Samsung Galaxy S recent connectivity issues

About a week ago my phone started losing connection.
I don't mean dropped calls or sporadic service.
Absolutly no sevice of any kind. The circle with the line through it while "searching" kind of no service.
I have missed important calls and texts because of this.
Sometimes it appears I have service and will try to make a call or check voicemail and it shows it dialing but no sound and never completes call. When I go to end call, screen fades and locks up.
Like other people have posted, only way to fix is shut down and restart.
(side note- usually need to charge battery by now 'cause "searching" apparently really drains battery )
Had to restart 3 times today!
Only have 2 apps that did not come on phone and no games.
Seems to be common problem but why so long to start acting up.
Have had this phone almost 2 years.
Didn't see a solution when searching posts.


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Similar to a few years back.

For me it was Sprint. They had decommisioned a nearby tower and it was a secret for 2 years as my contract ran out. I was lucky and found out then changed carriers.

Post was last edited on November 2, 2015 2:40 PM PST

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try wiping the cache partition

Turn phone off
Press Power, Volume Up and Home simultaneously
Wait until the phone vibrates and then release Power and Home
You should now see the recovery screen. Use the volume buttons to move and select Wipe Cache Partition.
Press the Power button to confirm.
Select Reboot System Now and again, hit Power to confirm.

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Won't work

Tried the 3 button trick. The Samsung screen just keeps going on then off.
Tried several times.
All I've accomplished is killing my battery because it turns on as soon as I let all buttons go.

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Is the battery 2 years old?

I rarely get past 18 months on the phones I use. That said, my Sprint experience was not a happy one.

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original battery

Battery that came with phone.

It is a T-Mobile phone. Been with them about 11 years with no complaints.

Till now........

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Then try 2 things.

1. New battery.
2. Try some other location. My old Sprint phone worked fine at the Sprint sales office (naturally!)

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try it again but only release power key on vibrate

Press and hold:
• Power On / Off
• Volume up
• Home-Button

when vibrates, release the Power On/ Off button but keep the other two keys from the key combination pressed until a boot menu appears on the display. Now mark the entry "Wipe Cache partition" with the volume down button. With the Power On / Off button confirm that procedure. This function takes only a few seconds. Then the previously displayed menu reappears. Now select the first entry with "reboot system now"

if it does not work, then the only other thing I can think of is to reset the phone.

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