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mattschenker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have enjoyed using my 3G iPad while on the road to access e-mail, visit Web sites, and play games. But suddenly, 3G is unbelievably slow and almost always switches to "E" (whatever that means), and I eventually give up trying to use it.

To add insult to injury, my AT&T account shows some data usage during those times when I am trying but unable to use the plan I am paying for!

Is anyone else having the same issue? What's the solution?

Mac OS X (10.6.5), iMac 27", Mac Mini, iPad 16GB 3G+WiFi, iPod Touch 8GB/16GB, Airport Extreme
  • 1. Re: 3G Suddenly Useless!
    anthonylkk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    After upgrade to the new OS 4.2.1 last night, I lost the 3G connection with the iPad. only Edge Connection.
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    Captain Kibble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My iPad 3G signal at work has gone down the pan since the 4.2.1 update. Instead of 3-5 bars depending on where I am in the office it has dropped to 1 or 2 bars in the best locations and if I move around too much I lose the the signal completely. Interestingly enough this puts it on par with my iPhone 4 which has always had problems with the 3G signal strength in my office. I always wondered why there was so much difference as both devices are on the same network. Now I know.
  • 3. Re: 3G Suddenly Useless!
    mattschenker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Glad to know I am not alone!

    Yes, in addition to 3G problems, my WiFi is suddenly not as good either.

    I thought Apple was testing iOS 4.2 to make sure we did not have these issues. Also, why is it that every new update from Apple ends up having WiFi issues?
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    berkar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I cant use 3G tooo, in Hungary!!!! only E Edge!!!!

    what can I do??????
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    tuck01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same here, unable to use 3g in Canada after upgrading to iOS 4 last night. The service provider is working fine, just had a co worker check on her blackberry. Anyone have any ideas?
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    Patinito Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am in the US and after update 4.2.1 my ipad cannot connect with valid 3g sim card that i have been using for 4 months on ipad. i took the sim card out of the ipad and tested it on my iphone 4 and it works fine. the ipad is telling me that my cellular data plan usage has expired. i am using my sim that is unlimited. please help!
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    Dnoblecilla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I upgrade my iPad last nigth and i cant conect to my 3G network . I Call to the company and they told me that the problem is my iPad .

    Anyone knows how to fid it?
  • 8. Re: 3G Suddenly Useless!
    berkar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    somebody please write an answer from Apple, or I never able to use 3G on my iPad????
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    mattschenker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have been one of those people saying how great the iPad was. I have some friends who have been arguing that the Android tablets are better and telling me I should have waited for one of those. Now when I try to show my friends what the Pad does, it's embarrassing -- it just sits there stalled.

    I can no longer check e-mail, get on Web sites, or play games at all outside my home WiFi zone (and even there I am having trouble).

    What is the word from Apple on how to fix this? What are they doing about this?
  • 10. Re: 3G Suddenly Useless!
    a1000 Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    Another one here in the UK. Both my iPad and iPhone are useless after the upgrade, both on diferent networks and updated on different days.

    Well done Apple another great mess up with a so called "upgrade"!
  • 11. Re: 3G Suddenly Useless!
    Dan Peppett Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Another one here.
    O2 Uk / 3G iPad on 4.2.1

    Tried network reset settings to no avail. Appears there is a bug with this OS on 3G
    Anyone know Apples response?
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    PlanetOregon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thought I should add that I am having these same problems...

    Portland Oregon where I know I am within 3G range... Pretty frustrated with this.

    Only getting crummy EDGE.
  • 13. Re: 3G Suddenly Useless!
    Dnoblecilla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem, but I all ready fix it. What you have to do is go to setting / data control / apn ... In some cases there you you have to erase the Name of the 3G company , in other cases you have to configure the apn..

    Good luck ... I hope this works for everyone as Ir work for me.

  • 14. Re: 3G Suddenly Useless!
    Apple dude OS 4 lover Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well the same problem now with my IPad. Took the upgrade and all went smooth and I was excited about the new look a features but after a short while realized my 3G signal was very slow and the signal indicator was only reading 2 bars. I've tried everything from several web sites, blogs and forums to no avail. Re setting network trying the "apn" setting etc all failed. Frustrated with the signal bar issue I reverted back to OS 3.2 and now my IPad is performing like new again. Signal bars are back to 5 bars and surfing at lighting speed once again. I want to upgrade again to OS 4.2 because I think it was awesome but don't want the 3G problems.
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