Can't send or receive texts... top of screen says "Text messages (-1)"


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 8, 2009
This problem has never happened to me before and I've also never heard of it and can't find any information about it anywhere.

I have an unlocked jailbroken iphone that's never given me any serious problems for about a year.

When I click the text icon, the top of the screen reads:

Text messages (-1)

Where all my listed text messages used to be it is now blank.

When I try to send a text after typing in the contact name or number it immediately says:

Error sending message

I tried restarting the iphone. I can send and receive phone calls perfectly.

Anyone ever had this problem or have any advice?

Moi un Mouton

macrumors 68000
Mar 18, 2008
Bracknell UK
It sounds as if the SMS database has got corrupted.

Do you have a back-up that you could restore to, from a date before the problem first occurred?


macrumors member
Nov 29, 2009
You need to connect to itunes and do a backup restore from a known good backup that you last did.. You may have to re-jailbreak your phone though?
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