I am involved in a court case that can use the text messages that are still saved in my phone. But The lawyers would prefer the actual wording, content and record of these texts to come from the wireless carrier itself to avoid any issues of manipulation of the memory card. A subpoena or a Judge's Court Order can be obtained. The phone is a Motokrzr K1m.
My question is, does VZW have the content of texts saved somewhere on record, and if so for how long?
I have almost the same problem. I need the texts on my phone for a legal suit, but when I went to Verizon they said they could not transfer them from my phone to computer/paper. Then of course a week later the display portion of my phone broke and now I am pretty much (since I have to keep my language clean on here I'll just say) done. The odd thing is, my phone is a flip phone, and the top part came off but I got it back on. However the display just showed black, but the bottom half still works. So why can't they do something with it. I was told by Verizon that they could not fix it and by the manufacturer that they might be able to fix it, but they automatically erase all memory on the phone before they try to repair anything, which of course completely defeats the purpose. I need those the texts, but I also lost all of my pictures too. So OatisBeansworth if you or anyone else find out anything will you please post it. Thank you. Oh, my phone is an LGVX 8350.
To the best of my knowledge VZW doesn't archive the content of text, picture or video messaging. Think about it. Do you want your service provider storing all that personal information? Just think of the privacy lawsuits that VZW could face if such information were leaked or worse hacked. Then there is the question of storage space. VZW would have to purchase terrabytes of storage space to keep all of that stuff. That's expensive. Another question would be even if you were going to do that, how long do you keep it. You have to delete the stuff eventually. Every day tens of millions of messages are sent on the VZW network. I don't see how its feasible.
VZW does have a dedicated department that works with law enforcement and with a subpoena from a judge you'll get an answer, but probably not the one you're hoping for.
A chronological date and time of messages sent/received can be obtained for free for billed records online at verizonwireless.com by signing into your My Verizon account (you must be the account owner).