iMessage (Waiting for activation...)

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    Anyone else getting this message on the iMessage status?
    Settings -> Messages -> iMessage
    Under it I have that sentence "Waiting for activation..."
    Which kind of activation do I need to do to start using iMessage?
    Thanks.
     
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    Maybe this feature has not yet been activated by Apple?
     
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    Actually, I just waited and then it activated. And then, I was stupid enough to turn iMessage off. -___- Now it's waiting for activation again. But I think you just need to toggle the iMessage slider continuously. It's a pain, but it will eventually activate.

    ----EDIT----
    Yeah, just toggle the slider and wait.
     
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    Will iMessage allow for free texting between people in America and others in Europe, for example?
    Why can you choose a Location on the iMessage Account?
    If you go to the Message Settings and press Receive At and then press Apple ID, there you'll be able to Change Location.
    There it says:
    "Choose a country or region to allow iMessage to message local number in your address book."

    What is this for?
     
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    I had this issue with both facetime and iMessage during the betas, the below steps resolved both issues for me.


     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have 3GS so no facetime.
    Just would like to have iMessage activated.
     
  8. macrumors 65816

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    with iMessage you can text anyone in the world as long as they also have iOS 5 also it uses your wifi, or data depending on whether wifi is available or not.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Does my carrier need to support this new feature?
    It still does not activate.
     
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    No - I'm sure apple is just getting hammered with people trying to activate it.
     
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    Maybe that's it...
    And anyone knows why you can chose a region on iMessage?
     
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    it takes awhile to activate... I've had this issue since Beta 1 until now. You just have to toggle it on and leave it. I have tried turning phone on and off, doing it with wifi on or off.. Nothing really makes a difference.

    What I did notice, is that I could iMessage after a short time of waiting for it to activate, even WHILE it still said "waiting for activation." So there might be a slow communication between the phone and servers. Try testing iMessage with someone who you know has iMessage. Probably hard to do at the moment since it's just rolling out now. Also, when you're typing in someones apple id or phone number for iMessage, don't just type the message and send. wait for the send button to turn from green to blue, then send it (as long as the other persons iMessage is active, this will always happen). I did this a couple times to kind of kick the phone out of the "waiting for activation" time frame.
     
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    I just got the message unable to activate.

    I hope it isn't a having GM issue...
     
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    My apple id has been verified, but when I try to add my me.com email address it says 'unable to verify because it is already in use'???? anyone know why that is?
     
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    Process should still work, just ignore the step about Facetime.
     
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    activated and testing with a friend who is activated and still no imessage. boo!
     
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Me too!
    This sucks...

    Will there be an App or some way to run our contact list and know exactly which of our contacts has iMessage active?
     
  18. matty.p, Oct 12, 2011
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    Either none of my contacts updated yet or me not having it on yet doesn't allow me to see that status on my contact list.

    I don't know what to do anymore to get it activated...
     
  20. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think I managed to activate it.
    Anyone in the USA would like to test iMessage over the Atlantic?
    I'm in Sweden ;)
    Send me a PM with your phone number.
    I have turn off "Send As SMS" when iMessage not available.
     
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    Am I being stupid, I have not iMessage app on the iPhone, how do I use it?
     
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    iMessage is inside the Message app itself.
    Go to Settings -> Messages and check if iMessage is turn ON and ACTIVATED.
     
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    iMessage is on and it does not say anything about being activated. The message app looks the same as it did before iOS5. :s
     
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    So it says "iMessages can be sent between iPhone, (...)" right?

    Then it should be on. But I haven't been able to test it has I have no contacts with iOS 5 installed yet.

    Apparently, when sending a message to another user with iMessage activated, the send button will be blue, instead of green.
     
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    When I try to associate my e-mail address with iMessage it tells me it can't verify it since it's "already in use". I don't get it? It's just my me.com-address.
     

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