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Could Not Sign In:  A server problem is blocking Apple ID sign in.  Try signing in later.

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bgwallace Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 13, 2011 5:21 AM

After a successful iOS 5 upgrade to my iPhone 3GS, I began going through the setup wizard the phone takes you through upon initial use.  However, I'm unable to make it past the part where you are supposed to "Sign In with an Apple ID".  The steps to reproduce the problem are:


  1. Click "Sign In with an Apple ID".
  2. Per the "Have MobileMe and an ITunes Account?" instructions, I opt to type in my MobileMe e-mail address (e.g. and password.
  3. Click "Next".
  4. Specify birthday.
  5. Click "Next".
  6. Click "Agree".
  7. Click "Agree" on popup.
  8. A popup error is produced which reads "Could Not Sign In:  A server problem is blocking Apple ID sign in.  Try signing in later.".
  9. Click "OK" which takes you back to the initial sign in screen.


I have tried logging in since 2am ET.  It is now 8:17am ET.  The server should not be down for over 6 hours.  Any ideas?


Thanks in advance for any assistance offered!

iPhone 3GS, Other OS


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