3G S iTunes activation: Painless?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Synthetickiller, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Synthetickiller macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2009
    I haven't received my 3G S yet, probably around 6 PM since thats when the UPS guys usually shows up. How has the activation process via iTunes gone so far, mostly everything is getting through it hassle free or are the servers starting to get overloaded?
  2. Zarile3 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    I plugged it in, 3 minutes later, I was messaging my wife that I got my phone.

  3. Woz Beard macrumors regular

    Woz Beard

    Aug 7, 2008
    It took me a total of two minutes at the store at 6am. I'm sure it will be a different story come 6pm.
  4. jping2007 macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2009
    ive been trying to activate mine for about 30minutes. it still says please wait while we process your request.
  5. Synthetickiller thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2009
    I'm probably SOL tonight then. :rolleyes:
  6. tayshon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    Quick and painless, I spent more time restoring from a back up then activation.
  7. Claypidgeon macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    The number of threads complaining about activation issues are starting to multiply :) Tonight could hurt...
  8. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    They activated mine in the AT&T store this morning while I waited. Completely painless.
  9. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    Mine's said 'waiting for activation' for over an hour now.
  10. Synthetickiller thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2009
    I'd bet you my entire life savings that if its already getting bad, it IS going to be super difficult, if not bordering on impossible tonight. I won't bother to keep you guys posted, there'll be enough complaints later.;)
  11. RKilbane20 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
  12. ljmjag macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2005
    I had mine delivered this morning as well. So far 30 minutes to process activation and still going...
  13. azsprty macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2009
    very painless for me. I was set up and home within 30 minutes of the process starting at the app store
  14. brokencrayon macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2006
    Haven't even gotten to the activation process yet... As soon as I plug it in, it keeps getting stuck on "We could not complete your iTunes store request. The network connection has timed out."
  15. gswilder macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2007

    Mine activated at home via iTunes about 10am EDT. Only took about 1 minute.

    Last night, I upgrade one of the kids 2G to a 3G. That took about an hour. Eventually, I had to power off the iPhone and back on, to get it to activate.
  16. Synthetickiller thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2009
    Can you use the phone itself without activation? I'd rather play with it than have it sit there. At least I'd have a working phone temporarily.
  17. ljmjag macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2005
    I just got off the phone with AT&T. At home activations can take 3-4 hours.
  18. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
    I signed for package
    I unpacked iPhone
    I plugged in iPhone
    I activated

    5 minutes in all.

    Syncing a my phone now. Not doing a restore from backup. I want mine fresh as lettuce.
  19. jchiou macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2009
    Northern Virginia
    so how should we do them? i just called at&t and the guy said "if you got your phone from apple, you should do them from itunes and not come in stores" ... i don't know. should i try going to the at&t store to see if they can activate it for me? i also need to port a number..
  20. Synthetickiller thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2009
    I would like to know too. I don't see what the issue is, besides the fact that they don't want to activate a phone.
  21. mathewr macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007

    have u unplugged it and then plugged it back in

    iphone came around 1240 it was activated by 1245. very happy about that
  22. diabolic macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2007
    Austin, Texas
    Yes, you can. In fact, it tells you that you can disconnect the phone from iTunes and use any function that doesn't require the phone connection while waiting for it to activate.
  23. Synthetickiller thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2009
    Thank you!

    I guess if the activation takes too long, i just unplug and plug in again anyways? I'm a little confused honestly.
  24. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    You guys using new sim card or old to activate?
  25. mathewr macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    i used new

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