December 9, 2009
Can Deleted Text Messages be Retrieved? Yes
The New York Times reports on how text messages are being used in court cases to prove that a partner has strayed.
But one question most people ask is what happens to text messages once they are deleted.
Even though you delete an incriminating SMS from your own phone, it can remain on the recipients phone and in your wireless carrier's system. Carriers stores them for anywhere from days to a few weeks (at most). According to The NYTimes article, AT&T said saves text messages for 72 hours while Verizon for 5 to 10 days.
Can deleted text messages be retrieved from the phone itself? According to eZine articles, the answer is yes.
Your Sim card doesn't immediately erase a file once you delete it. Instead it just frees up the space that was occupied by that file (massage) and lists its space as available re-usable space. However until that space is overwritten by new data, in your case new messages, phone numbers etc., your old deleted file is still there and can be recovered.
With recovery programs, such as SIM Card Data Recovery Software, you can recover deleted text messages, deleted phone numbers, call logs and plenty of other deleted data from your SIM.
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