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I found a lot of posts all over the web about people who lost the GSM signal after opening their iPhone 3G. I was very disappointed that a 0.01$ component could turn an iPhone into an iPod Touch, but it seemed that nobody on Earth knew how to repair this. We rushed to his workshop, and I had a look at the defective iPhone motherboard through a microscope. You are looking at a SMD Wire Wound Ceramic Chip Inductor, 0402C series (datasheet from Frontier Electronics). I know it looks ugly on the picture, but don't forget: it is magnified 20 times with a microscope!
The track on the right was badly broken, and the pad on the left, which was supposed to hold the inductor, was missing.
I tried to repair the track the best I could (this time with a soldering iron tip of appropriate size) and I measured it with a continuity tester: the connection from the GSM antenna contact pad (you can see a small part of it on the top of the picture) down to the small contact at the bottom (what's its use, by the way?) was OK. Stéphane is an optimistic guy, so he told me not to worry because the component was precisely located inside the room! It was bigger and thicker, and it had twice the number of windings than the original inductor, but we would give it a try. The problem was probably that the inductor did not have the same characteristics as the original.
Since I removed the inductor, I have the feeling that my signal is slightly stronger than before, especially inside buildings or far away from a cell tower. Please post your comments on this page, I'm very interested to see how many people are able to repair their phone thanks to this. Oh, by the way, if you resurrect your phone thanks to me, and if you think about rewarding my efforts, don't hesitate to use the button below!! If Find My iPhone is enabled on your missing device, you can read : How To Use Find My iPhone. Mobilitaria is a Nigerian technology blog site where you can get latest technology news in Nigeria and tech guides for phones : android, iOS etc The naija tech blog is managed by a team of Nigerian tech bloggers. It is one of the top mobile tech blogs in Nigeria dedicated to users of mobile phones, tablets, phablets etc who are always on the look out for a Nigeria tech blog that publishes reviews of latest phones, mobile apps and mobile tech news.
You search your pockets, look on the floor to see if it fell, and go back to the counter to see if you left it there, all negative. Lost Mode – If you’re not sure who has your device you can always lock it by placing it into Lost Mode. Lost Mode will allow the person who finds your phone to make a call on it to the number you typed in, and will allow you to unlock it with the code you entered. Once you remotely wipe your device you will no longer be able to track it, so use this as a last step.
If your iPhone is offline you can still use the steps above to activate the Find My iPhone, the lock and messages will appear once it’s turned on.
Find your iPhone serial number either on your original box or by visiting your Support Profile. Whether or not you have Find My iPhone turned on, the next step is to contact law enforcement to report your device stolen. The second method can be very useful when the stolen iphone is switched off and later gets connected to a computer for changing software or formating the memory card. FindmyiPhone app allows you to locate your iphone from another Apple device through iCloud. Navizon app lets you know the position of your missing iphone with a continuous and accurate real time location reporting.
If you guys know any awesome tracking applications for iphone, please let me know in the comments.
Can some tech expert please HELP me along with many others who has no tracking software installed on their iPhone but only have IMEI & SERIAL number? Hi guys I feel so terrible, my Iphone was stolen and even fought with the robbers but instead I was hit and still they took it. If you set a weak password, someone could log into your account on the iCloud website and remotely lock or wipe your device. This happens immediately — if the device is offline, the two-minute sound will start playing the next time it comes online. On iOS 7, you can set a phone number and message that will be displayed on the screen after the device is erased so someone can contact you if they find it. There seemed to be two causes for the lost signal: either a small crack on the motherboard, or a missing component (often called a resistor, which it is not) near the GSM antenna contact pad.
First thing I tried was to replace it with a small piece of wire which I soldered across the two pads. I realized that several people were looking for this info as well, unfortunately without any success. I was already searching on eBay to buy another iPhone, when I met by chance an old friend of mine who owns TST Electronic, a repair center for electronic devices and computers.
This serie ranges from 1 to 68 nH (nanohenries), but although I tried to measure it with a Fluke 6303a RCL meter, I was not able to find out its real value, because it was under the instrument minimal measuring range (100 nH). It had probably been scratched away during my miserable attempts to replace the component with a piece of wire (the tip of my soldering iron is about 3 times thicker than one of these pads!).


As I had nothing to lose, I tried a last experiment: I opened my iPhone once again, and I removed the inductor.
If there is one, gently scratch the protective film on the track and solder both sides together. If Find My iPhone isn’t enabled on your device before it goes missing, there is no other Apple service that can find, track, or otherwise flag your device for you.
Don’t remove the device from your account however; as Activation Lock will be turned off and someone else could possibly reactivate it under their account.
While you won’t be able to find your device, you can make sure it won’t be used again until you get it back.
