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Deleted SMS gone for good

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 17, 2008

If you have deleted an important text message, don’t expect your cellphone company to have a magical backup server that will bail you out.

One Singapore man recently found that out the hard way when he tried to recover messages that he had trashed nine months ago.

Mr Huang Yongliang wrote to The Straits Times Forum this week asking about the possibility of retrieving the long-since-deleted texts.

‘I got curious about the policies on retrieving SMSes when I accidentally deleted mine,’ said Mr Huang.

The 27-year-old said he wanted the texts for ‘personal reasons’, but declined to elaborate.

Telecom companies, though, said customers can practically kiss the messages goodbye once they hit the delete button. The companies handle billions of messages annually and deleted SMSes are expunged from servers almost immediately, they say.

SingTel, for example, said it processes 20 million text messages a day. That adds up to around seven billion a year. (story)

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