Friday, October 12, 2012

FaceTime and iMessage don't work on MNP numbers in India

That's quite unfortunate so far that FaceTime and iMessage services are not working on my iPhone 4S, and the conclusion I got from back and forth communications between Airtel CustomerCare and Apple Support teams is that if the mobile number is ported from any other carrier within India (in my case it was from Reliance to Airtel) there are some server level profiles which don't get migrated completely through MNP process which may make problems in activation of FaceTime and iMessage services at Apple Server. I'm not sure if that's the end of story, but this is my case and I'm not able to use these services on my mobile number as yet.

OK, here is the whole story so far;

  • I bought the brand new iPhone from US early this year, and got it factory unlocked in India.
  • I attempted about 25+ times for these services activation, and every time it took about 5+ hours with 'waiting for activation...' message and then end up with 'Activation Unsuccessful.' message (you know there's an international SMS charges involved upon each attempt?) so bad!!!
  • I checked with Apple Support in India first, they suggested to make sure; (1) i have my own name in my contacts, with my number with country code set as 'iPhone' type. (2) i have selected my name under: Settings->Mail, Contacts, Calendar->My Info. (3) i have selected correct time zone of my country at: Settings->General->Date & Time. And, re-try activation. I called them up about 5-6 times, every time different person who comes with different idea. Some ideas like; hard reboot phone, re-insert sim card, bla-bla... but every time rubbish messages it comes back with. (My case #346734158. You can refer to them if you have same problem, they should be able to know your problem much faster, otherwise they'll take few days to understand what you are saying?)
  • LoL.. One guy told me to wait for about 8 days as iOS6 was rolling out. He said there are many fixes around FaceTime in that new version, and it may help. Actually, I didn't help! :(
  • In between I also talked to Airtel Technical Support staff, who also played with me a lot. They kept saying everything is fine at their end, but still I should try replacing with a new SIM card. Nice sales trick. But OK, another try.. and they sold me an expensive plan too under 'Airtel Money' package because they didn't have normal SIM card for replacements. I didn't have another option so went ahead, but....................... I'm still there from where I began.
  • Apple finally told me it's a MNP issue, that my number is not ported-in completely into new provider. In India, this is a common problem with FaceTime and iMessages activation. Neither I or they were convinced that this is the valid case, but that makes a little sense too as when I tried original Airtel SIM card in my same iPhone, and both FaceTime and iMessages services work seamlessly. The only difference I can think of is that one number is MNP'd into Airtel.
As of now, I'm using these services with my Apple ID which is not a bad compromise!

I thought sharing this here may help someone to save time. I wasted a lot of time behind this problem. Please let me know if you get or know any solution of this weird situation? I can't change my number again. :(


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Got my iPhone factory unlocked for free from Maypalo!

Maypalo, a blog, is becoming popular faster than Ferrari. They came up with a free factory unlocking give-away contests on Facebook and exceeded public's expectations on given promises by delivering fair results.

Fortunately I was among 3 winners from first contest concluded on 7/23, and they helped me getting my iPhone 4 factory unlocked next day through their partner (, which was a great experience dealing with them. 

The second contest was even lot more interesting and kept people busy all 5 days to win it. It was a race to get maximum likes on contestant's comments given on Maypalo's fb fan page. The comment should say the reason to get their iPhone unlocked. My friend participated and missed it by one position, as like the first contest, second one also to give-away this free service to 3 winners and my friend was at 4th ranking in terms of likes ranking. I wish her better luck next time.

Moreover, I also look forward to participate in their more give-away contests and get my iPhone 4S also done factory unlocked since OS6 is coming this fall, and we should be ready for that beforetime, provided they allow already winners to participate in their future contests.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Factory Unlock Your iPhone 4 Baseband 4.11.08/4.12.01 For Free! (GiveAway from Maypalo)

Want to factory unlock your iPhone 4 baseband 4.11.08/4.12.01 or any other iPhone on any firmware for free? If yes is the answer then you have landed at the right spot at the right time. Maypalo is going to get your iPhone factory unlocked for free! Yes folks Factory unlock your iPhone! Want to be that lucky person who gets their iPhone unlocked for free?

Go to Maypalo page, and follow the instructions!

Monday, January 9, 2012

PMI-ACP credit obtained - Getting more Agile!

Hi Folks, I'm feeling wonderful to announce that I received an email from PMI this morning with declaration that I've obtained PMI-ACP certification through their Pilot program. I'll share my lessons learnt very soon.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

I wish this new year to bring all the happiness and joy in your life, and mine too.

2011 was a great year for me. I found many new friends and colleagues in last 12 months. As always technology is making it crazy yet again this year.

Some good and bad times were there, but it went thru nicely. Being away from family for almost half of year was not easy for me and my family. I am missing my wife 'Aman' and son 'Nishi' very much these days. I love you both, and will be back home in next few weeks. I love you...

