activation server temporarily unavailable?

RxMan

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I have 3.0 downloaded, my phone backed up, etc...
iTunes says extracting software then I get the error:
activation server temporarily unavailable.

What is the activation server?
I am on a work computer. Could this be the problem?
 
Mar 24, 2009
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No. It means that the servers (Apples servers) are log-jammed. Give it a few minutes, and give it another shot.
 

RxMan

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I have been trying for about 30-40 minutes.
 

Woody1776

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The same thing happened last year when people were activating their 3g's and updating their V1's. At least its not all on the same day this year.
 

chris

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I'm also in the Activation Server Unavailable group.:mad:
 

RxMan

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Nice to know I am not alone. :)
 
Mar 24, 2009
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If you think this is bad, wait til Friday. :laugh2:

There's going to be a plenty of pissed people, on line at the Apple stores, and AT&T stores..

frustration will run abound..
 

iphonewarrior

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I had to wait around 10-15mins to activate. But i kept on trying and i eventually got through
 

RxMan

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Let me know if you get through and I will do the same.
 

RxMan

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OK. I got through! Prepping iPhone now.
 

pattirj67

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Took me a few tries, but I got it.
Thought I lost my whole phone!
 
Mar 24, 2009
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Glad you guys got through.. Traffic was a b*tch on the expressway.. I think they've got things moving again.. Temporarily..

It'll get blocked back up around 5PM EST, when all those people who couldn't download the update at work, get home, and start looking for it...

I expect it to be a total mess between 5PM-9PM EST
 

TxFireman1972

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BAD right now. Been trying for 30 min to get through to update the wifes phone.
 

Ohmster

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I started the download at 10:15AM PST started coming through fine. Did download/install later option. Took the phone and went out for some errands before it finished. Now 1:31PM, phone is backing up....
 

Ohmster

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I started the download at 10:15AM PST started coming through fine. Did download/install later option. Took the phone and went out for some errands before it finished. Now 1:31PM, phone is backing up....

Update. Tried for two full minutes (3 clicks every attempt). No go. Now, twenty minutes later tried again. Worked after 5 attempts....