1. Coffeegrower's Avatar
    Is there any reason iMessage shouldn't work on a de-activated iPhone? I upgraded to the 4S, and gave my 3GS (running iOS 5) to a friend, who will use it as an iPod touch. Where I have on/off toggles on the settings screen for Message, his shows "waiting for activation". Any ideas?
    10-20-2011 03:56 PM
  2. alpinestars1z's Avatar
    Is there any reason iMessage shouldn't work on a de-activated iPhone? I upgraded to the 4S, and gave my 3GS (running iOS 5) to a friend, who will use it as an iPod touch. Where I have on/off toggles on the settings screen for Message, his shows "waiting for activation". Any ideas?
    I think it needs to be activated so push notifications will work. If you have an inactive AT&T SIM I think that will work.
    10-20-2011 08:27 PM
  3. E_Brown's Avatar
    I would assume it would work since it works on an iPod touch. Not sure how to do it since I haven't owned an iPod touch in years.


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    10-20-2011 08:31 PM
  4. Srenit's Avatar
    any correct and helpful answers to this issue? I'm in the same boat with deactivated 3GS, just using as iPod and iMessage just keeps saying "waiting..."
    09-16-2012 07:11 PM
  5. jclisenby's Avatar
    You need to make sure you change the "receive at" fields in settings to just your email address. If you leave the phone number checked, it'll keep requesting activation.
    09-16-2012 08:30 PM
  6. The_Chosen_One's Avatar
    my son has a deactivated iPhone 4 and uses it as an iTouch. Imessage is intermittent today as well.
    09-17-2012 02:46 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    my son has a deactivated iPhone 4 and uses it as an iTouch. Imessage is intermittent today as well.
    Widespread iMessage Outage Is Currently Affecting iOS users
    09-17-2012 02:56 PM
  8. Srenit's Avatar
    You need to make sure you change the "receive at" fields in settings to just your email address. If you leave the phone number checked, it'll keep requesting activation.
    I see that it is still trying to verify my phone number but it's grayed out so I do I remove?
    09-17-2012 07:58 PM
  9. Srenit's Avatar
    I see that it is still trying to verify my phone number but it's grayed out so I do I remove?
    09-17-2012 08:00 PM
  10. jclisenby's Avatar
    I see that it is still trying to verify my phone number but it's grayed out so I do I remove?
    Make sure you also go into "general" under settings and turn off the cellular connections from there.
    09-17-2012 08:20 PM
  11. TFausett's Avatar
    I am having similar problems I have a 3GS unlocked on TMobile and everything has been verified phone number and email address. But it won't send the message any ideas?
    10-01-2012 04:38 PM
  12. jonj125's Avatar
    I no longer have att but i have a deactivated sim card. So i tried to put that in my deactivated 3gs but imessage still wont work. I tried with out the im and it still says waiting for activation. It used to work before but i put it on airplane mode and it has not worked since then. What can i do?
    05-29-2013 02:01 PM
  13. Noah Jefferies's Avatar
    Make sure you also go into "general" under settings and turn off the cellular connections from there.
    I have the same problem. I have changed everything to just an email address and even turned off cellular connections and it is still saying "waiting for activation"
    06-27-2013 12:29 PM
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