This makes sure that the person with your device can’t access iCloud or iTunes and stops any purchases. If you have any loss or theft warranties on your device this must be done before filing a claim, too. Once you report it stolen and do the steps above, all you can do is wait and hope that a Good Samaritan returns your iPhone so you can be reunited. Along with tech blogging he owns and operates a website dedicated to Craft Beer knowledge and information: Craft Beer Academy.
So i’m updating this with the latest softwares available which can be used to track stolen iphone. When someone boots the Mac, it will enter the recovery screen, display a message you’ve entered, and force someone to provide a firmware passcode you remotely set. The Erase feature should be used as a last resort — in most cases, Lost Mode and Lock should allow you to secure your data and continue remotely tracking your device.
Microsoft and Google don’t provide any integrated way to track and remotely lock Windows PCs or Chromebooks. I told him about my problem and he said I was lucky because a customer brought him an iPhone 3G for repair, but as it had spent too much time underwater (the phone, not the customer!), it was unrecoverable. After 5 minutes of searching everywhere for a 0.5 x 1 mm grey spot, we had to admit that we would never find it again. In the afternoon, while I was in a building, I noticed that my signal was quite weak, and sometimes it even disappeared.
I soldered a thin wire directly between the antenna contact pad and the point where I repaired the track. If you’ve already lost your iPhone and it’s not turned on, we’ll cover what you should do in the next sections. Best of all, you can play a sound on the device so if you’re in a place that Find my iPhone says your device is, play the sound and listen for it.
This option also makes sure the device can’t be used until you sync it with your computer or call Apple with your personal information. Next, change any passwords you have saved on your lost iPhone including social media, banking, and anything else that might be saved via your Internet browser.
With a love of sharing information and finding the newest tech out there, he is a great source for interesting news and instruction. You can use these applications to track all your iphones from iPhone 3g to latest iPhone 5.
Your phone will be shown if it’s connected to internet otherwise you can set an option to email you whenever the device becomes online. If you want to change your Apple ID password, you can change it on the My Apple ID website. Before I realized there was a screw underneath, I gave a little bit too much force on the motherboard, and it was already too late. Stéphane grabbed a box containing dozens of old phones, and he found an inductor which looked more or less the same. I was at home, so I had to work without microscope and with my thumb-wide soldering tip, but at the end I managed to do it. Check out the tips below to deal with a lost or stolen iPhone and keep yourself and your data safe. After reassembling the phone, it was not receiving any GSM signal, unless I stuck it on the mast of a cell tower! Now if somebody finds out a way of tracking down the iPhone thru those numbers, please share it here.
Lost Mode also enables a location tracking history, so you can sign into the iCloud website and track the device’s movements over time. I super-glued it back to the plastic case as it should have been, and i've had a full 5 bars ever since!
My inductor is there, it's in a perfect shape as far as I can see, it's not desoldered at all. Next on, there are no cracks on the motherboard, or maybe there is ONE but im not sure if it's glue from the sticker or a crack. However, i can get a full signal in the first 5 minutes after putting the SIM card in, i can make calls and text in the first 2 minutes, i think. If i leave it idle, the signal will fall, but if i make a call and leave it on and on, the signal won't drop.
I gave it for repair the guy who was trying to fix it told me that he has replaced a part which is common with gsm signal and wifi signal but it was no luck. I thought it was a software unlock issue cos i rely on ultrasnow, and i had recently upgraded the os. Those guys in Apple are freaks!!!! Anyways, i rushed to buy a soldering iron and simply bridged the gap with a tiny bit of solder and VOILA!!!!
The thing is that I get no service every so often when I operate my iphone and when its on charge and left alone the signal bars go up to 2 or 3 . And when I watch videos on YouTube and tilt the iPhone sideways I get couple signal bars but then again it goes back to no service. I have opened my iphone to check and the antenna bit is intact and the screws are tacked in the bottom.
The situation is that with 3g it works perfectly, but there is just no way it can use the edge network. As i get on way, or out of city, my iPhone turns out to be an ipod touch, just can't be used. So I saw that site here and the way you repair those phones. Because I can tell you, my hands were shaking taking it apart, and I wouldn't do it again if it wasn't for sure. It appeared to be a fake one and 'This accessory is not optimized for this iPhone' kept showing and the speaker did not work. 3. I took the old dock module and peeled off the antenna (it's only glued - watch out for the bolt connecting antenna to the motherboard on the other side of the module and the little plate that goes around one of the screws) and thrown in out.


