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Problem receiving SMSes on iPhone

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Hello EE,

Until yesterday, I started receiving this notification whenever I try to send an SMS:

"Your SMS mailbox is full. New messages cannot be received until you delete some messages."

The message is clear enough but I find this quite out of the ordinary.

I have had my iPhone 3GS for over two years and I have never deleted one SMS and I've sent tens-of-thousands of SMS over it's lifetime and have never had an indication of my mailbox being filling up.

All of sudden, I've started getting this message, oddly enough, right after updating from iOS4 to iOS5 two days ago.

Some people I know have been having the same problem; even those who have not updated to iOS5 yet.

I've tried deleting some SMSes, restarting my iPhone, restoring my iPhone from a backup, clearing the settings and still no luck.

However, I would like to try avoiding deleting all my SMSes as the hold sentimental value.

Is this a known problem and does anyone know how I can fix this problem?

Thank you in advance.
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by:Deepu Chowdary
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Settings -> General settings -> Reset -> Reset all settings
If you have tried this with no luck then the only way is to restore to factory settings .
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check how much free space you have left on iPhone
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by:mr_stevie
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I've reset all my settings before and no luck. And I'm pretty sure I have plenty of space left on my iPhone.

I guess at the end of the day, my last resort is to restore to the factory settings and start a new iPhone...

Unless someone can help me with this problem.
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by:maximus5328
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If you are looking for help then why are you dismissing the suggestions however basic they may seem to you? It discourages people who are trying to help. If would have taken you 10 sec to check on free space. Good luck.
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I looked at the space remaining and saw that I had 9GB left remaining and assumed it would be plenty of space left.

Anyways it doesn't matter now. I just decided to backup and archived my files and logs and just restored it as a new iPhone.
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by:mr_stevie
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Anyways, thanks for the help.
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