Originally Posted by Chris Dritsas / June 9th, 2014 / txtblog
Have you ever wondered where your text messages go after you’ve sent them? It’s no longer a secret that millions of our phone calls are monitored in some way, but what about that other rapidly-growing form of communication? With over 6 billion text messages being sent every day, you’d think it would be awfully hard to keep track of them. If that’s what you were thinking – you are right.
The overwhelming majority of mobile phone service providers DO NOT keep records of your text messages content. Although some providers hold onto “text message details” for a year or longer, four of the top six wireless carriers do not hold onto your “text message content” at any point in time. The only two companies on this list that do hold onto your actual text message content are Verizon (3-5 days) and Virgin Mobile (90 days & search warrant required to recover even your own messages!).
It goes without saying that this information provides a number of people out there with a sigh of relief. However, is this always a good thing? I’m sure there are plenty of occasions when one might want their texts indefinitely-private and unsearchable, but let’s not forget how many instances a recovered text message has saved individuals a great deal of time, money, and stress. Take the billion-dollar lawsuit between Snap Chat’s Bobby Murphy, Reggie Brown and CEO Evan Spiegel, the primary evidence using a long string of text messages between them. Or, a much more serious example, the former tight end for the New England Patriots, Aaron Hernandez. Despite handing his cell phone to police “in pieces”, investigators were still able to retrieve numerous text messages between himself and the victim, Oden Lloyd. In cases like this, text messages are crucial in providing hard evidence. Shouldn’t you control your test messages? txtsmarter thinks so.