How long do you keep Text Messages in your Mobile Phone?

@poohgal (6848)
Singapore
December 23, 2007 9:14am CST
Mobile phones used to be able to keep only up to 10 Text Messages. With the increase in memory space, we can keep almost unlimited messages on our mobile phones. If someone very special to me sends me a special Text Message on my mobile phone, I will keep it forever. I will only delete it if that person is no longer special. I will also keep funny or meaningful Text Message on my mobile phone for as long as I wish. All other Text Messages that do not fall under the above categories will be deleted almost immediately. I do not enjoy seeing my mobile phone filled up with so many Text Messages. I have friends who keep all Text Messages (important or unimportant) sent to them. They claim they are lazy to delete. LOL How about you? Why do you keep certain Text Messages in your mobile phone? How long do you keep them?
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@pooh08 (672)
• Vietnam
18 Apr 08
I keep my text messages in my mobile phone until it's full. But I only keep the messages which are necessary, can't delete it.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
7 Jun 08
Yea. Same for me:)
@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
23 Dec 07
I have chosen to keep all my Xmas messages regardless of where it came from-I want to know how many real caring friends I have this year-I will delete them on 15th of January. Ordinarily, I usually read and delete unless it is a data message I would like to refer to later!
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
23 Dec 07
Yea. Same here. I've many Christmas Messages on my mobile phone now too. =D I will keep them until after Christmas. Once I receive my first New Year message, I will delete all my Christmas messages. =D
@selece (2357)
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
Hello my friend! If I haven't changed my phone or sim some of my messages would be 8 years old. Hehe. I want to keep the significant ones and then later after a long time send it back to the sender. I want to show them that I've kept it for quite some time to remind that person how significant his/her message was. Hehe. Right now I have some 4 year-old messages on my phone. Other text messages though, I delete them after 2-3 days. I'm quite lazy too. Hehe.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
1 Jul 08
If that gal replies you, I'm sure you'll keep me a long time too..
@selece (2357)
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
Oh lol yeah! Got bad news... Huhu. I'm sad.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
2 Jul 08
*pat pat* What happened? Don't be sad.. cheer up.
• Malaysia
6 Jul 08
Hie Poohgal, well! It depends on how much the message means to me or relevancy. If it's precious and from a love one, I would keep it forever till the cell phone RIP No matter how short the message is, it will always be sweet and treasured. I do keep inspirational sayings or jokes from friends, or even pictures. Otherwise irrelevant ones, I would delete them as soon as I have read them. Nowadays I do get those kinky messages to call certain numbers when lonely and need a companion it seemed. Cheers and happy posting!
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
6 Jul 08
Yikes.. I hate those kinky messages too. Hate them.. Thanks for sharing.
• Malaysia
8 Jul 08
You are welcome and best wishes
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Hi, I will keep my messages for as long as possible. I feel reluctant to delete my messages. I will only delete my messages when my cell phone reach low memory.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
12 Jun 08
haha.. How come you are reluctant? I guess all messages are special to you?
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 08
Hi, You are right. All messages are special to me. Actually, I seldom delete stuff in my cell phone, everything that goes into my cell phone will not be deleted unless my cell phone are low on memory. All the stuff in my cell phone are special to me. I will look back at those stuff sometimes.
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@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
18 Apr 08
i keep my text messages as long as i have enough space on my inbox
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
7 Jun 08
I think I have enough space to keep thousands of them. I try to delete those meaningless ones. How about you?
