I had the same problem on my GSM iPhone 4. After 48 hours of failed attempts and googling, I found the solution.
Here's how to fix it.
1) Download iOS 5.0
2) Put your iPhone in DFU Mode (Google it, you'll find out)
3) Restore as a new iPhone, don't use backup.
4) Voila! iMessage and Facetime will be activated.
Same issue here on my 3GS.
I've restored many times, including in DFU mode, with no luck.
Just says "waitinf for activation" - I can use an email, but not my phone number. I want to send/receive from my phone number.
Others with the same phone and carrier do not have any issues.. any help is appreciated.
hey..actually i have same problem 2 days ago n yesterday my imessage finaly worked..
in my case i use another sim card/not original bundling,then i use my original sim card/carrier, n it instanly worked..
so actually carrier does take the problem..
im sory my english is terrible bad,im from indonesia..thank you
I had the following problem: If I change SIM, facetime and imessage do NOT activate on the new number and still show the old one. In your case, since you are on CDMA, you do not have SIMs.
What I did was the following.
To be done just once:
Go to Settings -> Mail, contacts, calendars -> My info, select your own card.
To be done every time you change the sim (in your case it is not necessary, and it should be a one time thing).
Go to address book, make sure the current phone number is the ONLY one that is marked "iPhone"
(Deactivate/reactivate FaceTime and iMessage)
After a short while, facetime and imessage should be activated with the NEW number
NO "erase all settings" required, NO reboot.
Note that I did this with official carriers and also non-official carriers (all with a factory unlocked iPhone). I can now reproduce this on a regular basis swapping SIM cards ad libitum. It may work for you just with the address book and mail/contacts/calendars steps.
It's either a works great or not at all kind of thing. But I see a future in iMessage (its like BBM on steriods)
To update on my iPhone-off contract, even though it says iMessage is waiting for activation, I can still iMessage my friend in Australia (and I am in the USA) So I don't know how it's working, but it's working great!
Also, another one of my USA friends has an iPod touch with iMessage. It is working flawlessly!
Thanks, that helps! So it seems possible that Apple will (or even intends to) support SIM-less iPhone as iPod Touch equivalents.
I think the first night I tried this he was able to send a receive with "waiting for activation", but now it fails.
If it is a bug currently, I wonder if it's an iCloud identity bug. In the case of my son
1. I migrated his account from our MobileMe family account to iCloud.
2. His Store ID is my (email@example.com AppleID but his iCloud ID is his @me.com email.
Anyway, you've given me some hope.
I have, of course, tried various experiments with adding/removing his iCloud credentials from the phone, adding/removing his secondary Google accounts, specifying his Contact Card as "him", changing Location, etc, etc. I think I've run the gamut short of wiping the phone and restoring from backup (bit of a pain to do that).
I may try putting my SIM in his phone, seeing if I can activate, then pull the SIM.
So now I'm waiting.
I had exactly this problem yesterday, both on my iPhone 4 (which had been working on iMessage for months) and on my wife's iPhone 3GS. I spent an hour on the phone to Apple support, but they couldn’t fix it. All they could suggest was an appointment at an Apple store. However, I managed to fix it on both iPhones by using Google's DNS server, 126.96.36.199.
Using my own proxy server, I found the servers that the iPhone connects to when activating iMessage. There are several, but two of them are deployed regionally with the same hostname but multiple IP addresses (and consequently multiple servers). I am in the UK and when I do DNS lookups, I get the following results:
188.8.131.52 from a UK DNS server
184.108.40.206 from Google's US DNS server at 220.127.116.11
18.104.22.168 from a UK DNS server
22.214.171.124 from Google's US DNS server at 126.96.36.199
The regional differences in DNS resolution are because Apple uses Akamai Technologies to deploy local points of presence, which is intended to reduce latency and intercontinental bandwidth. Therefore your iPhone does a DNS lookup on the hostname and a regional IP address is returned. UK DNS servers return the above 82.96.58.* addresses in Sweden; Google's US DNS server returns the above servers in the US, which I am guessing are Apple's primary iMessage servers. The Swedish iMessage servers seem to be deficient in some way, which is why you sometimes get this problem when activating iMessage outside the US.
After changing the DNS for your wifi connection to 188.8.131.52, you may need to restart your iPhone before trying to switch on iMessage again, as restarting will flush the iPhone's DNS cache. Otherwise your iPhone will retain the previous DNS mapping to regional Apple servers rather than to the more reliable primary Apple servers in the US.