iMessage and Facetime bug on an iPhone 3Gs

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by kimononono, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. kimononono, Jan 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012

    kimononono macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    Hi everyone,

    I've been spending the last 3 days looking for a solution about this bug!

    Here's the situation :

    My boyfriend has an iPhone 3Gs

    I just got a new iPhone 4s

    We live in Switzerland and both changed carrier, so we got a new sim card that each came with a temporary number. We did use our temporary numbers for couple of weeks so iMessage and facetime were activated with these numbers and were working flawlessly. But then our new phone numbers kicked in and everything became a mess.

    With my iPhone 4s the problem was solved quickly by simply setting iMessage to OFF and Resetting Network settings. Then set iMessage back to ON and all my information were updated and iMesage was activated with my new phone number and AppleId

    But my boyfriend's iphone (3Gs) is more problemaic. After I reset network settings, iMessage decided not to activate with his new phone number. I mean, his phone number is working and appears correctly in the "phone" settings, but iMessage wont accept it! I tried all the methods I found on the net until I got to the most radical of all... I completely erased content and settings and set the iphone as a new phone. I even asked him to create a new AppleId so the phone is currently empty and just as it would be if we sold it.
    I thought : "now there's no way imessage wont work", but guess what? It does not work! Even worse.. Facetime has completly disapeared from the settings (both from the phone settings and the general settings). Activating iMessage only works if I put his AppleID but then I cant enter it his phone number. And another weird things... now all incoming calls are "masked" he cant see incoming phone numbers

    I dont get it! How can I FORCE imessage to consider his current phone number for activation?

    We're talking about a 2 year old iPhone 3Gs so I cant get any Apple support.

    Please help! My head is going to explode!

    Edit : Forget everything i said about FaceTime! It was never meant to work with a 3GS! I simply got mixed up!
  2. DankNugz macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2012
    Bay Area, CA
    You can still get support from Apple if you call them or take it to a Genius bar.
  3. kimononono thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    In switzerland there are only 3 genius bars : the closest to where i live is 2 and à half hours from here :(

    I Will try to call Apple though, but not sur they'll want to help since i never paid for an extended Apple garantee
  4. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    try to activate imessage with wifi instead of 3g.
  5. DankNugz macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2012
    Bay Area, CA
    Ouch :( That sucks about the Apple store part.

    Apple does tend to back their products even though it may be an old model, so I would definitely give them a call if I were you.

    One thing I just thought of is to do a hard reset by holding the power and home buttons until it shuts off and the Apple logo appears. This may fix the problem.
  6. kimononono thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    Does not work
    Does not work.
    You were right! I spoke with them and they were really nice. They told me about their 5 five different procedures to re-activate iMessage, but none of them worked : I had already tried all of them!Then the guy spoke to his supervisor and at this point, even the supervisor had to admit that the whole problem was probably iMessage and not my iphone or the way I did anything. They asked me to either go to Geneva (the "closest" GeniusBar) or wait for the next ios5 update which might include an update of iMessage (they've had a lot of calls about this problem).

    The GeniusBar option might not solve the case though... I'll try to call them, cuz even though they prefer to meet people directly, there's no way I'm gonna drive 2 and à half hours , just to hear that there's nothing they can do
  7. TLewis macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2007
    left coast, US
  8. kimononono thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2006
    of course i'v tried all that! These are the 2 soft methods! The phone is currently empty with everything that could be reset, reset. iMessage has its database somewhere and just won't link my phone with its new phone number. And apple can't do it manually :(

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