3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2013 2:43 AM by Meg St._Clair
Mattimore Level 1 Level 1

I am currently studying abroad in Athens, Greece.

 

iMessage has been working fine, that is, until I updated to the most recent iOS 6.1 software a few days ago. Since my iphone rebooted, my iMessage simply will not activate. It either says "waiting for activation" indefinitely; or, if I toggle the off/on for iMessage a few times, it says "an error occured during activation. try again." I've tried pretty much everything suggested in various forums without luck, including the standard.. turn iMessage and Facetime off, reset Network Settings, then turning iMessage and Facetime back on again. I'm running out of ostensible options.

 

Might this be the result of my being outside of the United States, with an American carrier (verizon), trying to activate my phone from somewhere (Greece) not authorized to facilitate such activation? Just an idea. Any help would greatly be appreciated, since it is my main form of communication while abroad.

 

Thank you in advance for any input/advice/ideas/assistance.

 

-Mattimore


iPhone 5, iOS 6.1, Currently in Athens, Greece
Reply by Meg St._Clair on Feb 8, 2013 2:43 AM Helpful

You don't have to have an international data plan to text. Text and data are two different things. You do have to have the cellular portion of you phone turned on so that the phone can send a text. If you have your phone suspended through Verizon and are just using it on WiFi, you're out of luck.

 

You might be able to use another instant messaging app such as Skype.

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  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Your phone has to be able to send a text message in order for iMessage to activate. Can you send international texts?

  • Mattimore Level 1 Level 1

    Nah I can't since I don't have an international data plan or anything... I can only use my phone via wifi. Is there no other way to activate iMessage? There must be... Or could I activate it by sending a text from a different phone? (I have a Greek number too)

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    You don't have to have an international data plan to text. Text and data are two different things. You do have to have the cellular portion of you phone turned on so that the phone can send a text. If you have your phone suspended through Verizon and are just using it on WiFi, you're out of luck.

     

    You might be able to use another instant messaging app such as Skype.