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iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

I have an iPhone 8 on PAYG and cannot send text messages. I have tried dialling *#5005*7672# and get a message Error Performing Request, Unknown Error. I have tried dialling **5005*7672*+447802000432# and get the same error. I have tried putting the SIM in another iPhone, same error. I have tried putting the SIM in an android, still will not send SMS? iMessage and FaceTime will not activate. I have tried turning them off/on, still will not activate. The PAYG tariff I am on is the £10 data big bundle with 5000 texts, 500 mins of calls, data. I took the phone onto O2 shop in Croydon, the were not able to help. Does anyone have any idea how I can get SMS working? Thanks.
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Re: iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

@DaveC 

Sounds like an account problem.

I'd call customer services to get it checked. 

http://www.o2.co.uk/contactus

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Re: iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

Yes I can make calls and can go online through data
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Re: iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

I too think it’s an account problem but the guy in the O2 shop said it might be iTunes related. I don’t think it’s that as the problem transfers when the SIM is put into a different iPhone and an android phone. Neither will send SMS
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Re: iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

Exactly why I didn't suggest anything other than account related.
I have no affiliation whatsoever with O2 or any subsidiary companies. Comments posted are entirely of my own opinion. This is not Customer Service so we are unable to help with account specific issues.

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OnePlus 6 (O2 & Sfr), Z3 Tablet (Three UK), iPhone 8+ (EE)
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Re: iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

Yes hopefully O2 customer support can resolve it without a tennis match between O2 and Apple blaming each other :-)
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Re: iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

You may have to keep at it a while but you should find someone who can help you, eventually!
I have no affiliation whatsoever with O2 or any subsidiary companies. Comments posted are entirely of my own opinion. This is not Customer Service so we are unable to help with account specific issues.

Currently using:
OnePlus 6 (O2 & Sfr), Z3 Tablet (Three UK), iPhone 8+ (EE)
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Re: iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

Stoopid question, but have you checked the message centre number is correct?

Please note, this is not customer services and we cannot access your account. Do not publish personal details (email, phone number, bank account).


Link to our guide on how to contact them can be found here

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Re: iPhone 8 PAYG Cannot Send SMS Messages?

Hi gmarkj, where is the message centre number stored in iPhone settings? Thanks