iMessage verification shortcode

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by philstone, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. philstone macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know, or know where I could find, the SMS Shortcode that iMessage sends a verification to? My service provider is having problems with iMessage verification and I believe its down to not being able to send SMS Shortcodes to verify the number...

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  2. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

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    iMessages does not use SMS. So no, you wont be able to get a verification.
     
  3. philstone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It does send an SMS when it is first enabled to verify your mobile number.

     
  4. AlphaVictor87, Feb 28, 2012
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    AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a

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    No it bases the iMessage off your number/apple id which is linked to the iOS installed on the phone/ipod.

    It does not have to send an SMS first.

    Example, i knew my friend bought an iPhone one day because i opened a new text window to him and the send button turned blue as soon as i opened it.
     
  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    That doesn't make sense since you can use iMessage on a iPod touch (which has no cellphone number).

    iMessage doesn't use SMS to activate anything.
     
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    Yeah, I had my iPad, before I got an iPhone and it would have been really hard to use, if it required SMS to verify, since I bought the wifi only model!
     
  7. philstone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But with an iPad wifi you do not receive iMessages at a number - you receive them to your Apple ID.

    So if the phone does not send your phone number to Apple for verification how does Apple know what your phone number is???
     
  8. d0vr macrumors 6502a

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    As has been said already, it's stored on your contact card/in your iTunes account.
     
  9. philstone thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nope, I've just spoken to Apple and they have confirmed to me the activation & verification process for phone numbers on iMessage. Its not a shortcode SMS but a normal SMS that is sent to one of 5 servers, determined by international code of the number and the IMEI.
     
  10. scaredpoet, Feb 28, 2012
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    Philstone: looks like you're going to have to have your carrier enable International SMS for you, and you'll need to be ready to accept fees for a couple of SMSes to and from this UK number: +44 7786 205094. After activation, you can probably have international SMS disabled again, since you won't need it unless you have to reset your phone. Good luck.

    This is wrong. Apple does, for matters of getting an iPhone activated quickly, without intervention from the user, send an activation request to an SMS number. It's the same mechanism used for FaceTime:

    http://theiphonewiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=FaceTime#FaceTime_Activation_.2F_Registration

    And here's iMessage:

    http://theiphonewiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=IMessage

    This permits a user to begin using iMessage right away, even if they haven't turned on iCloud or paired their iTunes account to it.

    The activation SMS is intended to be a one time thing. It registers your phone number with Apple's servers and verifies that your phone is indeed paired with that number, and that iMessages intended for that phone number should be delivered to that iPhone. For a carrier that sells and supports the iPhone, there is usually a local (in-carrier only) number that is used, OR the carrier allows your phone to access a specific UKL number to send silent SMSes to you for activation, without billing you. For carriers that DON'T support the iPhone, you'll have to make sure you can send to and receive from the UK, and probably eat the cost of those SMSes.

    That proves nothing. His iPhone got his number verified and activated, and that's when iMessage became available.
     
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