Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2012 8:49 AM (in response to Antonylewis)
Lots of similar threads on this one and your own experiences mirror mine exactly. I'm pretty sure there's a bug in the OS; report it as such and get it the attention it deserves.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2012 9:13 AM (in response to David M Thompson)
Thanks - how can we do this? It seems that there is a global issue.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 5:25 AM (in response to Antonylewis)
I have the same issue and this is my 1st iPad, so it's not a restore issue, it's a hardware/software issue.
The iPad 3 uses the same antenna for cellular data and Wifi and I've noticed that if I disable the Wifi, then I don't lose 3G on cellular. It's only if I'm swapping between Wifi and Cellular data that I get the problem, it's as if the Wifi somehow knocks out the cellular data capability, even though you have a good signal. As others have noticed, only power off/on helps restore connectivity and then if you enable Wifi, it goes again.
This could be a far more serious problem than we realise...
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 5:48 AM (in response to Burkow)
I've already called Apple, they told me to get a new sim and do a backup/restore, all of which I've done. I'm just about to call them and let them know it didn't work, I still have the same fault.
The carrier I use for my iPad is T-Mobile, but not all of the carriers run on the same frequencies, so it would be interesting to know what carriers those having the problem are using...
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 6:52 AM (in response to Antonylewis)
Well, Apple service was very good indeed, they are sending me out a new iPad. I really hope that solves the issue because I love it, but I am a little apprehensive that it won’t. I’m an IT technician myself and understand the inner working of these thing a little better than the average user. All the tests I’ve done suggest that the cellular data chip is locking up due to the close proximity of the WiFi signal frequency. If the new iPad does the same, then there may be no choice than to switch carrier to someone who uses a different frequency for 3G, something I’m not keep to do because I have an amazing unlimited deal with T-mobile.
I’ll let you know if the problem persists with the new iPad.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 7:31 AM (in response to FazerWiz)
On the advice of a senior support analyst I was put through to, I have completely wiped my iPad and reinstalled it as a new device (ie not restore). Symptoms remain. I called Apple again and spoke to another senior support analyst, who was great. We did some diagnostics and he said he would escalate and get back to me.
We will see what happens. In the meantime I am keeping WiFi off and hoping that may do the trick.
Will keep this post updated.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 8:14 AM (in response to Antonylewis)
Do let us know if keeping the WiFi off works for you please, it seems to be working for me at the moment. Not ideal but as I tend to use my iPad more often on 3g than WiFi, it's a workaround of sorts for now.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to Antonylewis)
Ok, sorry for the post blitz, but I think I have a better workaround...
The trick is not to have cellular data and WiFi on at the same time. If you only enable one at a time in Settings then the problem (for me at least) goes away. Not ideal but better than continually having to reset the iPad.
So in summary: Go to Settings > Cellular Data and Settings > Wi-Fi and turn both off. Then fully power off your iPad by holding down the power button for + 3 seconds.
When you power the device back on, go to settings and enable either Wi-Fi or Cellular data but not both. When you want to switch between the two, make sure you disable the Wi-Fi before enabling cellular data and vice versa, then it seems to work fine.
This does seem to add weight to the theory that the Wi-Fi chip is knocking out the Cellular data one
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to FazerWiz)
Turning off WiFi works for me. I have no single issue with 3G connection from the morning (last 11 hours). The problem begins with turning wifi on, using it and then using back 3G connection.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 5:15 PM (in response to Burkow)
I switched off WiFi yesterday and I have not dropped off 3G yet. This morning it took an emotional minute or so for web pages to start loading, but once they started, data came into the iPad as normal.
It has been about 12 hours without losing connection, so this workaround seems to be working so far.
Will revert if anything changes.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2012 5:46 AM (in response to Antonylewis)
I live in Norway and have the same problem with my new IPad 3 Gen. It is pretty obvious this is not a telecom problem.
This is a Apple problem, and it will be a bigger problem if they do not respond and do something about it soon.