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Roaming Data Not Working

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Registered: ‎17-04-2018

Roaming Data Not Working


I’m unable to access data in Amsterdam. I get the error Could not activate mobile data network. I have reset my network settings and taken the SIM card out and put it back in but still no luck. Is this a know issue as voice works?
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Plusnet Alumni (retired)
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Registered: ‎25-11-2016

Re: Roaming Data Not Working

Hi rmcw,

I'm afraid there's no guarantee of service availability overseas. When roaming abroad, we don't have full control of the signal strength, functionality with the masts and local network in that particular area.

We do advise that if you're struggling to connect to a network to try numerous troubleshooting steps. These are as follows:

Re-booting your handset

  • Turn the handset off
  • Remove the SIM card
  • Leave it for a couple of minutes
  • Replace the SIM card
  • Turn the handset on

This will refresh the signal and attempt to re-establish a connection with the local network.

> Manually connecting to a network

We do advise that you may need to manually search for a local network and attempt to connect this way. The networks to connect to in Amsterdam are:

  • KPN Tel Netherlands
  • T-Mobile Netherlands
  • Vodafone Netherlands
  • Digicel Netherlands Antilles

All handsets vary dependent on their make and model however, a general search on an Android handset would be:

  • From the home screen, tap and drag the Notifications bar downwards.
  • Tap the Settings icon.
  • Scroll to and tap More networks.
  • Tap Mobile networks.
  • Tap Network operators. If prompted tap OK.
  • Tap the required network.

> Trying the SIM in another handset

If possible, try using a friend/family members handset that is unlocked to all networks to see if the SIM has any network connectivity in an entirely different device.

- Rebeka