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How long does a text stay in limbo for?

If I'm on Vodafone and I text someone on O2 whose phone is off, how long does the text message float around for?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jul. 5, 2011 at 15:52

Odd... Word from my Vodafone Ireland 'trojan' is that currently SMS expire after 1 week.
If you enable delivery reports, you will be informed of expired sms. I pointed out that in the past I received sms older than a week - he promised he's enquire some more. And note: that info applies to Vodafone Ireland. It may vary from network to network.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 5, 2011 at 12:30

Last year I had my phone off for 2 weeks (I was abroad), when I returned I got all my SMS's...
I also have a sim for another network that I keep for backup/testing - I once used it after 5 months of inaction, and I received a 4 months old sms.
but I cannot find any 'official' T&C's outlining the periods. And I believe on other occasions I didn't receive SMS when my phone was off for a couple of days...

Anyone else?
(I'll chat with a Vodafone rep, see what he's gotta say)

mrew42  Jul. 5, 2011 at 12:46

I remember a setting on previous handsets which talked about message expiry (can't find it on my Desire) whereby the message could be set to expire if not delivered within a certain timeframe. I think most times it's set to not expire i.e. indefinite, but a telco rep's word would be the best bet :)

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 5, 2011 at 13:09

I just q'ed a Vodafone rep here in Ireland, and I'll report back as soon as he replies ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 5, 2011 at 15:52

Odd... Word from my Vodafone Ireland 'trojan' is that currently SMS expire after 1 week.
If you enable delivery reports, you will be informed of expired sms. I pointed out that in the past I received sms older than a week - he promised he's enquire some more. And note: that info applies to Vodafone Ireland. It may vary from network to network.

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