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iPhone 3G S activations may take two days

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri June 19, 2009

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iPhone 3G S activations are being delayed by the sheer volume of traffic, an iTunes error message indicates. "Your activation requires additional time to complete," the software is now telling some people syncing their devices for the first time. "Due to the current activation volumes, it may take up to 48 hours to resolve your issue."

Delays are known to be occurring not only in the United States, but also in Europe. iTunes is however allowing people to continue configuring devices, as well as test some of the non-cellular functions. Ejecting an unactivated phone displays a warning message: "Waiting for activation. This may take some time."

Though not as harsh, the problems mirror troubles experienced in July of 2008, during the launch of the iPhone 3G. Apple's activation infrastructure effectively collapsed, rendering new devices useless for hours or days, along with those upgrading to iPhone 2.0. Current damage may be limited by the lowered demand for the 3G S, as well as the iPhone 3.0 firmware having been released two days earlier.

by MacNN Staff



  1. rcw3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fast for me

    Just got my iphone 30 minutes ago.... activated in about 15 seconds...

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just applied a Zagg body protector to my new iPhone 3G [S] so I am just going to leave it overnight to dry anyway.

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No problem for me in UK

    I finally succumbed and bought one on PAYG with my current Simplicity tariff.

    I didn't really know what to expect so wasn't timing anything but I inserted my current sim card plugged in the iPhone and in under 30 seconds it was up and running.

    I'm in love with this device already - it's been ages since I've felt this way about a piece of tech kit. Well done Apple. Now, if only you had enabled MMS earlier, you could've had me on board 2 years ago!

  1. afaby

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How to activate fast!

    I called AT&T and they said that rebooting your phone will cause it to activate in many situations. After an hour or so of waiting for activation, I rebooted it and it worked!

  1. statbit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not going so well

    After 7 hours, my 3gs has still not activated. Calling AT&T resulted in a response of "wait for it".

    In all fairness, however, the guy on at AT&T sounded like he hadn't the faintest clue about how the process works.

  1. pt123

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you have time to stand in line to get the iPhone, you should have time to wait for activation.

  1. OS2Guy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still Waiting 12 hours

    Unforgiveable of Apple and AT&T to this failure to activate. I am a doctor and rely on the iPhone for so much throughout my day. It has been 12 hours since the upgrade and I've had no telephone at all. Had to run to pay phones, borrow cell phones, etc. Will NOT promote Apple much less AT&T in the future. This is ridiculous and harmful if you use your iPhone for business. It is no surprise why Enterprise won't allow them.

  1. gramos

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quick Activation :o)

    Ordered my iPhone 3G S on Wednesday, got it on Friday, activated it in less than 5 minutes in the early afternoon.

    Oh, yeah! :)

    (By the way, this is the 3rd iPhone I activate without any glitches: a 2G, a 3G, and the new 3G S. happy... :o)

  1. ctt61

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I do not think that u can blame Apple for this, This is ATT problem, their customer service is mediocre at best. with iphone ATT has gained a large new customers , they should accommodate this better

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    go here

    I suggest going to this site if you're iphone is not yet activated. Worked for me last night after waiting all day:

    And yes, rebooting afterwards definitely helps.
    I didn't even know this web page existed until I stumbled across it.

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