Had the same problemwith my iPhone 3G this is how I fixed it -
1) From the iPhone 3G, I called my own iPhone 3G number. 2) Went through the setup. After finishing the ssetup Hang off the iPhone 3G. 3) Then the voicemail button on the iPhone 3G worked - first time, there was a **** pause, it asked me to enter my voicemail password that I had set in step 2, and that's it.
Then follow instructions. The seven blanks are for your phone number. NO AREA CODE.
After everything else had failed, this worked! Weird!! I had even gone through the voice prompts by calling my own phone number, and it said my voicemail was now setup!
But when I used this method, the voicemail button called my phone number. I had to hit * in the middle of the message which said my voicemail was not setup, and then I just followed instructions.
After I hung up, it took about 2 minutes, and then my iPhone said, "Voicemail password is incorrect" and prompted me to re-enter it. After I did so (entering the password that I had just used on the message prompt), everything was hunky dory again!
Solution 2 needed a little modification before it worked for me.
*5005*86*-------# where ----- is your mobile number
try using your voicemail number instead for the ---.
I am with Vodafone and used 121, it worked perfectly.
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Hi, you'll need to restore your iphone as a new iphone it will wipe all the data from your phone but its necessary as if you try to restore your phone and use previous back ups it will bring the voicemail password back...Hope this helps..
Use the following steps to restore your iPhone.
***** IF YOU CANT SEE YOU IPHONE IN ITUNES OR IT IS STUCK AT THE APPLE
LOGO - POWER DOWN YOUR PHONE - HOLD DOWN THE HOME BUTTON FOR AROUND
6SECS WHILST CONNECTING TO ITUNES - RELEASE BUTTON - ITUNES WILL THEN APPEAR WITH MESSAGE
SAYING IT HAS DETECTED IPHONE IN RECOVERY MODE & CONTINUE TO RESTORE
YOUR PHONE - FOLLOW FROM STEP 6! ) *****
Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed and running before attempting to update.
Connect your device to your computer.
Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes under Devices.
Select the Summary tab.
Select the Restore option.
prompted to back up your settings before restoring, select the Back Up
option (as seen in the image below). If you have just backed up the
device, it is not necessary to create another.
the Restore option when iTunes prompts you (as long as you've backed up
your device, you should not have to worry about restoring your phone).
Once the restore process has completed, the device restarts and displays the Apple logo while starting up:
For the iPhone only, after a restore, the iPhone displays the "Connect
to iTunes" screen. Keep your device connected until the "Connect to
iTunes" screen goes away or you see "iPhone is activated." If iTunes
does not have an Internet connection, you cannot complete this step.
final step is to restore your device from a previous backup. Once your
device is restored and-in the case of the iPhone-in the process of
activating, you should be able to see the following in iTunes:
Select the backup you want for your device and select the Continue button to complete your device's restoration.
If you do not want to restore from backup, select "Set up as new...