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Can't activate iPhone 4S after restoring it while over seas

I am on a 2 month work trip overseas and recently had to "restore" my phone to clear up some software problems.  After restoring, the phone will not activate.  I am currently in Germany and I get a "No Service" message where I would normally get "bars" and the name of the service provider.

I am a Verizon customer and NOT trying to use another provider's sim or anything like that.  I am actually able to receive calls if someone calls my regular US number but I am unable to make calls at all.

When I reboot the phone i get the message "Waiting for activation - This may take some time." I can dismiss this message and use other functions of the phone (attach to wifi, etc) but if I leave it alone i never activates.

I have both Voice Roaming and Data Roaming turned on in Settings

Anyone know how to activate what is basically a "new" Verizon iPhone outside of the US?

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