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FaceTime and iMessage stop working for the fourth time in the last three months

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FaceTime and iMessage stop working for the fourth time in the last three months
On Sunday, Apple users found problems with FaceTime and iMessage for the fourth time in the last three months. Apple's iCloud system status website showed some users unable to send or receive messages or make FaceTime calls. Just two days ago, Apple had an issue with those attempting to pay for additional iCloud storage. Apple said that service will resume immediately.

The iCloud system status shows problems

The iCloud system status shows problems

Once in September and twice in October, users had trouble using iMessage on both iOS and OS X. Texts that were supposed to go out over Apple's proprietary network ended up going out as SMS messages. One outage lasted three hours while another one happened on October 30th. Besides iMessage and FaceTime, the email service that is part of Apple's iCloud has also run into problems, including one September outage that affected over 1.1% of all users.

Making its debut in iOS 5, iMessage is Apple's smartphone based answer to AOL's IM (Instant Messenger) and Google Chat and works over user's data plans or Wi-Fi instead of counting as a text message. For some users, having iMessage go down is like the end of the world. One tweet said, "world gonna end cause iMessage don't work," while another said, "I feel like my iPhone is irrelevant now because no iMessage."

If you are having problems with iMessage or FaceTime, or if everything is working as it should, drop us a message in the comment box below.

source: PCMag via AppleInsider

For some iMessage users it is the end of the world
For some iMessage users it is the end of the world

For some iMessage users it is the end of the world


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posted on 18 Nov 2012, 19:55 10

1. samystic (Posts: 189; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


that's cute!

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:57 7

24. AnTuTu (Posts: 682; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


You are using it wrong :p lolzz

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 01:38 4

27. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


or maybe just maybe Apple has made the whole thing wrong :)
its no surprise here...this is what happens when a company stops focussing on innovation and customer service and just focusses on lawsuits!

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 19:55 15

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 10545; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


C'mon apple, u guys got me in trouble with my girlfriend with this mess lol. Now she claims I never sent the pics I was supposed to.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:01 21

3. MeoCao (unregistered)


People are waking up to Apple's flaws, that's good.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:38 3

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 10545; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I wake up to an awesome phone. That's good.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:15 16

17. MeoCao (unregistered)


You mean Nexus 4 right? :))

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:19 1

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 10545; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No I mean my iPhone 5 or my Htc one x. I'm not gonna play your silly games bro. Have yourself I nice day, and enjoy your device cuz I sure enjoy mine. By the way my best friend has the N4 and its awesome too.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:20

19. lyndon420 (Posts: 1715; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


What phone do you have and why is it so awesome?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:21 1

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 10545; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I have the ip5 and Htc one x. They're awesome cuz they both deliver in all areas. Like two top notch phones and platforms should.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 04:36 8

29. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


you using an iphone? go back to sleep then...

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:58

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 10545; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope wide awake hater

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:41 6

13. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


no offense but you cant say anything after you blindly defended a flaw with an android phone so how you can comment on others flaws is beyond funny

yeah apple painted itself as perfect and its falling down around them but your just the opposite side of the same mind set...you couldnt even accept the nexus 4 purple flare was an issue instead deflected it to the iphone

glass house mate, dont throw stones

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:14 2

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 10545; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yet he's quick to jump on an apple article, and its not even the ip5... It's the message server. MeoCao is a joke. +1 chaoticrazor. U made a good point.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:20 7

20. MeoCao (unregistered)


LOL, I don't see any special signs near users' names to say they can't post here and there.

Where do you think you can't post comments dude? Or you mean you can post anywhere you like and others can't do the same?

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:39 6

22. MeoCao (unregistered)


You are making false accusation mate, nobody defends the purple flare. It makes any phone worse including Nexus 4.

I think WP is an OS that's flawed from the start, in your words it is a very thin bristle glass and can't stand a small stone. That's why you WP fanboys cry foul at every criticism directed at it.

On the other hand Android is a steel castle, my dear WP fanboy, so you are welcome to throw anything at it, no problems at all.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:18 3

30. Oxygen (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I'm not really active in the comment section but what i have noticed so far is that these two always pretend to be "neutral" until you criticise their favourite brand (darkkjedii : apple and chaoticrazor : nokia). It's kind of hypocrital as they're just fanboys in disguise.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:23

34. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


lmao yeah but you see if you pay attention ive said negative things towars nokia too....ohh noo blows your fanboy crap out the water doesnt it

im getting so bored of the android fanboys who team up and attack every other os then try to act the superior ones . there choice in android has given them this false superiority and its pathetic

sure you will thumb me down as 90% on here are android users

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 11:05 1

37. SleepingOz (unregistered)


How dare you call them hypocrital fanboys in disguise? Defending their fav brands against critics doesn't make them fanboys, does it?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 11:14

38. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


question what my fav brand then?

