"waiting for activation" = no signal

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by smattmul, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. smattmul macrumors member


    Mar 19, 2008
    here is my story

    My iphone stolen, i picked up an iphone that has been discarded after deemed "wet and worthless"

    But it works technically

    i mean it turns on and let me restore and back up to my old iphone files

    i believe i activated with my old number but i get the message, "waiting for activation" "it is going to take a while"

    after 5 hours still same thing, this iphone = trash, the screen sensor doesn't work all the time. i am just trying to get through the month

    thanks people

    the wrong phone number appears in itunes even though i activated with the correct one, what else can i do?

    OK, something new- it now says it needs a signal to activate, i have heard this before but no solution was mentioned
  2. Fireman52SFD macrumors member

    May 31, 2008
    If someone else owned it you have to get a new sim card. simply putting your old one in will do nothing. But since yours was stolen you may have already got a new one. until u get a new sim the old number will show up in the summary section of itunes. Good Luck
  3. smattmul thread starter macrumors member


    Mar 19, 2008

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