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"SMS Mailbox is Full. You'll no longer receive text messages."
Apple, according to the interwebz, has lowed the text message limit to 15MB. Which equates to aprox 75,000 texts. Even if you don't have 75,000 texts though, you might hit the 15MB cap regardless depending on the texts.

So - I suddenly started having this problem on my iPhone 4S the other day. At first I didn't think anything of the message, until today I had to make some important texts but never got responses. The only texts working were iMessage.

Lo-and-behold the message starting popping up upon restarting the phone.
I spent over 6 hours trying to sort this out. I've been deleting message histories like crazy, including photos too. I tried EVERY suggestion from turning off imessage, icloud, resetting network stuff, general settings, restore, blah blah blah.
I sat on the phone with Apple support for 30 minutes on hold and then an hour on the phone with a supervisor. She was not helpful in the slightest, just redigesting everything that I told her I did already including the restore.

So I was stuck with a useless phone. I knew from the start what the likely fix would be, but I just didn't want to do it. Still don't.
I have a single text conversation history with my girlfriend from the day we met back in '09. I've migrated them from phone to phone. Never given me a problem until now. I consider it to be very important to me, and I always keep regular backups of it as it is.
I was at my wits end, so I deleted it. Suddenly, I got over 50 text messages from various people that have been trying to get ahold of me. My phone wouldn't stop spazzing out. Text messaging now works.

What baffles me about the problem is that:
A) What on earth made Apple LOWER the limit?
B) Why on earth does it matter how long a single message history is?
C) Why doesn't deleting other messages fix the problem?
D) Why doesn't Apple have a clue right now about this?
E) Why did this problem suddenly start occuring for me now? Me and my GF have been using iMessage for 2 weeks now. The problem only started to occur today for me.... It's extremely odd.

I'm restoring my phone now to get the message history back. I rather not get texts than to loose something priceless to me.
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post #2 of 56
Enough people complained that the ios sms must have been to slow or something so they changed it.

That or they just did it?
srry about your gf's texts
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No clue, youd think the phone has muliple gigs of storage, it could spare more than 15mb, give me 50 at a minimum.
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I just have no time for this garbage. I honestly don't. I need to see about alternatives until a new iOS comes out or something.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28 View Post
I just have no time for this garbage. I honestly don't. I need to see about alternatives until a new iOS comes out or something.
I see your concerns and raise you an android.

Will still work after a nuclear holocaust. Backup however you like. Works even on your microwave oven. : e-mails
Will still work flawlessly without being crappy like iMessage and your girlfriend will appreciate it. Backups. Phone-multi-platform. : WhatsApp (this is what you want)
Will still work when WhatsApp dies, has online logging. Truly-multi-platform. : Google talk
Edited by MadCatMk2 - 10/29/11 at 4:51pm
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Take something away put back iphone5 call it new feature.
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but why do you need the text message history on the phone itself? if it's backed up in icloud, wouldn't you be content knowing it's there?
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post #8 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by flamingoyster View Post
but why do you need the text message history on the phone itself? if it's backed up in icloud, wouldn't you be content knowing it's there?
That's not quite how it works. You can't go browsing iCloud for your texting history, rather you can simply restore from iCloud and have everything back as it was. If you restore from a backup that you made after deleting the texts you won't get them back, and if you restore from a backup too old you'll lose everything. (I'm not even sure if you can choose from multiple backups or if the last one is replaced with a newer one.)

It would be neat if Apple added the ability to browse your backups although that'd be useless if it only keeps one.
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Well I'm thinking 75,000 msgs is a pretty awesome upper limit... Everything is a compromise. keeping unlimited anything is how you can run out of resources.
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yea but a 15 meg inbox is crap. What happens when you take pictures and text them?
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