4S activation: quit banging on it

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  1. spblat macrumors 6502a

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    This information may be percolating up in various threads, but I think it warrants extra attention. AT&T is advising customers to quit retrying. According to this information every time you try again you're placed at the end of the line.
     
  2. Deamos macrumors member

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    Source?
     
  3. spblat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Me. Those quotes are copied from a chat I had with an AT&T rep.
     
  4. Deamos macrumors member

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    Pics or it didn't happen.
     
  5. monaarts macrumors 65816

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    You would have been better off saying Wikipedia! :rolleyes:
     
  6. spblat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, stop banging it Mr. Irace.
     
  9. ggmissmolly macrumors regular

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    1-2 hours..Ha! Mine has been sitting there for 5 hours
     
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  11. Jman13 macrumors 68000

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    I called the activation phone number, inputted my phone number, zip and last 4, and the phone was activated within 3 minutes. Done. This was at 3:30, so it wasn't like I got in early.
     
  12. fjrabon macrumors regular

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    have you tried activating multiple times during that 5 hours? If what the OP is saying is true (or more accurately if what the AT&T rep said was true) each time you try to reactivate, it puts you at the back of the queue and starts the 1-2 hours clock all over again.
     
  13. spblat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What number?
     
  14. Jman13 macrumors 68000

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    For AT&T: 1-866-895-1099
     
  15. jeffm5690 macrumors regular

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    It is True

    I spoke with ATT Enterprise. Every time you try to activate you are sent to the back of the line. If you try every 15 minutes you will get nowhere. ATT has a 15 minute delay to activation and they are running about 1-2 hours behind. Just leave it on and turn off the old one. Hopefully it will be up just after dinner!
     
  16. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    Well, here's what the AT&T live chat person told me. Similar story, 1-2 hour wait. Then she totally 360'ed and said I should use my iPhone 4 today and try activating overnight.

    They're so full of ****.
     

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  18. andrewa74 macrumors newbie

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    But it says to keep banging on it, mine says "We are unable to complete your activation at this time" Then gives instructions on either restarting the phone or reconnecting to iTunes.

    Did you get a different message? Some were getting a message saying they would receive an email.
     
  19. swindmill macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds like most of the people who are getting their phones activated are trying continuously.
     
  20. 2010RS macrumors 6502

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    sounds like something i'd tell people too if i were an AT&T rep so that the servers would stop getting hammered.
     
  21. mrs. earnest macrumors newbie

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    confirmed?

    has anyone actually waited and had it work?
     
  22. fjrabon macrumors regular

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    So here was my experience. When I opened it up it had one bar in the reception. This was completely constant during me trying like 15-20 times to activate. Finally I stopped for like 20-30 mins. Then I looked down and noticed that it gave me 5 bars (still no carrier identified though) and then went to 'no service'. It had been laying in the same exact spot the whole time. I thin tried it and it went through immediately.

    So, I think that the key might be waiting for a bit, until you start seeing the varying bars and then try it right then as soon as you see your bars vary.

    Or maybe it was just a dumb coincidence.
     
  23. phillyphill macrumors 6502

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    I posted this in another thread but there is a 1-2 hour delay in activations, some may get lucky.

    Source i work for att
     
  24. nfinlay1 macrumors newbie

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    This works!!!

    This worked for me!!! After trying relentlessly for 3 hours to activate I read this post, set my new phone down and walked away. About 20 minutes later I went to send a text to my friend from my old phone and kept getting the error sending message error. Walked over to my 4S and activated it again, went right through!!!

    Please give this a shot.

    FYI-
    Purchased through Apple for AT&T.
     
  25. efyou macrumors regular

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    Yeah that's what mine is saying. It says I will be emailed when it's activated.
     

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