The phone was set up in the Verizon store last week when I bought it. I
didn't have a smart phone previously. I upgraded to iOS 10.2 a couple
days ago. That didn't resolve the issue.
Have you tried either calling Apple for support or going to your local Apple Store (if one is in your area) to get help. If it's a device setting issue or if it's a problem with your backup (if you set up your device using a backup versus setting it up as new) then they will be able to figure out the problem. Not sure if you are a new Verizon customer and ported your number over but if you did that sometimes seems to happen with ports...in which case you may need to contact Verizon to make sure everything is set up correctly on their end. Of course if you've been a customer that shouldn't apply to you. Other suggestions tend to be to replace the SIM card if they think that's the issue. But if you feel like you've done everything including contacting technical suppport with Verizon and contacting Apple for support (phone, online, or in store) then I'm not sure what the next step would be other than them replacing the device (don't think it's a hardware issue though).
OK, thanks. Backup isn't set up. I'm a long time Verizon customer and
am using the same cell number I've had for years - just upgraded to a
smart phone. I bought the phone through the Verizon store. I'll try
Apple and if that fails I'm taking this back to the Verizon store.
Thanks for your help.
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Thank you to all who helped with this issue. I finally called Verizon
tech support and they were able to resolve the issue. As it turns out,
there was a block although when I went into My Verizon I could not see
it. Not sure why. Anyway, it's all resolved and I thank you again.