Verizon iPad 2 3G Problem: Won’t reactivate without reboot

The Apple iPad 2 has been a smash sales hit since its release last month and we’ve posted numerous articles, most recently about how stocks are beginning to improve and how Consumer Reports rated it top in its ‘most-promising tablet’ rankings. Today though we’ve heard of a problem, which seems to be specific to Verizon iPad 2’s, whereby the 3G tablet won’t reactivate without rebooting.

We’re previously heard about other reported problems for the iPad 2, such as camera issues, FaceTime freezing and wireless problems. This latest glitch though is occurring just on the iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G model on Verizon, in all variants, the 16, 32 and 64GB versions and there are many pages in online forums dedicated to this concern.

John Scott Lewinski over on Cnet tells us that the precise problem occurs for some people when they have switched 3G off and want to reactivate it, but to do so find they have to reboot their iPad 2’s first. Although the devices are working fine with Wi-Fi, 3G connections either don’t work or take some minutes. This hasn’t been said to be affecting every Verizon iPad 2 owner but certainly significant amounts of them are complaining about this issue. Some people are complaining of many hours spent on the phone to Apple Customer Service, while on other occasions Apple Store reps have handed over a new iPad 2, merely to find the same problem occurring.

Steve Kovach over on Business Insider also reports on this problem and notes that Verizon customer service reps appear to be laying the blame on Apple’s hardware. Apple on the other hand is blaming the Verizon network. It’s quite ironic that this has happened so soon after a recent survey showed Verizon customers of the iPhone to have less dropped calls than on AT&T along with more satisfied customers. Who would have thought that after many Verizon customers waited so long for Apple iOS devices to come to them, they might now be wishing their carrier was AT&T!

Are you a Verizon iPad 2 3G owner and have you noticed any problems at all with your 3G connections? We’d be interested to hear from you so please send us your comments.