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Can I retrieve my text messages from 1 1/2 years back?

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I need to retreive all my outgoing text messages for the past year and a half .  I would like to know if that is possible please.
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Seriously doubt it.  I don't believe most phoen companies save the outgoing messages, so unless your phone saves them (and you didn't post what hone you have or what phone service you have), the answer would be almost certainly no.  
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i have a Sprint Blackberry.  I called sprint and they said they don't save that info.  However I was wondering how the police and such people retrieve that information for cases.  Thanks for looking into this for me.
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I would expect a court order that requires tapping your phone/cloning it so that everything you do is recorded.  If the messages are EVER saved on Sprint's system, then it's likely done through a court order to recover the backup tapes (which would be a costly chore and not done simply because you need references).
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So in your professional opinion would you say that even a private investigator would be unable to retrieve past text messages unless they had a court order?
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In my professional opinion, YES, I would say that if your device does not record the text messages, the only POSSIBLE way to get them are to inspect the recipient's phones - if they saved them - OR POSSIBLY through a court order to your carrier - and even then, as you have apparently contacted them, they say they cannot get them.

(Please note: this is an opinion based on my understanding of how the technology works and other sources of information that I may have stumbled across over time).
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I appreciate your work on my question.  Thank you very much!!  Do you think that their is someone among all the experts here that may know a little more about this topic?
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Honestly, I'm not certain... I would tend to doubt it.  It sounds like you may have legal concerns for this and in that case, really, the best person to ask is an attorney.
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