and it works fine in the UK. But he has now travelled to France and Eire and the phone will not take or make calls - just like before!!! Therefore I suspect that the 'profile' put on to the new SIM was the old profile before Liam corrected it in January. This problem needs urgent attention, he is an 86 year old with poor health and without mobile phone access again. We are having to make expensive arrangements to stay in contact with him at times when he is near a landline.
I'm sorry to hear that your father is experiencing a problem again with his roaming service. I'll send you a private message requesting further details. Just check the envelope icon at the top right of this page.