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  • OriginalDigger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, its a generic problem with iPhone 4S. I had my original iPhone with this problem, got replaced under warranty after 3 years (UK Consumer Law) and I was given a new phone after some chase.

    My 2nd phone got the same greyed out wifi within 3 months and as it was still under warranty, I got a 3rd replacement.

    Guess what? My 3rd iPhone 4S also got the same greyed-out wifi problem. And I am being honored for a 4th replacement.

     

     

    Having iPhone without wifi is just like buying an Airbus-A380 and using it for travelling on roads. Why Apple doesn't own this problem and do a recall on all faulty products. Its a mass production problem and Apple should fix /sort it out. Its easy for Apple to ignore individuals but Apple is forgetting that these individuals are the ones who make Apple's business successful.

    As I have mentioned in my earlier posts, if Apple keeps this attitude, its destiny would nothing but losing all customers, which already is happening. For me, this iPhone was my last ever product of Apple.

  • OriginalDigger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, its a generic problem with iPhone 4S and it may occur on your phone anytime. If you are out of luck it may happen after your warranty expires and you will be asked for a chunk of money by Apple for repairs.

    I had my original iPhone with this problem, got replaced under warranty after 3 years (UK Consumer Law) and I was given a new phone after some chase.

    My 2nd phone got the same greyed out wifi within 3 months and as it was still under warranty, I got a 3rd replacement.

    Guess what? My 3rd iPhone 4S also got the same greyed-out wifi problem. And I am being honored for a 4th replacement.

     

     

    Having iPhone without wifi is just like buying an Airbus-A380 and using it for travelling on roads. Why Apple doesn't own this problem and do a recall on all faulty products? Its a mass production problem and Apple should fix /sort it out. Its easy for Apple to ignore individuals but Apple is forgetting that these individuals are the ones who make Apple's business successful.

    As I have mentioned in my earlier posts, if Apple keeps this attitude, its destiny would nothing but losing all customers, which already is happening. For me, this iPhone was my last ever product of Apple.

  • LeahNoelle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also had this problem for weeks with my iphone 4s.The wifi option was completely greyed out. I've never upgraded the software before so I had IOS6 I'm guessing. I did EVERYTHING! I reset my network settings, upgraded the software and even reset my whole phone to delete everything and have it go back to factory settings like a brand new phone.(of course I backed it up before hand but i still lost a lot of stuff) still no wifi. until I came across the blow dryer trick. I blow dried my phone until it overheated and gave me a temperature warning, then I shut off the phone, put it in the freezer for a few minutes, removed it, turned it on and BOOM. magically works again. It sounds silly but it works! I suggest this to anyone with the same problem. Something with the wifi chip in the phone acting up with temperature and the new upgrade I've learned, but I'm still not completely sure as to why this problem would occur so randomly. researching problems like this is definitely more beneficial than customer support in my opinion. They only want your money.

  • biju_samuel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    the repair job will keep you happy for nearly 5 to 7 weeks and the wifi will be gone again. they also just apply heat to 're-flow' and do not do any replacement or anything. even if the chip is replaced (which i think will be costly), i wouldnt be surprised if the problem recurs.

    i have got it done again for the second time but conked off again quickly. Now, I also apply the hair-drier which keeps it alive for sometime upto 10 days and sometime lesser. In the latest attempt, it was not coming back at all after 5 or 6 heating attempts. Then I held the hair-drier in such a way that it only hits around the head-phone socket corner, preventing the hot air flow across the entire phone surface. when the air flow covers a larger part of the phone, the 'iphone is hot' message comes quickly. also, i have put the blower at a lower speed. most of the time, i have held the direction of the flow towards the head phone side against the phone. the hot warning came much later due to this. that seems to have helped and the wifi came back after 2 or 3 restarts. i have now upgraded it to the latest 7.1.2 also hoping against hope that something there will help.
    Apple, after experiencing the 'top of the world' stay, cannot come out of their invincibility feeling; happens after tasting too much success. they are stubborn that they cant go wrong. only the customer can go wrong. the last thing they care about is good business practices or ethics in the way they dont care about this 'manufacturing' defect of iphone 4s. the worst thing is that by infiltrating these forums, they focus on the 'semantics' and think that through their 'programmed logic', they can convincingly turn the 'plaintiff' into a 'defendant'! They are not willing to address the worst manufacturing defect in a phone and on top of that trying to make money on the customers plight...with all that $200 stuff. Customers in India pay a bomb for the 'factory unlocked' iphone unlike the customers in the west with 'contract' plans. so, we here bleed the most...

    pratik, you can contact at bijusamuel2008@gmail.com

  • imnot2happy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i want to know why, if i have a perfectly working iPhone, in or out of warranty, and i do an update (every time that apple realize's that there are issues with the previous update), and my phone works perfectly prior to the update. then WHY should i have to pay for a new phone ? when it was their update that causes the issue to fail. it comes to basic monopoly, and all they do is blame the condition of the phone, when i have never dropped it, manipulated it or damaged it, then please explain to me why i should pay for their mistakes, as far as what i have seen and been told they are responsible  and i wont pay for someone else mistake ??????

  • mf_12345 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks to Ralph's suggestion

    "Go to Settings and turn Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb ON

    Power down and wait 5-10 minutes

    Power up

    Go to Settings and turn Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb OFF"

    The first time I tried this method, it only worked for about few seconds;

    I tried the same method the third time, and now I have my WiFi back!!

    Thank you very much, Ralph!! You rocks!


  • Rahaxo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Ralph, you recommendation worked perfectly.

  • sarahinnice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just to let everyone know of my own experience today and thanks to all you guys for your suggestions. I tried them all, but what worked for me, albeit temporarily, is the fridge method. I just put the phone in a plastic container, put it in the fridge (not freezer) for half an hour, then turned power off and on again, and lo and behold wifi!!!  But then sadly, as the phone warmed up again (maybe?),  the greyed out wif-fi has gone, but 'choose a network' is not choosing anything, and so it seems the phone is doomed to forever live in the fridge, as Lucifer in the icy level of Dis.

  • emadfromankara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can just restart your phone pressing 15 seconds both power and home button. It will recover your problem. My problem solved by this method.

  • sarahinnice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will give it a go, but can you tell me - excuse my ignorance, which is the 'home button' - do you mean the button beneath the bottom of the screen?  thanks!

  • emadfromankara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Sarahinnice

    exactly yes! the button which turns you back into home menu and can exit all apps. (actually I heard its name which is home button, sorry if I gave wrong info.)

     

    regards

    emad

  • sarahinnice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Emad, but it didn't work I tried a couple of times and still no good. But guess there are some phones out there that work with certain methods and others that dont! all the best, Sarah

  • emadfromankara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Sarah

    Did you try restart your phone before network reset?

    Actually same as yours my iphone did not respond after network reset and restart at first.

    may be you should first reset your network reset ( setting>general>reset>reset network setting) and after that try to restart your device.

    if it did not work, I do not know what should you do next.... but I hope it will work

     

    take care

    emad rezvankhah

  • sarahinnice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Emad, but that didn't work either - tried a few times Anyway, I guess I can live without it for now - as I get an upgrade in November with my service provider. But any other ideas all welcome - I guess I'll try the fridge trick again, and see if it stays on after that, but as said before, I don't really want my phone to spend its life in the fridge!

  • emadfromankara Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    An interesting point is that my iphone's wifi button come into gray mode and does not work again.

    I've tried all options and it did not work I've constrained to use 3G which is a battery killer and iphone comes really hot !

     

    by the way if you find a new description please let me know