What seemed to get things better was soldering the copper 'tooth' that's on the motherboard and should touch the bezel frame of the iPhone. I managed to remember about the plate that comes around one of the screws in the dock module. The iPhone didnt have the dock screwed onto the casing (the two screws on the both sides of the dock) so I took one of the screws from motherboard and it fitted. Once I screwed it good BOOM the iPhone works, reception works great and the problem seemes perfectly fixed. Had similar problem on an iphone4 recently, I think I accidently messed up the inductor because I need to hurry to change digitizer. I removed the inductor and but a dot of liquid from a Gaig curciut writer pen, voila, it worked perfect. STill trying to fix it. However I have another issue in that I cant even use it as an 'iPod Touch' as it is showing No Service and Locked. My Trials have yielded the following results: I have done the option where inductor was missing and no major structural damages to the motherboard.
I have tried wires in the soldering job across the pad and from the antenna contact pad to one of the mssing component. Everything was going where it was supposed to (I even answered my question about the grounding tooth in that I does make contact with that silver ring when under casing).
I had appeared as nothing had changed but strangely enough I started to notice increases in the numbers until one day yesterday exactly I recorded 4 bars within what was up till now a dead zone. But I tried one last thing: I noticed that when I held the phone loosely I got a better signal so I decided to replace a protective hard plastic cover I use to house the phone and there I instantly had better numbers.
One where we go across the inductor pads and one where we go from antenna pad to track AND from ground pin to board pin.
Are these two methods exclusive from the other? I think my connection over the pads needs more direction. I am glad I saw the part about not grounding the signal, but I need to know if I contact the two pads if it should work. Currently, I have a small piece of wire soldered across however my solder is thick. I do not think that is a problem because solder is conductive, right? Also I only get a signal when really close to a tower and in selected hotspots. My final query is about the grounding pin.
I bought the phone with no signal after reading that it just needed jailbreaking, but no joy it is now un jailbroken and running ios 6 will this fix my no service issue? I am very grateful, I was about to leave the plate in two until I came to this site, now was working perfect. I decided to help a friend out and replace the battery in his phone for him, after I got it all back together all of a sudden there was no signal.
After about an hour of searching on the internet for a solution I stumbled across your page. The components on mine are located on the top of the board so your photos threw me off a little because it didn't look exactly the same as mine, but the problem was the same.
I had to go to a friends house that has a nice lighted magnifying stand, and soldering iron with small tips.
Overall though my friend should be very happy now, slightly degraded signal is better than no signal at all. Thank you very much keep this alive as long as you can. But for some reason i can use the internet fuctions on my iphone and the funny thing is that they work much better than before i 'fixed' the display.. If there is another way to express my gratitude for your guidance, please contact me by e-mail.
I had the same problems and couldn't find any solution, even changing the antenna unit did not help. I had replaced my digitizer unit before, so maybe there i destroyed that inducter. After reading this site, i re-opend my 3G again, took out my microscope and voila, there it was or better there it wasn't.
I could recover my signal but there are a lot inteferences, particulary on my phoning partners side but as well in my earspeaker. Upon investigating I found out that the inductor is in place and there is no crack on the motherboard. I noticed that the signal come in the near of antenna (Transmitter), so obviusly there is a problem with something what is receiving signal. ITS EVEN BETTER THAT IT WAS.. i am so glad i can go back to my 2 years old iphone 3gs ( 2 years old and still rocking ) THANKS THANKS THANKS THANKS ! The inductors actually provide filtering and thus when I was out in the open, my 3G signal was amazing but when I went indoors, especially near other electronics I had no service. I bought a phone off e-bay to repair and someone had already opened it and after I put in a new screen and digitiser it only got reception every now and then and even then only 1 bar. I Coiled up a small length of fine wire, soldered it onto the empty pads where an inductor must have been.
Amazing never would have known the inductor was missing without your help, thanks a million. Was thinking for anyone not to confident in soldering such a small area use some conductive paint applied across the 2 inductor pads might work well. Answer:You're right, there's no need to remove the motherboard when replacing the digitizer. I tried to pull the display assembly together with the metallic frame and I broke the case as well as half a dozen other components.
In my attempts to repair everything, I had to remove the motherboard and you know the rest. It's a royal pain but I'm hoping your guide will help fix it!Answer:If your board is cracked, you should solder a wire like the red line on the last picture.
The problem I have is that the inductor is missing, and the board is cracked just before the coaxial connector.
My thoughts after reading this would to be perform the wire bridge from the copper pad to the track, and then try to repair the track further up. However the crack is really close to the coaxial cup, is there only one track that needs repairing? Es war zwar voll muhsam so kleine Teile zusammenzuloten, aber mit Geduld und viel Zeit, habe ich es doch noch geschafft. Dank dir! Grusse aus Solothurn! PS: Leider jetzt geht der Volumeschalter auf der Seite nicht mehr. The thing is that the phone still finds my carrier signal and other provider's signals under Carrier menu but it still shows no reception.



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