Getting text messages after having iPhone off for 4 months

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Schnebar, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Schnebar macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2006
    I have been in Europe for 4 months and left my 3G iPhone at home in California. I just got home and am using it now. It gets text messages and calls but since I have turned it on, I still have not gotten any of the voice mails or text messages that I was sent to it over the past 4 months.

    I am sure people have tried to text me because I have been asked over email why I didn't respond and I had to tell them I didn't have my phone in Europe.

    I am assuming that randomly one time in the next few days my phone will get a bunch of text messages but is there a way to trick the phone into checking now and downloading the old text messages?

  2. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I would imagine that these messages have a timeout period...after 24 hours or so, they just get deleted if they cannot be delivered.

    I could be wrong, but I doubt there is an easy way (without AT&T going into their archives) to get these texts.
  3. Max. macrumors member


    Dec 21, 2010
    Miami, FL
    I'd also assume this is correct. Most networks have an Expiry Date which some phones let you set yourself, I think the average is 3 days, I'm not sure though but I'd expect AT&T has this.
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    It dont think the text message to arrive after 4 months will do any good anyway:)
  5. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    My friend had this very same issue and an AT&T rep told him the message is lost after 3 days sorry. He was also told there was no way for them to unarchive them for him or force them to his phone. This was about a year ago though so things may have changed, I would try calling its worth a shot.
  6. yourdailyapple macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2010
    To be honest, i think its kinda strange. A text message almost uses no storage at all, and they don't have to try to push the message all the time. Cause they know when your phone is connected to the network or not, sometimes it can take a few hours for text messages to show up. Maybe it helps, if you do some text messages yourself (not sure if it helps, but you can always try).
  7. josielinnea macrumors regular


    Dec 15, 2007
    This is normal and all networks and/or cell phones have a timeout period for text messages. I think the longest time I've ever seen the option of choosing is 3 weeks though.
    But the messages sent to you during these weeks are not sent every hour or so, and you have no way of knowing when they will show up. I think the longer your phone has been off, the longer the pauses between the network trying to deliver them again.

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