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PDP connection error when not on wi-fi

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May 20, 2013 6:32 AM

This has probably been asked elsewhere so sorry in advance if it has!! Since leaving the house this morning (I use wifi at home) I've had "no network connection" even though I have full 3G signal! I've tried the hard reset & reset from the settings, I've turned my

mobile data off & back on again but nothing's changed, checked with my network provider (EE) who said its not my network and

to go to the apple store which I have but they can't see me until tomorrow. I have seen other people post about this on here but in there case the hard reset seems

to have resolved it but this isn't working for me! It's also coming up with the pdp connection error message when using safari.


Thank you in advance! Nikki.

iPhone 5, iOS 6.1.4
  • judysings Community Specialists Community Specialists (2,320 points)
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    May 22, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to Fordyy88)

    Hi Fordyy88,


    I'm sorry you are having issues connecting to the internet through your 3G network.

    It appears from the error message that the issue is with your Carrier. See below:


    iOS: Error message when trying to use a custom Access Point Name (APN)



    When activating 3G service on an iOS device using a custom Access Point Name (APN), the error message "Could not activate cellular data network: PDP authentication failure" may appear.


    Below are troubleshooting steps you can try on your own before seeing the Genius tomorrow:


    iPhone: Troubleshooting a cellular data connection



    This article will help you troubleshoot the following cellular data issues on your iPhone:

    • No connection over cellular network, but works over Wi-Fi



    Follow the instructions below for assistance with troubleshooting cellular data issues on your iPhone. After performing each step, please test to see if the issue is resolved.

    1. Toggle airplane mode: Tap Settings, turn airplane mode on, wait three seconds, and then turn off again.
    2. Restart your iPhone.
    3. Ensure that your software is up to date:
    4. Remove the SIM Card and reinsert it. Allow the iPhone to acquire the network again.
    5. If your SIM card has SIM PIN enabled, try toggling it off: Tap Settings > Phone > SIM PIN.
    6. Try another location. If a different location works, but the original location still does not, contact your carrier to report the issue.
    7. Reset network settings: Tap Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
    8. Restore the iPhone as new.
    9. Contact your carrier to:
      • Verify that the iPhone is properly set up on the account with the appropriate, current data plan.
      • Verify that there are no account-related blocks.
      • Find out if there are specific error messages in the carrier logs that could help determine why the issue is occurring.

    If none of the above steps resolves the issue, contact your carrier, make an appointment at an Apple Retail Store, o rcontact AppleCare to troubleshoot further.


    I hope you are back on track soon!


    - Judy


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