How reliable is SMS in the US?

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  1. jp700p macrumors regular

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    I currently have AT&T but most of my friends have Verizon. Just wondering how reliable is SMS between those carriers? Is it common for text messages to not reach the recipient (Without notification that it was not received)?
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68020

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    Very reliable. FBI, DHS, SS's ECTF and others ensure your SMS get pushed forward appropriately.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I can't say that texts are ALWAYS delivered, but it certainly isn't common. I've been with AT&T over 10 years now and can count on 1 hand the number or texts that either I sent and the other person didn't receive, or they sent and I didn't receive.
     
  4. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    From my personal experience AT&T and tmobile are very reliable at sending and receiving text (text only) mms is another thing. Also so are iMessages (in many occasions fail).

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    Hey what's that supposed to mean? I don't know if any of these agencies have anything to do with making sure they get delivered properly, probably they do the sniffing stuff and peruse other peoples msgs, but I don't think they may have a technology to pet say 'help' make sure msgs get delivered, that's the carrier's job and carriers are the ones with the back bone needed to do this.
     
  5. allisonfranz macrumors member

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    As far as SMS goes, most of the time it is in fact reliable in the sense ... a minute to arrive for almost all the Tier 1 carriers in the United States.
     
  6. 960design macrumors 68020

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    I was poking fun at the current state of technology: casual sniffing of big data, tagging/tracking specific words in messages, verification of delivery of such items, remotely turning on speakers to listen to environmental sounds of mobile devices, ect.
     
  7. Crichton333 macrumors 6502

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    Oh snap :)
     
  8. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    LOL yup. I often wonder how many of these employees working for these agencies have fun perusing at peoples setting messages and or even download and store naked pictures, or nasty conversation of people's daily lives and wives LOL
     
  9. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Only time I have it problems is when sending to my one friend on android on verizon from my iPhone on AT&T.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    I can't recall it not working for me, the same goes for the people I know, its rock solid.
     
  11. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    i've had verizon since 2010, and i have maybe missed 1 text, or my text was not delivered i'd say once or twice. and those few times were before i got an iphone. back when i was using an LG EnV touch. terrible phone...
     

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