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HT3529 iPhone 5 gets problem with iMessage "Waiting for activation.."

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TungduyDAO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 18, 2012 11:32 PM

I have activated my new iPhone 5 but I'm stuck at the message "Waiting for activation.." from iMessage. That's happened to my phone number only.

I've bought iPhone 5 from Singapore Appstore and activated it in Vietnam. Running iOS 6.0.1 after restoring from iTunes

Please help me resolve this issue!

iPhone 5, iOS 6.0.1
  • tungddao Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The issue comes from your ISP that they blocked your SIM card to send an SMS to UK Activation Center number.

    There is an easy way to make this right absolutely. Just make a phone call to these numbers after turning on:

    1/ To activate iMessage for your phone number: +445773142076

    2/ To activate FaceTime & Siri: +447786205094


    Good luck!


  • bonmat179 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi tungddao,

    How long iMessage can turn on after you call +445773142076? I called this number but still cannot active iMessage.

  • tungddao Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi bonmat179,

    Firstly, You make sure your SIM card is allowed to make an international call/SMS by your carrier.

    Then You may try dialing to those numbers again!

    Turn off/on iMessage&Facetime, and then make a phone call to it. A successful mesage will be come immediately.


    Or secondly, Try with these numbers too:

    iMessage: 00445773142076

    Facetime & Siri: 00447786205094


    Good luck & Warm regards,


  • Appletini6 Level 3 Level 3 (825 points)   make sure your email address is verified with appleid website. manage account, and then make sure your email says verified.

  • Simply Apple Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    Appletini is correct. If that troubleshooting does not work, wait up to 24 hours and try again.


    Also adding to that, try over wifi and cellular.

  • tungddao Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think he meant that's happened to his cellfone number only

    Apple id has been working fine until now

  • Jake_India Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Jack,


    Thank you, exactly what I was looking for.

    I lost some hair over figuring out how to activate iMessages and FaceTime.


    I even followed advise that helped others, mentioned here. Although I followed the advise mentioned in the link, I was unable to activate, I then reset and restored from a iCloud backup. Unfortunately I could not access an iCloud backup from more than a month ago, before I left for Thailand, where I got a prepaid sim that latched on to my iMessages and FaceTime account with the Thai prepaid number.


    Now I'm back home in Japan and cannot seem to shake off the prepaid number from Thai.


    Anyway, after the hard reset and restoration from iCloud, following many ideas online of setting date and time to automatic, I managed to get iMessages to register my Japan number, YaY!, however FaceTime was still not getting activated. I came across your solution and called immediately. The iMessage number worked I heard some automated message spoken in an British accent. My iMessages was already activated anyway...

    My problem is when I dial the number to activate FaceTime I get a voice message from my Service provider saying "please check the number you have dialed" I tried all variations of adding "+" and "00" before the number. Nothing worked, even sending a message to the FaceTime number you mentioned, didn't work.


    I figured if I could send a message and call the iMessages number you shared, I should be able to do the same for the FaceTime number.


    I am lost and I need to fix the problem for peace of mind!


    Request you to pleas share how I can get a hold of the latest numbers, if the numbers you provided are fixed for all iOS versions (I am on iOS 6.3.1), what else I can do to fix the problem.


    Thank you so much though, I felt like I was loosing my mind till I understood how the activation system works!


  • tungddao Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What a pity, Jake!


    Did you try to activate FaceTime by using your apple ID (email) ?


    If your email is OK, now plug your ip into a computer to sync with iTunes and then..

    Turn off FaceTime, Turn on again with your new SIM card inside. Try a phone call to that number!


    If NOT ok, stay calm! Apple server might be down temporarily. Just wait a few hour!


    ELSE, bring your ip to where you bought it, ask apple staff to give you salvation immediately!


    Good luck,


  • MaryamFz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dear Tungddao,


    Please help me via using my Immeasage. I called those numbers that u wrote but it was disconnected more and more. Im from Iran but when I was in Sweden it was working with my iranian phone number!

    I have tried many ways to activate imessage on my phone but nothing has happened yet.


    what can I do?

  • MaryamFz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have to add that, I have iphone 5S...

    is it possible to make to another phone call or...?

    I called this number "0044 5773142076" is that correct?


    please help me, I have had this problem for many has made me upset!


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