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I am a vodafone prepay customer with a ported number.
I cannot activate iMessage.
So far I've tried: turning it off and on again, rebooting, resetting network settings, reintalling iOS to no avail. Keep getting the error 'Activation unsuccessful. Try again.'
Is this your first time using iMessage ? if the answer is no...
Did you deregister / unassign iMessage when it was on the previous network prior to porting your number?
If not - you should first try deregistering your number from iMessage. Go to here
Select Ireland and Enter your number. Then when you get a text message verification purpose from apple, enter it and your number will be deregistered.
You can then try turning on iMessage / activating it once more.
All the best
I assume you can recieve telephone calls ? That the number has been fully ported ?
A moderator will have a look at this for you on Monday - it is strange indeed.
I'll flag it for you.
It appears everything you need to use the network is set up correctly - your next port of call would likely be Apple customer care, so they can assist.
I'm on Chat Extra. I had to restart my phone yesterday, I had iMessage turned on before I turned it off. When I turned the phone back on, I had to turn on iMessage again. I've noticed I've been charged for turning on iMessage. This never happened before. When I queried the charge I was told it was correct. So I presume this means every time I reset all settings I will be charged for turning on iMessage. Can anyone confirm this ?
As the activation request for iMessage is sent by SMS in the background by your iPhone to Apple's servers in the UK, a charge of €.0.15 will apply (activation costs the same as an international text to the UK).
This is a new charge so, as I never paid 15c before to activate iMessage. There should be a message to tell you there is a-charge to activate this service.