I appreciate anyone's thoughts on this. In contrast to new emails, which stay in the email section until I want to view them, when I receive an SMS message, the message appears on top of whatever I am doing. (I assume that is true for all iPhone users.) I find that annoying in two respects. First, if someone else is using my iPhone for something, I do not want them to have an SMS intended for me suddenly in front of them. Second, I do not like being on the phone and getting an SMS message which I have to "ignore" before being able to resume using the phone touch functions. Put simply, I want new SMS messages, like new emails, to stay in their area until I choose to review them, as opposed to popping up whenever they come in. Is that something which can be altered? Thank you.