Problem texting.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jbjints, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. jbjints macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2009
    I am having a problem texting. When I try texting someone with 1 (516) xxx-xxxx, I get an error message that I need a valid 10 digit number or a valid short code. When I try texting using (516) xxx-xxxx I get the same message. I also tried using xxx-xxxx too and I get the same message. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?

    For some strange reason when I text my wife who has a different area code than I do, the text goes through. I am in the 516 area code and my wife's cell phone is in the 646 area code. My wife's number is listed as 1 (646) xxx-xxxx and the text goes through.

    Any ideas? Please help.
  2. Acronym macrumors 68000

    Apr 26, 2008
  3. AlecMyrddyn macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Step 1. Try rebooting. (hold power and home until it reboots I think)

    Step 2. Try restoring.

    Step 3. Try contacting your provider and seeing if it's something with your account, or having them swap the sim.

    Step 4. Call/go to Apple if it's under warranty.

    Steps 1 and 2 should be tried first for almost any odd problem that could be in software, before you even ask about it online. Given that this sounds like a message coming from your carrier, I'm going to guess that step 3 will fix it, but you can and should try steps 1 and 2, if only because you can do them quickly and by yourself without calling / visiting any business.
  4. jbjints thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2009
    Rebooting the system worked and I am now able to text without a problem. Thank you for the help.

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