How to Get Out of SOS Mode on a Blackberry

Updated April 17, 2017

As a Blackberry user, you do not want your device to go into SOS mode because the phone will only make emergency calls. When a Blackberry slips into SOS mode, this usually means the device is outside of the network coverage area offered by the service provider, or that the SIM card is defective. You can troubleshoot the issue with a few simple steps. Once the problem has been corrected, the display should say "EDGE" or "GPRS" in place of "SOS."

Turn your Blackberry off.

Take off the battery door and pop out the battery.

Remove the SIM card. Check to see if there are any scratches or signs of damage.

Replace the SIM card and battery, making sure the contacts on the SIM card match up to the contacts on the device. Turn the device back on.

Check to see if the Blackberry is still in SOS mode. If it is, make sure the Network Selection Mode is set to "Automatic" by going to the options menu and selecting "Mobile Network" to view network selection setting. If the network is set to "Manual," change it to "Automatic."

Contact your service provider if the device remains in SOS mode.

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Charli Skipper began writing professionally in 2002. She has written articles for "Tiger Weekly" and is now providing technical writing for state government. Skipper holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.