I want to thanks all my friends for being part of my life, and standby me when needed. I'm sorry if you felt bad about me at any point of time in the past, this year. Let us forget everything thing and keep moving forward. I'll try to be a better person in 2012.

Time keeps moving, and we are getting busier and busier in our personal and professional lives. We are not getting enough time to make even birthday calls to our friends. Phone text/email or Facebook posts or Tweets has dominated most of our social communications. My next year resolution is; I'll wish all my friends by phone call only on their important occasions like birthday/anniversaries etc., if not possible to see them that day. I won't use fb or text to do it, that is making me feel away from my buddies. However these social sites will work as my reminder for that day to call. Wow!! The world has shrink so much, making distance calls are also no longer expensive. Let us talk more with friends to engage more. Messages posted from smart phones will become a history one day, but by that time our friendship will also be like that. I value my friends, I'll increase talking to them more often next year.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Latest Yahoo! Mail Beta has a problem with BlackBerry mail setup

Yesterday I was cleaning up unwanted data from my BlackBerry handheld, and I also removed some of my mail boxes as I am not using some of them very actively. There were 9 mail accounts configured which were even confusing me also sometimes. I decided to go with 3 as of maximum mail accounts to use in phone.

While doing this, I removed my Yahoo mail id also from BlackBerry, which is actually my first even mail account I opened over 10 years back. I thought to keep it in my phone just for the sake of having it for such a long time. I tried adding it, and it was giving me 'invalid email address or password' error. What the heck? I have been using it with same password without problems and now its no longer working? I immediately checked on my computer and same password was working correctly.

I tried same after rebooting my phone, but no luck. Checked on some blogs/forums, somewhere it was discussed to resend service books, but I am using personal mail plan with BIS, so its not applicable to me. I tried 'Register Now' from Options/Host Routing Table, but that too didn't solve my problem. Finally, I changed my Yahoo mail password, this time it took little longer to give same silly authentication error. No other option is left at this time which any user can think of to make it work.

I was about to call BlackBerry support for this, then I recalled the change I made in my yahoo mail since I configured it in my BlackBerry, and that was choosing this new Yahoo! mail beta version. Ooo la la, I thought to gave it shot before reaching out to BB support, I sat back on my laptop and started finding out a way to rollback my Yahoo beta choice, it took me a little while and then I went back by 2 versions and reset to the Classic version. I was back in year 2005 or so at that time by looking at classic version of yahoo mail box. This time I tried configuring it in the phone, AND IT WORKED. Isn't it funny? After configuring it successfully on the phone, I switched my yahoo mail again to latest beta, and things working seamlessly on phone also now.

New Yahoo! beta version certainly have some problem with BlackBerry adapters, they should look into it as soon as possible. I'll also try to post this problem to them, let's see if they'll fix this before more users get frustrated in same situation.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

An introduction to Cloud computing

You might have heard of this new name floating around, but there a lot of different thoughts in various people about what the hell this 'cloud computing' is? I tried to collect some content to make it easy for you to understand it a little better. When I heard this for first time, even I was not able to map this name to its real meaning. Let us discuss it further, if you have any questions... please feel free to contact me.

Buying computer systems for everyone isn't an ultimate task, one also has to purchase software or software licenses to give self/users the tools they require. It's so stressful that you to spend your hard earned money at every step of computer usage. In a cloud computing system, there's a significant burden share. Local computers no longer have to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to running applications. The network of computers that make up the cloud handles them instead. Hardware and software demands on the user's side decrease. The only thing the user's computer needs to be able to run is the cloud computing system's interface software, which can be as simple as a Web browser, and the cloud's network takes care of the rest.

Industry giants like; AmazonWebServices,, Microsoft, Google, and 1&1 are already started providing this platform to end-users like us for hosting our web applications to serve as service. There's a good chance you've already used some form of cloud computing. If you have an e-mail account with a Web-based e-mail service like Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or Gmail, then you've had some experience with cloud computing. Instead of running an e-mail program on your computer, you log in to a Web e-mail account remotely. The software and storage for your account doesn't exist on your computer -- it's on the service's computer cloud.

When talking about a cloud computing system, it's helpful to divide it into two sections: the front end and the back end. They connect to each other through a network, usually the Internet. The front end is the side the computer user, or client, sees. The back end is the "cloud" section of the system.

The front end includes the client's computer (or computer network) and the application required to access the cloud computing system. Not all cloud computing systems have the same user interface. Services like Web-based e-mail programs leverage existing Web browsers like Internet Explorer or Firefox. Other systems have unique applications that provide network access to clients.

On the back end of the system are the various computers, servers and data storage systems that create the "cloud" of computing services. In theory, a cloud computing system could include practically any computer program you can imagine, from data processing to video games. Usually, each application will have its own dedicated server.

The applications of cloud computing are practically limitless. With the right middleware, a cloud computing system could execute all the programs a normal computer could run. Potentially, everything from generic word processing software to customized computer programs designed for a specific company could work on a cloud computing system.

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