According to an informal engadet poll, 40% of iPhones aren’t working properly, and another 12% had problems with activation. Those numbers are right, almost 50% of iPhones have activation problems! For those of you still waiting, the activation screen of glory looks just like this:
Here’s a few activation tips for you guys:
Activate with two iPhones
You’ll need two iPhones. Plug one into iTunes and select “I am a new AT&T Customer” and choose to activate “2 or more phones on an individual or FamilyTalk plan.” After you get the activation complete email, plug in the second iPhone and select “I am an existing customer” then “replace a phone on my account with this iPhone.” Reuse the earlier number and activate your second iPhone. When you plug in your second iPhone it will unlock for use but without an assigned number or account.
DVD-Jon’s Hacked Activation Server
Offset 2048912, value 33C0C3
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Open c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and add the line “127.0.0.1 albert.apple.com.” Then run DVD Jon’s activation server, open itunes, and plug in your iPhone, which will activate automatically in about 60 seconds.
The Prepay Method
Buy an iPhone but don’t sign up with AT&T for any of their plans as of yet. Plug it into iTunes with 999-99-9999 as your SSN, and you’ll fail the credit check. At this point you can pick a GoPhone prepayed plan, and zip over to the AT&T GoPhone funding page to add some money to your card. Don’t fund it over the phone or set it up with actual AT&T employees, or it won’t work and you will be sad.
Call the customer support at 1-800-331-0500. If you’re coming from an old number or account try getting in contact with an AT&T state Number Porting office (1-888-898-7685). The number 1-877-800-3701 is supposed to be good, if not overwhelmed. The after hours number is 1-866-801-3600.
Turn off your iPhone and remove the SIM card. Cycle it, put the SIM back in, and turn it on again.
Ping like mad
You might think plugging in your iPhone to sync it with iTunes is good enough, but actually according to rc3, you should leave it plugged in until it activates. A support tech with AT&T told him that the activation system works by pinging the queue of unactivated iPhones. If your phone is not connected, you’ll lose your place and have to start over!
According to a Reuters story, the activation issues are solved, but I don’t believe them:
About 2 percent of those who bought iPhones since they went on sale Friday faced delays in activation with AT&T, the exclusive U.S. service provider for the widely anticipated cell phone, according to a source familiar with the matter. By Monday, those issues were mostly resolved, AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said. “We have resolved nearly all of the issues and we feel confident this is behind us now,” Siegel said. “One by one, we worked to resolve (the problems) and now nearly all of them have been resolved.”
Yeah right… well, hope these tips help! Feel free to leave your complaints / sucess stories in the comments.
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