I was on my way to a potential new client to do a demo on an iPad development and NIGHTMARE - my iPad would not connect to the internet using 3G sim card !!!
I get the error”you are not subscribed to cellular service”
My iPad was working perfectly since I purchased it and I just topped it up with 100mb of data just to be safe – so what the heck is going on ???
I called the Vodacom Customer care and after listening to a million options Press 1 for this and Press 2 for that no options applied to my problem.
Luckily I remembered the Vodacom Technical help number (082 155) which I phone and within 30 seconds, I was sorted.
The EASY FIX:
On the iPad go to your Setting, click on Cellular Data and then click on APN.
No matter what they told you in the past, the setting must be: iPhone.Vodacom.za (not internet)
If you now go back to your web browser, it SHOULD simply work (you might need to give it a second or two and might need to switch off your iPad and boot again).
If this DOES NOT work then:
Call 082 155 (if you are on Vodacom) and wait till you hear the iPhone options. Press that and then when the operator comes on, tell him/her that you would like to register your SIM card for the iPhone APN. He will ask you for your number, and some security questions and then you will be done. You will hear the usual “Wait between 1 and 6 hours and then try again”
Once you have done that, simply go to the EASY FIX step above and enter your APN settings.
This will sort you out and you can once again surf away on the iPad
What this has changed all of a sudden ? no idea….
But as I like to say “You know what is the Golden Rules ?” “He who has the Gold makes the Rules !”
could this be more appropriate to Cellular companies ? I think not !