Well thanks I tried that for the sixth time, message changed .......... not covered by plan, then the 611 routine. I contacted moderator, thanks for your help. Ill post if it ever gets back going again.
Tried switching the sim card from my i phone 5 into my i phone 6 and the 6 then works so it is the sim card that seems to be wrong or something at the Public Mobile end as the phone works fine with my other sim card from Public in it. Still no response from a moderator.