iMessage and Facetime "Waiting for activation" [SOLVED]
I just got an iPhone 6s 128GB. I didn't buy the local version which doesn't have Face Time since the carriers here in Dubai have banned it. I bought the international unlocked version with Face Time.
I first signed into my Apple ID and setup the device as a new device not restoring from my old last year's backup, I then updated to the latest iOS 9.1
I noticed that Face Time and iMessage always say awaiting activation. I tried some possible solutions on the web like turning on / off Radio Cell and keeping WiFi on, then I tried the opposite keeping only the Cell Data on, then I tried using my VPN and connected to the UK/USA servers but that doesn't help. The moment I turn off/on iMessage / Face Time it immediately says error as occurred during activation and it would sit on waiting for activation forever. The error shows up almost instantly when I turn them on it doesn't even sound like it was actually trying to activate.
Now I understand that facetime is banned here but I remember with last year's iPhone 6 that I had I was able to use iMessage / Face Time.
I also made sure that I am logged in with my Apple ID for the usage of iMessage...
what else can I try?