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Some iPhone X Buyers Are Having Problems Activating Their Phones (theverge.com) 82

Apple has started to ship the iPhone X across the United States, but some new iPhone X owners say they aren't able to start using their new phones due to carrier activation issues and congestion. From a report: A number of iPhone X owners on Twitter have reported having issues activating their new phones. The issue seems to be affecting some AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint users in the last few hours as they try to get service on Apple's $1,000 phone. When users try to activate the device, a message pops up saying, "The activation server is temporarily unavailable."
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Some iPhone X Buyers Are Having Problems Activating Their Phones

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  • Terrible (Score:4, Funny)

    by 110010001000 ( 697113 ) on Friday November 03, 2017 @07:03PM (#55486851) Homepage Journal
    Some morons aren't able to activate their $1000 phones. Oh the humanity!
    • It sounds like a problem with the carrier servers not the phone.
      But what the heck I’ll say Apple is Bad and people who buy the product are idiots, to help reinforce your confirmation bias to make you feel good.
      Because a person choice in a phone that they will have on their person for the next few years, has to be based purely on price, removal battery and a headphone jack.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        It sounds like a problem with the carrier servers not the phone.
        But what the heck Iâ(TM)ll say Apple is Bad and people who buy the product are idiots, to help reinforce your confirmation bias to make you feel good.
        Because a person choice in a phone that they will have on their person for the next few years, has to be based purely on price, removal battery and a headphone jack.

        It's both, actually. Apple's servers have been known to overload on release days.

        The reason for activation is simple - every iPh

        • Wait a sec. You 'hated' (rather strong word there) the option of being able to have a spare battery because you couldn't remember to keep it charged? And your ancient iPhone has lint in the headphone jack because you didn't use it? Removable batteries are extremely useful for many. Some of us go camping, or find ourselves in situations where charging is not an option. Also, regardless of use habits lithium ion batteries only last a few years. What kind of battery life are you getting out of that iPhone 4
          • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

            Wait a sec. You 'hated' (rather strong word there) the option of being able to have a spare battery because you couldn't remember to keep it charged? And your ancient iPhone has lint in the headphone jack because you didn't use it? Removable batteries are extremely useful for many. Some of us go camping, or find ourselves in situations where charging is not an option. Also, regardless of use habits lithium ion batteries only last a few years. What kind of battery life are you getting out of that iPhone 4 th

  • I have owned a Motorola e376i, a Motorola l6, a Motorola z6, a Nokia N900 and most recently a Vodafone Smart Mini 7 (that I bought as a cheap temporary phone for a while because my N900 was out of action but which now sits in a drawer since I fixed my N900) and none of them have required me to register or take any action before the phone was usable.

    Why these phones even need "activation" rather than just "insert your SIM card and everything starts working" like with every phone I have ever owned is beyond m

    • by jonwil ( 467024 )

      Actually to be fair, the Android thing may still have "activated" in the background without telling me it was doing anything (it did some sort of check for updates when I turned it on for the first time).

      But regardless, there is no reason a phone needs to have any kind of "activation". It should be possible insert the SIM, turn on the phone and have it able to work and do voice calls, SMS, data, WiFi and whatever else all without needing to talk to any backend stuff first.

    • Why these phones even need "activation" rather than just "insert your SIM card and everything starts working" like with every phone I have ever owned is beyond me.

      For the last several generations, iPhones (and iPads with cellular data FWIW) feature "Apple SIM", a programmable SIM that can be used with multiple carriers. The system is setup online, and allows you to pick your carrier and plan directly from the device. This is especially useful if you travel internationally -- as soon as you hit the tarmac in another country, you can register and get online with a local provider. It does, however, require an activation stage to program the SIM.

      Of course, if you want

  • This is what happens to your big Friday launch when you try to make the lowest-bidding contract web programmers also manage the servers.

  • This is not news.
    Within a very large set there exists a non-null sub-set who failed to achieve activation.
    This always happens.
    Ergo it is not news.

    • This always happens.

      Does it? Do you mean it always happens with Apple or it always happens with every phone?

      Ergo it is not news.

      It is for the people who've dropped $1000.00 for a phone they can't use to make a call.

      • I just had to go to a personal iPhone from my company-supplied BB. I was *very* glad I still had my active BB because it took about 3 days to get the damn thing to connect, and another week to get it to download the stuff I needed for work. My remote work would have been crippled.

        I had to keep the 2 phones on me for a week which was a pain in the ass (left-hip pocket specifically). I told our tech that I was glad apple "just works" and he merely gave me a wry grin.

  • this happens every year and why i never buy phones on launch day

    still wet glue

    yellow screens

    hours waits for activation

    and you pay full price. Wait a month and everyone starts discounting iphones. I just bought two 8 Pluses on a BOGO deal

  • Did they perchance buy these from some guy on the street in San Francisco?

  • For those who can't activate, find the best way to hold your phone. This may take significant acrobatic ability.
  • Who in the hell is stupid enough to pay $1000 for a fucking phone?

    The thought of it makes me laugh with childlike wonder at the iHoles who lined up like sheep to get their new shiny.

    • Yes, when you can get a Pixel 2 Plus for $950 and all you need to deal with is a slower processor. Screen burning, not being shipped with and OS plastic buttons...

      These types of phone are now in the price range now. You can debate features and will go back and forth because feature Y for you
      Is a big deal while Feature X for me is a big deal.

      You are no more a sheep then anyone else. You just follow a different Sheppard.
      Or perhaps not all people just blindly buy a product that you may not like for good rea

      • You just follow a different Sheppard.

        You mean David, the cricketing bishop?

      • You are no more a sheep then anyone else. You just follow a different Sheppard.

        Whatever. I'm not so much of a sheep that I'll drop $1000 on a phone, lol.

        While the iSheep are trying desperately to get their ego fulfillment from a new gadget, I'm even happier not following in their cringeworthy consumerism. But hey, if that's what makes your life complete, have at it. I hope the warm glow it gives you inside lasts for at least a few days.

  • To buy something new...One, usually has problems, Two, usually limited quantity, and most important Three, TOO EXPENSIVE. Wait a couple months and the price comes down, the quality goes up, the bugs are removed. But, there isn't anything you could do, to get me to pay over 500.00 for "a phone".

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