SMS Error Sending Message

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by lexxsf, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. lexxsf macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2005
    I've searched the forums but haven't seen any specific mentions to this yet. I constantly get an SMS Error Sending Message even when I have 2 bars of signal. It keeps saying "Error Sending Message". It seems like I have to have more than 2 bars to be able to send a message.

    And normally, I would be fine with this as long as it would queue up my message like my Blackjack would. But with the iPHone, I have to walk around until I can find a strong signal to get my message out whereas the Blackjack would just queue it up until it could get a signal.

    Anyone else having these issues?
  2. littleStef macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2007
    Yeah...I have noticed the SMS sending failures as well. I haven't paid attention to the level of service at the time. For me, it seemed like it was more related to a specific contact because I was sending to other people right after that just fine. Usually when I would get the failure, I could just resend and it would go through. But, this is a pretty big problem in my book.

    GSM SMS is sent over the signalling/control channels. It is a very strongly encoded part of the signal. A "two bars" signal strength should not cause SMS failures.

    I'm in the Dallas area...not sure if they were just having network issues at the time. Yesterday (6/12) was the first time I noticed the problem.
  3. poppe macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2006
    Woodland Hills
    I'm lucky if 3 bars will send it. Even at 3 bars it's a 50/50 chance. EDGE is the same way. I can't access EDGE unless I have perfect 4 bars...

    Very stupid.
  4. chcom macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2007
    SMS Failure

    I think this problem does not have to do with signal. For some reasons when you reply to certain numbers/contacts it does not allow you to do so. You have to clear the conversation/messages and then try to send the message. That has worked for me. I am still investigating why it does that. Hope it helps...

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