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Why Does My Phone Say Mobile Network Not Available?

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Have you ever been abroad, sitting at home, or been out at work when suddenly your phone tells you “Mobile network is not available” at the worst time? You aren’t alone, and it’s frustrating when it happens, but it’s even worse when you don’t know why it’s happening to you.

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The first step to fixing any problem is to understand why it’s happening. Even if you manage to fix it without understanding the root cause, it’s possible you’ll just run into it again without a solution. To stop that from happening, let’s see what usually causes the dreaded message to pop up in the first place.

Is it a Problem with Your Phone or Your Network?

The short answer here is that it could be both, but most of the time it’s probably down to your phone interaction with your network, instead of your network itself.

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So how do you tell the difference, and does figuring out the difference matter? It’s hard to tell if it’s your phone or your network from the first offense, but if the dreaded mobile network not available message is showing up frequently, then the root of the problem is somewhere inside of your phone.

Believe it or not, this is a good thing. If the problem is inside of your phone, it’s fixable, and within your grasp. If your network is having a problem on the other hand, there’s nothing you can do but wait for them to sort things out.

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If this is your first time experiencing the problem, where you first experience it matters. If it’s somewhere you take your phone constantly, then it’s probably your phone that’s causing the issue, but if your phone is in a new area then it’s a good chance that your network is at fault.

Sadly context clues like location and frequency are the only way you can tell if the problem is because of your phone, or your network, but what causes the problem in the first place?

Why is Your Mobile Network Not Available?

I’ve covered that either your mobile network itself or your phone can be the problem, but now how the problem starts in the first place. Most of the time this is a simple roaming issue, and in other, more unfortunate times, it’s because your phone is breaking down when trying to communicate with your network.

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So what causes the breakdown? I mentioned roaming and taking your phone to different areas because if you don’t have roaming enabled you’ll run into communication errors with your network.

At the same time, there are different types of interferences that either sever or muddy your connection to your mobile network. If you’re in an area with a lot of different electronics all trying to communicate with each other, expect some connection troubles.


There are multiple reasons why your mobile network becomes unavailable, but thankfully no matter the reason, the steps to fix it are usually the same. Fixing it doesn’t take long, and we’ll even show you how to do it so you won’t stay away from your mobile network for long.

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If you’ve run into mobile network problems that you don’t see covered here, tell us about them in the comments below.

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