@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
9 Jun 08
same here
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
26 Dec 07
Ha ha ha... you reminded me so fondly of all the messages I keep. In fact, I am still holding on to the very first SMS that I received from my wife, all those years ago when we first met in Uni. Yeah, now with all the new handsets and all that new expanded memory, I can keep heck of a lot of my messages. Sometimes, taking the effort to clean up my inbox is more of a chore now. heh heh... takes almost an hour to clean out the unnecessary junk in my inbox. Always a headache, especially when upgrading to a new phone. Cos the messages are no longer stored in the SIM, but in the phone.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
26 Dec 07
That's so sweet. I am sure your wife is happy that you are still keeping her first SMS sent to you. =)
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
26 Dec 07
ha ha ha... I would think so too. Cos she is also keeping the first SMS I sent her all those years ago. The first time I used my SMS, I felt so awkward. So troublesome, cos you have to keep pressing the buttons to get the letter you want. Now with definitive dictionary text messaging, it is so much easier.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
23 Dec 07
I will keep all funny and meaningful msgs til my inbox is really full den i will pain stakingly pick out those not so meaningful nor funny msgs to delete.. LOL.. But for those normal msgs, i will only delete them at night b4 i sleep or the next morning when i wake up =P hehe
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
24 Dec 07
Haha.. Yea. I know what you mean. Thank goodness Handphones nowadays have very large memory for us to keep many messages. =P
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
24 Dec 07
But most of the time, my phone memory as well as the memory card is used to stored photos and songs plus contacts.. haha.. But till now i still got quite alot of memories left in my phone..
• United States
11 Jul 08
I have my phone set to auto erase so it holds 50 at a time and erases the oldest one every time I get a new one. So it depends.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
11 Jul 08
I guess you really do not like to see too many messages in your phone.
@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
10 Jul 08
Dear friend, Yes, I do keep some of the messages which I would like to read again and again, mostly they are proverbs or humours and may be someone special to me have send. I delete those are not necessary like bill payment that I had done already, certain marketing message which I am not interested to purchase etc. Otherwise I would keep the most needed according to the preference I give.
@ifglan (1152)
• China
10 Jul 08
Oh,now my cell phone can store more than 300 text messages,and most of the time,i will not delete them until it reaches to the number for big store,sometimes i will delete some messages which are very important like the password ,or band code,and if the massages are from my honey ,maybe very sweet,i will also delete,hehe,,,,some are very funny ones,i will store for long to make others happy....
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
10 Jul 08
Messages from honey are always sweet.
@dseno22 (82)
• Philippines
10 Jul 08
I'll keep text messages as long as i want it, specially funny and meaningful text messages.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
10 Jul 08
Thanks for sharing
• United States
9 Jul 08
My phone is weird. The recieved message box seems to hold about 50 before it tells you to delete something. The sent messages only go up to 30. The thing I do like is the lock feature. You can sometimes lock a special message, so when you do a mass delete, it saves whatever has been locked in place.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
9 Jul 08
Yea. I'll lock up special messages too (just in case I accidentally do a mass delete).
• Pakistan
6 Jul 08
well not very long...it becomes full in just 3 days so i hav to delete them
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
6 Jul 08
3 days is really a short time. Thanks for sharing.
• Philippines
6 Jul 08
i only txt when needed only or important message it's a waste of money or time for me.........
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
6 Jul 08
Thanks for sharing.
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
I love keeping messages especially inspirational and joke messages. I npirational messages always lift me up while jokes always make me laugh. I will only erase these messages when I have forwarded them to my friends or when there's not enough space.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
2 Jul 08
Yea. I love inspirational ones too. My boss will send me one every Monday.
• Philippines
1 Jul 08
as long as i have enough memory in my phone, i seldom delete messages even the unimportant ones. my husband still needs to remind me that my inbox is already full...or he'll be the one to erase those not so important messages.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
2 Jul 08
Great trust! I know of some wives who do not like their husbands to look at their messages and vice versa.
• United States
1 Jul 08
depending on the text, i just keep it until my inbox gets full. if it something personal that i dont want other people to read, then i delete it. cutesy texts from the boy, i keep and read when im gloomy haha.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
1 Jul 08
Cutesy texts
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I'm pretty lazy about deleting messages. I generally delete things that are quickies, such as when someone is answering me about something, or the daily 'good mornings' types of texts I get from some friends. I keep more texts that were funny or have a memory attached to them, and I like to keep some from my husband. I think I can store 100 on mine and i'm not sure if buying memory would up my storage space.
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@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
1 Jul 08
I should think so. I have a few hundred messages in my mobile phone and I have yet to hit the maximum. I am not sure what is the maximum.
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
My mobile phone could store up to 50 messages in my inbox. I only keep qoutes that really touches me, so i could forward it also to my friends. Sometimes, a simple goodnight, sleep tight message could last for many months in my inbox, cause i read it still everynight! Especially if it comes from a special person.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
25 Jun 08
Those sleep tight messages must be very sweet.