At approx. 7:30AM today my iPhone 5 went from working perfectly fine to "searching..." for a signal. I have turned off the phone, reset it, turned off and on airport mode, etc and nothing has solved it.
Is there any remedy for this?
Apple's good service and phone replacement is limited to if your phone is under warranty.
I just experienced the never-ending searching and wanted to share some advice.
I traveled out of the cellular network and turned off my phone. The phone was turned back on when I returned to an area where the phone previously connected to the network. When the phone began searching for the network I performed the recommended trouble shooting steps, power on/off, reset network, took it to the Spring store, etc than to the Apple store. No connection success. Although the phone could connect via wi-fi and everything else worked fine the phone would not connect to the cellular network and phone and internet service was not available. I asked the Apple Genius Bar if their efforts would still allow me to update my phone via the backup information on the icloud. The answer was yes. However after all their efforts my phone was returned to me and can only be used as a paperweight. The phone is USELESS, locked in the set up menu and is continues to search for a network. The phone cannot access my contact or search via wi-fi.
DO NOT ATTEMPT A FACTORY RESET or Let Apple attempt removing/adding your device to existing cellular service unless your phone is under warranty or you are prepared to purchase a new phone.
I'm having this same problem with my phone since a few hours ago. I notice its been awhile since anyone posted about this issue. I just had this phone replaced because it quit working completely-wouldnt even power up. It took my local sprint repair center almost 2 weeks to get my replacement phone because it was back-ordered. I'm not looking forward to going through that all over again. If someone has figured out a way to fix it that would be wonderful.