1. A method comprising:maintaining, at a user equipment (UE), a count of signaling connection release indication (SCRI) messages sent by the UE to a network, said count maintained while a SCRI inhibit timer is not running;
determining whether a current value of the count is equal to or exceeds a predetermined value;
responsive to a determination of the current value of the count being equal to or exceeding the predetermined value, stopping the sending of further SCRI messages with a cause set;
while the sending of further SCRI messages with a cause set is stopped, determining that the UE has uplink packet switched (PS) data to transmit or the UE has received a page; and
in response to determining the UE having uplink PS data to transmit or receiving a page, resetting the count at the UE before sending further SCRI messages.