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iPhone send global SMS on its own

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I just bought a new iPhone in Singapore and from the very first day it has problems regarding on iMessage and Facetime.

It won't activate both iMessage and Facetime. I tried troubleshooting based on my experiences and also by searching on google.

Still the problem not solved. Then I visited my carrier's customer care and they tried to troubleshoot it. I told them don't troubleshoot since I have done it

already several times. Then they replaced my device twice. Now my problem is that on my bill. I see 123 Global SMS on mostly sent to UK number.

I don't send those SMS to UK numbers and why should I send them even though those numbers are not in my address book.


I tried searching google and found out that this is related to iMessage/Facetime activation. The device will send a silent SMS activation to apple server.

That's what I suspect coz my iMessage and Facetime won't activate after I tried to turn off/On serveral times. Until I request to them to change my phone number with another SIM. That instant when I turn on my iMessage and Facetime it activate instantly. Did anyone of you encountered this problem on your iPhone 4S?

Please see the link below and tried to read some info.



FaceTime Activation / Registration

FaceTime is activated by sending a couple of SMS text messages in the background between the iPhone and an Apple server. If your carrier does not officially support the iPhone 4, you may be charged for sending the activation SMS to an international (UK) number. Your carrier might also have issues delivering the SMS correctly which will prevent FaceTime from activating.

After enabling FaceTime in iPhone settings, your iPhone will attempt to send a "silent text message" (i. e. a text you don't know about) to Apple, that registers your telephone number on Apple's servers used for FaceTime. Apple then returns a "silent coded text message" to your iPhone, that activates the FaceTime within iOS4.

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1


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