updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri June 19, 2009
iPhone 3GS actvn. delay
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.