Released on September 19, 2014, this 4.7" screen iPhone is the smaller version of the iPhone 6 Plus.

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What to fix when my phone says searching

My phone got dropped from about five feet onto tile floors. A day or so later the “searching” signal appeared. I tried everything i could find online. All the software resets and restarts. The SIM card. Etc. i did try dropping my phone as was suggested and then restarted it. It worked for about a day or so and then went back to searching. Now the “drop method” no longer works. I repair iPhones regularly and thought i would give replacing the part a try. However, i cannot seem to find a certain answer as to what part may be causing the problem if it is a mechanical failure. I have no problem connecting to WiFi, just to the cellular network. What part needs to be replaced, or are there other ways to fix the problem that you would suggest? Thanks in advance!

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Ben and Minho are absolutely correct, I do this repair at least once a week. One way to tell for sure is to dial *#06# and see if your phone displays the IMEI... If not, then yes, this is the repair you need. If your IMEI is displayed, go into settings/general/about and see if your modem firmware and IMEI are listed there, if not, then it could be the Baseband Power IC or 1 of 3 other IC's related...


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Baseband chip needs to be reballed, that will fix the problem usually. Only someone that does micro-soldering can do that job.

Any other fix is just a temporary fix.

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Okay. Thank you


Hey Benjamen, the general consensus in the community is that just reballing the BB is not a permanent fix. You have to run long jumpers on U1 & V1. this is a pretty extensive repair, requiring the removal of the SIM reader.


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