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Motorola RAZR V3 No signal (bars)

My phone looks okay, powers on, looks to register, but for some reason no signal (bars) so calls cannot be received or made, carrier is Cingular (ATT). This problem just popped out of nowhere.

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  • scm_pa Nov 05, 2007

    I'm on Verizon and I am experiencing the same problem. My wife has the same phone (bought the same day as mine) and when mine has no signal hers will have 3 or 4 bars. Another oddity of this problem is that I will have a signal, receive a call and when the call is done I suddenly have no signal.

    I'm trying to find out if the battery could possibly be the cause. The reason being is that after shutting off and turning on the phone several times with no success in getting a signal I put my wifes battery into my phone and it suddenly had signal and no occurrence of my problem. Thinking the battery may be the issue I then let the battery run down to the point that the phone shut off (I do this somewhat frequently) and put it on the charger and did not turn it on until the charge was complete. At this point the problem was not occurring until my battery was down to one bar. Then the problem started occurring again. I then shut off the phone and put it on the charger for awhile. I turned the phone on and sure enough I had signal.

    I may be chasing shadows with the battery theory but.....

  • robert1971 Nov 09, 2007

    At&t sim don't work all the time but cingular sim works all the time?? why?

  • Anonymous Dec 04, 2007

    After I flashed my Motorola V3 Razr,I can't make any calls in or out and no voice mails or text messages?

    I don't believe it's the MP I put on it because I have had three different ones on there and had the same problem. Cingular service,MP setup for Cingular but can't access the web either.

    Is there something I can Flash/Flex to fix this??

  • Anonymous May 28, 2008

    what will i do? my V3 motorola has no signal... it always stated "for emergency only"... and no bar signal at all. please tell me what to do?


  • passionate12 Jun 04, 2008

    Frens i hav problem with motrola V3 no network. if u have any idea to fix it, plz help me with ur tips on my mail.

  • kennyotis Jul 15, 2008

    My phone looks okay, powers on, looks to register, but for some reason
    no signal (bars) so calls cannot be received or made, carrier is
    Cingular (ATT). This problem just popped out of nowhere.

    I copied this from another email...but it is the exact problem i have

  • rpena Jul 17, 2008

    Received new Motorola Razr V3 phone, starts up fine, looks to register, then there are no signal bars and phone says emergency use only.

  • jessica_ivon Aug 29, 2008

    I have the same exact problem, the phone read my sim card, it has my information it worked for a while and then all of a sudden the signal bars were gone and I can't make calls or recieve them. Also the external display just shows up whenever it wants to.

  • bquintero444 Oct 29, 2008

    my razr doesnt have any was working fine before. it just popped out of nowhere

  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    My phone looks okay, powers on, looks to register, but for some reason no signal (bars) so calls cannot be received or made, carrier is Cingular (ATT). This problem just popped out of nowhere

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    charged phone with power off (normally charge with on) and now no signal

  • Anonymous May 25, 2009

    i have the same problem. phone is charged and i get the regular screen.the phone work for like 2, 3 hours but soon i got no bar.



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I had the same problem with my phone- i got a cheap generic battery to replace the old one (which wasn't holding a charge for a full day, at that) and then i lost all signal, basically. I tried what scm_pa said he did - charged my old battery up, with the phone off, till the charge was complete- turned the phone on, and voila, reception!

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I hope you didn't plug an external antenna into your V3. That's what I did, and have been having problems ever since. The external antenna jack is plastic and breaks easily. I can't find a replacement for that part, but I replaced the internal antenna (ordered it from cellular nationwide network for $7). Now the signal is sketchy. I can get a signal outside, but not inside the house. I think I'm getting interference from my wireless DSL network.

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It may be your battery or service provider. Try borrowing a sim card off someone to test the network.

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