Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2013 3:19 AM (in response to Seanm85)
Just thought I would share my experience with this...
The guy in the Apple store explained that iMessage activates by sending an international text message automatically to Apple or something like that. Because my phone is prepaid (not on a plan) and my credit package doesn't include international text messages, it wouldn't activate for me (that is, I could only send messages through my email account, not my number).
The problem was solved by going to my phone company's store, they called up the phone company who added 35 cents in international credit to my number, which allowed the activating message to send, and now it's all set up.
It probably won't solve the problem for everyone, but worth a try.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2013 1:54 PM (in response to Seanm85)
Thanks for the solution!!!!
I have an iPhone 4 with iOS 7.0.3 and I went through those steps:
- Go to "Settings">Scroll down to "iTunes Store & App Store">Logout from the account
- Turn off your device, wait 1 minute or 2 then turn your device back on
- Return to "Settings">Scroll down to "iTunes Store & App Store">Login (can take up to a minute)
- And voilà! iMessage and FaceTime are back in business!
Note: it works without any need for a restoration.
This fixes as well all the problems in Google/Facebook/WhatsApp/etc. that require you to "Connect to iTunes to activate push notifications".
Thanks a lot to our fellow Apple Forumer Hunter Guerrero (see his valuable post here:https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5318138?start=75&tstart=0).
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to amelia1609)
I thought I would just let everyone know to make sure your "Date & Time" under Settings and General is set to automatic.
As soon as I changed that over it worked. My calendar was off because I was advancing ahead to play a game
Currently Being ModeratedDec 9, 2013 12:51 PM (in response to Seanm85)
Everyone make sure your Date & Time is set to Automatic. Soon as I changed that over iMessage worked immediately .Sounds strange but it worked. I also called apple support and they will pass it along.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2013 9:21 AM (in response to Seanm85)
It's been exactly one week since imessage went out. I have tried every possibly fix reported every day. Nothing worked.
I thought I would give it one last try and changed my SIM card today. It didn't work. I removed my wife's SIM card from her phone (same carrier and imessage was working for her) and put it in mine. It worked with her phone number on my device. I installed my SIM in her phone, it worked with my number. When it switched them back again, it worked. I'm not really sure if it's the new SIM card or the switching of SIM cards around that made it work.
I don't know if this helps anyone. I hope it does. I fully understand the frustration this may be causing.
I'm on 7.0.4, 5s.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 25, 2013 2:51 AM (in response to Seanm85)
For everyone unable to activate iMessage and FaceTime after trying everything suggested
This may help you
You probably are out of the United States
I mentioned in an earlier comment that a proxy server may solve the issue, however not all proxy servers work.
Today I found one that worked for sure
Turn both iMessage and FaceTime off
Put this proxy ( Server: 126.96.36.199 Port: 8080 ) in your wireless network settings then turn both iMessage and FaceTime on
Wait for it as long as it takes to activate.
I hope it helps you.
This proxy is online now, I don't know when it's going to be dead.
This worked for me, and it might work for you if your issue is the same as mine.