1. christian2001's Avatar
    My wife and I are on different sides of the mobile phone fence. She is iOS (a 6S) and I am Android. This works out fine for both of us; I like Android, she has the ability to Facetime with her kids and grandkids. All good.

    Now here is my problem. She will be going on a trip with her daughters in November, and we would like to Facetime each other while she is gone. I have a 4th gen iPod Touch which I have used in the past. But, its so small. Now I have access to an iPhone 6+ without a SIM. I have set it up for myself; Im logged in to my iCloud account and I use it around the house on Wi-Fi (especially as a reference when she has an iOS question). But, in Settings, iMessage and Facetime are both stuck at Waiting for activation. If I turn either off and then back on, then I get a message that An error occurred during activation. Try again.

    Im thinking that I need to put the SIM card from my Android phone in the iPhone to get things working, but Im worried that something would/could mess up my SMS messages on my Android phone. So, does anyone have any suggestions for me?
    10-18-2016 06:42 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    According to Apple, "If you're using an iPhone, you'll need SMS messaging to activate your phone number with iMessage and FaceTime."

    Source: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201422
    10-18-2016 06:53 PM
  3. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    How about just using Skype instead of Facetime? And just use your regular SMS on your phone instead of iMessage.
    10-18-2016 07:23 PM
  4. comiken205's Avatar
    According to Apple, "If you're using an iPhone, you'll need SMS messaging to activate your phone number with iMessage and FaceTime."

    Source: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201422
    Do what I did for my son. Activated the iOS device, activated Facetime and iMessage. The following day I reactivated his android. No issues so far.
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    10-18-2016 10:10 PM
  5. christian2001's Avatar
    How about just using Skype instead of Facetime? And just use your regular SMS on your phone instead of iMessage.
    I have two reasons for not wanting to go the Skype route. The first is that she know Facetime and I don't want the task of teaching her a new app. Second, she might only have access to Wi-Fi at times, and while that would be fine for Skype, it wouldn't work for SMS. There are also the new offerings from Google (Allo & Duo), but once again she wouldn't want to learn a new way of doing things when Facetime/iMessages work just fine for her.
    10-19-2016 05:05 PM
  6. christian2001's Avatar
    Do what I did for my son. Activated the iOS device, activated Facetime and iMessage. The following day I reactivated his android. No issues so far.
    Is this as easy as swapping the SIM card, or is there more to worry about?
    10-19-2016 07:09 PM
  7. comiken205's Avatar
    Is this as easy as swapping the SIM card, or is there more to worry about?
    Each of my phones had their own sim card. But I imagine swapping and then activating would do the trick.
    10-22-2016 10:38 PM

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