Face Time Problem - Waiting Activation!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by guklein, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    When I turn on my Face Time it does not activate. It keeps "Waiting Activation".

    Anyone with the same problem?


  2. macrumors 68000


    Jun 27, 2008
  3. macrumors regular


    Aug 12, 2007
    Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Oct 8, 2007
    Your sim was not provisioned on 3G. It happened on my wife iPhone 2G to 4G.. Call AT&T...

    Or your data was not activated...
  5. macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2005
    This worked for me:
    Go to Settings-> General-> About and let it check for any carrier updates. Then go to the Phone section in Settings and turn off FaceTime and Show My Caller ID. Restart the phone and enable FaceTime and Show My Caller ID.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Any other idea? My iphone 4 is from UK (factory unlocked) and FaceTime is not activating! :(
  8. macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2010
    i also have the same problem i bought a iphone 4 from uk and FaceTime keeps saying "waiting for activation" it is very annoying. i have tried many things and nothing worked. but i am using a cut sim that i used before on a iphone 3G and 3GS does that effect on anything?
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    I've pretty much given up on getting FaceTime activated by now. I've tried almost everything and nothing has worked. It might be that my carrier is unofficial.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2010


    I can tell you that this method WILL activate your FaceTime, I have done it on many friends and associates iPhone 4 with 100% success (my own included).

    The only thing I found that I needed to do differently than stated in DeathChill's post, was that once the iPhone had been restarted, I had to enable Show My Caller ID and FaceTime in that order.

    Give it a shot.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    This problem is happening mostly with iPhones from UK. Coincidence?
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Is your iPhone from UK?

    How can I check for any carrier updates? Where I find this option in my iPhone? Also, is it necessary to remove the micro sim? Reset all settings?

    Thanks! I want my FaceTime!
  13. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2010
    Check for carrier updates by going into Settings>General>About and if a Carrier update is available, it will automatically alert you by a pop up (you may, as I had to do, wait a minute or so while on the (About) page for it to show up... be patient).

    It is not at all necessary to remove the SIM card or do a reset.
  14. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    It didn't work for me!
  15. macrumors demi-god


    Jul 24, 2009
    FaceTime works for me on o2. Over 3G too ;) and I have a cut down simcard!
  16. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2010
    Have you tried calling your carrier and asking what the hell is going on?
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Yes, they said me all is ok with my account, nothing change in my settings because my phone is an iPhone 4.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2010
    Oh and I am not in the uk I am in the middle east and why is it only the iPhones from the uk

    Please help fix FaceTime
  19. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2006
    I got the iphone from UK and now using it with t-mobile in the US. I got the same facetime waiting for activation problem that have given up on trying to get it to work until 4.1 comes out.

    There is an app called mitime only available if you jailbreak your iphone. The app helps you communicate with apple server in activating your phone number to use with facetime. Here is the link


    I haven't tried this app yet. I went a long way to get an unlocked iPhone to avoid the annoyance of having to jailbreak every version of the OS update. So, I'll hang tight on not doing it just yet..
  20. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    It is so weird! Why some iPhones don´t have this problem and others can´t activate the FaceTime? :confused:
  21. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Still experiencing the problem - "Waiting Activation".
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern California
    Are you, in fact, on an authorized provider wherever you are located in the middle east? I've read about that being a problem for some facing the 'awaiting activation' problem. I can't locate the article at present.
    And I'm just speculating here- is it possible that because of where you bought the phone vs. where you are trying to use the phone, you are dealing with the same issue those who are on an unauthorized carrier are facing? Have you asked your provider whether it should make a difference where you bought the iPhone? Do you have access to any direct Apple support people? I know not much help...
  23. macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2003
    Mine Works

    Ok strange thing. I got facetime to active where I got that msg in the control panel that other people can see my phone number. I went to bed at 2am satisfied. I had earlier MMS msg myself a picture which worked I could send and receive an MMS to myself.

    Now i did visit the apple store and they could not help me. Whether they did something there on their side I do not know. I have a factory unlocked iphone.

    I woke and around 830am i checked and my facetime was turned OFF. When i turned it ON it said WAITING FOR ACTIVATION and I think i said *$(#&$(&. I went ahead and kept running up charging playing with it a few times. I read somewhere set the auto lock at NEVER. I did that. I also earlier set the DATA ROAMING to ON.

    AN hour later still nothing but maybe the server is busy yea right. I even tried calling someone that had facetime working on ATT and no option to facetime. An hour after that facetime was ACTIVATED. Under her name in addressbook it now had the facetime option as well as on my screen when i called people.

    So far it's holding. I have facetime activated on tmobile without any jailbreaking on a factory unlocked iphone. Anyone else see this activated - deactivated -activated again? I went ahead and sync'ed a few times. I also downloaded something from itunes. Sometimes the filesystem has an issue and Ive notice downloading an app corrects the issue.

    Ok well Ill take my victory and hope I have only run up $30 in text msgs

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