Something keeps sending texts? App maybe?

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  1. MacUser09 macrumors regular

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    I have an iPhone with a PAYG card that I use when abroad. Had same tel no. for a while now.

    On this trip, although I topped up, I started getting messages that I had no credit left despite making only a few calls, and had been on the net only via wifi.

    Spoke to service provider. They told my that my phone was texting a certain number roughly every ten minutes. Even at night while I was asleep.

    They are looking into it, but in the meantime, I can't make any calls because as soon as I top up, the credit disappears with an hour.

    I have a lot of apps on my phone, and have tried deleting some, and switching off notifications, but thought that I would ask here if anyone has any suggestions on what else I might try while waiting for the provider to get back to me tomorrow.

    None of the texts are showing up as sent in my messages app. It was only visible to my service provider by their call records.

    They told me the number, but it is nothing that I know. Didn't even look like a regular number.

    Any suggestions folks?
     
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  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Sounds like the phone is sending messages trying to activate facetime or imessage.
    It usually does it on its own without you knowing and if you're out of country it will be an international message and will eat up your credits.
     
  4. kmichalec macrumors 6502a

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    I would put the phone in Airplane mode overnight (or even turn it off completely), so that it cannot connect to any Cellular signal, Wifi, Bluetooth, etc, and then check to see if they have record of messages going out during that time. If so, then it's most likely not your phone doing it. If the messages stopped during that time, then it's something on your phone.

    Another question, have you jailbroken your phone? If so, did you change the Root Password after you jailbroke it? If not, maybe your phone was hacked.

    Just my thoughts.

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    Applejuiced,

    I didn't think that iMessage or Facetime used text messages to activate, they would use data to connect to the servers and activate. The OP said it's physical text messages that the provider is saying are being sent.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Its a well known issue for years now.
    It sends an international text message to Apples activation servers.
    There's tons of threads online.
    Here's a few with the same issue.
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3390466?start=15&tstart=0
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5025268?start=0&tstart=0
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4939126?start=0&tstart=0
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2558450?start=0&tstart=0
     
  6. kmichalec macrumors 6502a

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    I stand corrected. That's why your the Demi-god, and I'm just a follower. I learned something new today.

    Thanks!
     
  7. MrMacMack macrumors 6502a

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    That's crazy activity right there. Wow
     
  8. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    No prob, we're all here to learn and assist each other.;)
    When I first heard it too I was like why would they do the activation that way? Hope they change it in the future cause it can get costly and some that don't have international texting enabled might not be able to activate all features of their iphone.
     
  9. MacUser09 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

    kmichalec...No, I have not jailbroken my phone.

    I have not heard back from the service provider's tech team yet, but the guy in their shop called me this morning and offered to change the SIM, but keep my number.
    I am going to try this to see if it works. Fingers crossed. Plus, I will switch off FaceTime for now.
     
  10. MacUser09 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just in case anyone else ever suffers the same problem.

    It turns out that when I landed here, and activated the 3G internet package that I normally use, the package wasn't actually activated, so the phone kept sending texts trying to access the 3G internet every ten mins which was draining my credit.

    Service provider has credited my account and activated internet package.

    Thanks for all input guys.
     
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