To my knowledge sent TXT messages that are undeliverable because either the phone is turned off or out the service area are retained on the network for up to 5 days. Once the phone is powered on or back in the coverage area, the messages are delivered to the handset with the associated mobile number.
Now, since your old phone has no ability to send/receive text messages or you have text blocked, it's possible that the message failed as soon as it was sent by the sender.
If you had text blocked on your line, unless mom decides to unblock text, the block should remain on the new phone. Hope that helps.
Thanks. No, I don't believe that we had a "software" block......My mom's phone can receive them, but she won't even open them due to charges (hey, if someone wants to talk to us, they can CALL us). I had thought that mine was simply incapable of receiving. But then, I do have a text message menu.....and my brother tried to send one from my phone....it still shows as having been sent on my phone, but it didn't make it to the destination phone. This would be day 5, and the messages were probably sent around noon the day that they were sent. Sounds like I'm not automatically troubled......I know that we still have no interest in text messages, so presumably, if they just copy over the settings on my existing phone, any blocks will transfer as well..... Anyone else?
Eric: let your mom know that even if she doesn't open up the messages she's still charged for them. If she doesn't want text at all, she can have it blocked for free for each line by calling customer care at *611.
You said you don't see any options for text messaging, that means your phone is incapable of sending/receiving text (SMS), but that does not necessarily mean that your line has a network text block.
Every new phone that VZW sells currently is SMS capable. Unless mom asks VZW to block your line when she gives you your new phone, then you will get text at the pay per use rate: $.20 and $.25 for pix/flix messages.