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service issue

Started by: cruicky68
On: 18/10/2015 | 23:46
Replies: 9

by: cruicky68
on: 18/10/2015 | 23:46
Can anyone assist me, living in Ayrshire 3g is patchy but since yesterday both my wife and I are struggling to even make calls. No service message keeps coming up. Is there a problem with the network???
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by: herne1
on: 18/10/2015 | 23:47

NETWORK SERVICE.Try putting your area code in the link below

Make sure you have credit or goody bag,
Dial *100# shows cash credit
Dial *100*7# shows goody bag minutes
Also remove sim, clean and check for damage.
Turn airplane mode on then off.

"IF USING INTERNET check mobile DATA is set to ON in phone settings."

APN+mms settings. Please use these correct settings. All phones.
Try updating phone to latest software first, usually loads giffgaff APN.
APN and MMS are in this link.
The giffgaff app on your phone will give the correct settings for that phone and you input manually.

You can check general coverage here,

Go to settings,more, mobile networks, network operators, choose O2 or giffgaff and phone will lock onto the signal. Job done.

In stubborn cases please do this, it can make a difference.
You can do a manual roam by first selecting a non O2/giffgaff network, the phone will set but not provide service, go back to network list and select O2/giffgaff again.
Also remove sim, clean and check for damage.


If you think giffgaff should be aware of this problem report it here

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Message 2 of 10
by: leenaliaquat69
on: 18/10/2015 | 23:48
Problem with network and signal, try resetting phones and remove sim wipe it and put it back. Also, check your coverage on o2 website and after all this if still doesn't work contact an agent
Don't forget to leave best answer if helped Smiley Happy
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by: kzafar
on: 18/10/2015 | 23:49
You can always check network status in your area
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by: formulaone
on: 18/10/2015 | 23:51 edited: 18/10/2015 | 23:54

cruicky68 wrote:

Can anyone assist me, living in Ayrshire 3g is patchy but since yesterday both my wife and I are struggling to even make calls. No service message keeps coming up. Is there a problem with the network???




Thanks for visiting the community forum!


Can you make/receive calls/texts to and from your phone ok? Do you have signal bars on your phone's screen? Or it could possibly be, Poor coverage in your location, Unfortunately Smiley Sad Try the sim in an alternative phone. Or change your settings to GSM/2G (Only) within network mode to see whether this will make a difference.


Firstly, Ensure that you do actually have an active goodybag or airtime credit available on your account.


From your handset:


  • Dial *100*7# to check your goodybag allowance
  • Dial *100# to check your remaining airtime credit balance


Check on your dashboard page to ensure that you do still have sufficient goodybag allowance or airtime credit available on your giffgaff account.


Check your coverage for any local mast maintenance/faults/outages/network issues (The service checker doesn't always update immediately. So ensure to keep checking back for further updates) Go here: Service Checker and Planned Mast Maintenance


If that's all ok - Try simply turning your phone off and remove any sim and battery (Give them a little wipe clean with a dry cloth) However. If it still persists - It might be worth performing a manual roam procedure. This will usually refresh your connection to the network and should hopefully restore your service again. Go here: Manual Roam


You might like to ensure that nothing has changed with your (APN settings) since you've encountered any problem's with your service. Go here: Internet and MMS settings


Kind Regards

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Message 5 of 10
by: navvy
on: 18/10/2015 | 23:53

If this is affecting both phones, and outside as well as inside, there may be a mast fault that O2 are not yet aware of.


If you use the Service Checker and put your full postcode in, you will usually get an "I disagree" button if it says the network is working fine.  You can use that button to report the fault to the engineers.  They wil investigate and get back to you within 48 hours.




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by: shash88
on: 19/10/2015 | 00:11
Check your network coverage here: Welcome to our network checker and all things related to keeping you connected. Use our coverage tool below to see the 4G, 3G and 2G service in your area plus links to check maintenance or scheduled work that may impact your connection.
Please, check you have good 4G coverage by following this link
and more

To check your Balance:
Dial *100# for your airtime credit (PAYG) balance.
Dial *100*7# for details of your current goodybag
Dial *100*5# for your texts.

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Message 7 of 10
by: billy1010
on: 19/10/2015 | 00:22

Have a check through these

Check your antenna mast

Manual Roam

Check your coverage
Click the banner Get a free giffgaff Sim
Message 8 of 10
by: elisabettaperra
on: 19/10/2015 | 01:31

 I am having the same issues:cannot make/receive calls , send or receive messages. I am experiencing very often  network problems and I have come to the conlcusion that this giffgaff is not a reliebale service provider at all. My phone works fine as the network was ok when using it in a different area. I am paying for a service that does not exist. Time to move on....

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by: bentnose
on: 19/10/2015 | 08:27
you can check any network issues on o2 website, try turning phone completely off for a few minutes before re-starting see if it helps
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