so far in order to label me you lot have said apple hater, secret android user, google hater, wp lover, nokia fanboy

so what is it? or you have more labels? see you lot go on about not wanting this site to be like all the other yet you do the exact same thing...and yes im directing this at the android fans as they swarm into any article on apple to hate, wp to hate and bb aswell

then when one or 2 does the same on the android articles they get real defensive

just explain why is it a differant case when the android lot do it and what makes it acceptable but any other os user does it and there branded

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 14:31

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 10545; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I defend any OS against idiocy. So you're wrong.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:27

35. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


lmao ''Android is a steel castle'' so that isnt a line from a fanboy you serious?

please your more biased then that galkitoking apple troll atleast he didnt try hide what he was. the evidence of you defending the nexus 4 is on this site and how you deflected it to the iphone...sure your fellow android fanboy's will defend you becuase you believe your part of some android revolution which is the saddest thing of all

serioulsy if your over 20 you need to look at yourself and im expecting comments and thumbs down from as i mentioned your fellow android fanboys but this is no longer a tech site. its the android fanboy bitch site where you can slate every other os as long as you praise android

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:15 3

6. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


lol!!

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 23:14 2

26. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


$hit happens. It's ok

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:12 13

4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


I.thought apple never fail....... People say it just works.....stop the lies.....

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:13 3

5. Cynipap999 (banned) (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Ha-Ha-Ha- Ha-Ha-Ha- Ha-Ha-Ha- Ha-Ha-Ha- Ha-Ha-Ha- Ha-Ha-Ha- Ha-Ha-Ha- Ha-Ha-Ha- Ha-Ha-Ha.......... How are people with iPhones supposed to communicate if their iPhones don't communicate, even with working wifi???

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:32 6

7. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


So what do you iPhone junkies have to say now? and please dont start with "Oh it never happens"

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:32 3

8. Katrina (Posts: 65; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Shouldn't have pushed something out that you can't handle.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:34

9. cfprelude (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Have had problems the other times that its gone down but today all has been fine. Been imessaging without issue all day.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:35 3

10. BBGrind (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


FaceTime, iMessage, Maps, what else? they can't hide all there flaws.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:36 2

11. networkdood (Posts: 6262; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


turn off imessage and messaging will work fine....use skype...end of issues

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:15

18. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


use whatsapp... end of issues

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 20:54

14. michaelmoreno1983 (Posts: 8; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


This too shall pass!!

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:15 2

16. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Because apple already got what they want: your money

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:26 2

21. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


See , I told you most iPhone users are females cause females are stupid
The male brain is about 3% larger on average .

Who the f**k uses FaceTime and iMessage anyways ? Not even people that I know having iDevices uses them . Because there is already Skype , tango , viber whatsapp and Facebook that have more users than FaceTime iMessage s**t .

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 21:49

23. lyndon420 (Posts: 1715; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


They shouldn't be out of luck completely as there must be alternatives available to them besides iMessage and Facetime right? Like seriously...iMessage and Facetime can't be the only way iUsers communicate. Or is it?

If it's a problem with apples servers, then there must be a way to get around them until apple can fix what ever the problem is.

posted on 18 Nov 2012, 22:35

25. nateatlarge (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


I have been having issues since Friday with iMessage today is now Sunday. I called apple to report it. They told me they will try to correct the issues as soon as possibly but wouldn't comment how long it will take

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 02:01

28. gothicheart (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i'm wondering which of the famous Apple lines they'll use this time, it could be either of the two:

- "This is not an issue, it's a new feature"
- "It just works"

I'm just wondering, with all these flaws, does anything really work on an iphone?

You're in big trouble with the grannies now Apple
haha :D

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:53

31. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


It just dosn't work!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 11:40 1

39. chebner (Posts: 131; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


But if you ask the iSheep, it just works. When will they learn Apple is no better than anyone else?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 11:46

40. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


when will everyone on here stop the hate and fanboy crap?

nothing is perfect

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 12:30

41. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


right but problem is, apple has always portrayed idevices as perfect. and I dont hate iphone or its users but I absolutely hate apple. look at all the lawsuit bs and their rounded corner patents.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 12:41

42. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


when apple can stop their law suit bs. and you saying that eveyone here/ every android fanboy hates all the other os`s is a plain lie. exceptions are always there but you cant catogarize everybody. I am an Android fan but I like Nokia and Windows as well. I dont like apple for the crap they have been doing to eliminate all the competition by unfair means.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 17:11

43. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


no see i get that and im also against apple as a business ive said many times on here apple wants to constrain the competition as they cant compete

but the fact is many android fans on here have been shamlessly attacking anything non android and been complete fanboys. the past few weeks they have really become complete ass's to anyone that dont worship android

besides why do i get labeled many things, your not allowed to be nuetral on here they have to label you ....google hater was a funny one just because i didnt say google was amazing

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 18:34

44. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


all i kno is that i was texting [iMessag] my girl and nothing was going threw.. i seen her ass twieeting and on instagram... i was getting upset i was about to spazz on this chick until i seen that Imessge was actin up.. LOL ...

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 18:41

45. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


cool story bro

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 10:04

46. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


ZZZZZ

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