i have at&t and i know there changing things so parents have more control over phone usage, but is there anyway that they can read the text messages from the phone bill?
yes they can and they know exactly whot yousaying and youshould be ashamed of yourself
No they cant, not on the bill anyway. It would take a court order to get the right to see the text messages your sending and recieving
we used to be able to see them :X you're safe.but you're dirty.
u should take a note from organized crime and keep all your discussions of sex, drugs and illegal activity off the airwaves
dude you guys are idiots answer seriously he doesnt want stupid comments . he wants an answer that is why he put up the question. i dont know dude ive been wondering the same thing. so if someone that knew what they were talking about would let us know that would be greatly appreciated :) thanks
There is no way that a text message once sent and erased off the phone can be read. The contants can only be retrived by court order and this is for x amount of text messages as the system can not store all of them
No, they can't read the messages, but they can see the numbers to and from where they were sent. If they don't get a detailed paper bill, they can still get the info on line.
so wut if i have the person number under a name? would they then just see the name or the number or both on the bill?
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no, you wouldn't see a name on the bill. Just the phone number, whether it was a text or phone call, the date and time it took place.
No, they can see when you send them and who you send them to but they can not read your messages that is illegal.well i think :?:
On the bill you can only see:
Phone numbers, not names
Origin location of the call/ txt
How long the call lasted
As far as getting a detailed report in which you can actually read the texts, for most cell companies they do require you to have a court order before they will release that information.
Depending on the amount of data used, they can retrieve text messages up 2 yrs old.
Some cell providers, like AT&T, will provide the full text massages for a hefty fee, but will only go back as far as 6 months before a court order is required.
I have AT&T, and we had to retrieve text messages when there was a cell phone bullying incident at my little brothers school. The kid who was getting bullied killed himself, and so when the police got ahold of his cell phone, they investigated every number that called, got called, or texted his phone.
My little brother being one of those numbers, they wanted a detailed report of the texts, and thats how we found out we could just pay for the past few months, and it was much quicker than having to wait around for the court order and then waiting for them to mail it.
Any ways point being, not all cell companies require a court order for a
-6 month history report.
It just depends on how much you're willing to spend, we cleared $300, getting a 2 month report and rushing it.
that 300.00 spent is not for a service that att charges for. call/SMS records can only be obtained through the National Compliance Center and only with a Court Orders / Subpoena.that 300.00 was probably the legal charges involved. att doesnt actually charge ANYTHING for it. but the consumer does not have direct access to it
I would spend $300 for the peace of mind that my spouse isn't lying about the texts exchanged with a "co-worker" (or $300 for proof!). Any idea who I can contact at ATT? Is it only by court order? The bill is in my name and I pay it.
Not yet, but I'm sure they will be able to soon enough if they are paying for your phone and your under 18.
Buying trust (or proof of it) is like buying love.
I'd get another spouse. Or be alone.
I'm not being flippant. I did just this years ago (admittedly before the days of text messaging. Gee, so our lives are supposed to be better now?)
And I'm pretty certain that obtaining those text message through the courts would have to be part of a case on trial being heard by the courts. You can't just walk in, hand the court $300, or whatever, and get a court order for text records. Both the courts and the providers would melt down fast from all this.
Please, you'd do better to sit down and evaluate your situation with the spouse and see if there's more going on between the two of you than just worrying about some text messages. I would suggest that you could approach the spouse about allowing you to see the messages, if there's really nothing to hide. But that seldom helps.
Just happy to offer the hard-nosed to-the-point side of things.
Good luck, Geri O
Thanks Geri O. I wish it was as cut and dry as you make it sound. The texts, which happen rarely now, were and are deleted, so that's not an option. Alone is not a problem for me, but we have two kids that adore their father (and he is a great father). Which is all more than you wanted to know! Suffice it to say I thank you for your advice and candor.
Understand. Being hard-nosed doesn'tnecessarily mean being heartless. Especially where kids are concerned.
I believe that parents can look at them. How, or where, or when, i am not sure, i am still trying to figure it out. My dad asked me when my girlfriend was getting back from south carolina. And i make sure my parents cant peek at my phone, so i am pretty dang sure he didnt look at my phone for recent texts. And i over heard my dad say something about the messages i send gettin forwarded to him somehow.
This pisses me off and keeps me from being myself on texting. :squint: It is overprotective, overobsessive, or there are some major trust issues if this is happening.
I need a cold hard answer so i can be sure he looked at my phone (which is what i'm hoping he did). And if it is possible, how old do i have to be to get my own contract with the provider?
your parents cannot read the messages [b] on line[/b].. he can set up a forward tho....by your reasoning I can see why he wants to monitor your texts... service providers (all of them) have several parental controls in place that allow / not allow actions... I guess you are going to have to deal with it until you get your own account... you need to be 18 for that unless you go prepaid
prepaid these days aint all that bad. cricket and boost both offer unlimited everything plans for around 50 bcks a month or less
. LOL. sounds like "somebody's" got something to hide. heh heh. :devil
Is it? Than, it's a matter of dam surprising & daring. Coz, sometimes kids may only make fun. but, parents must be take it otherwise.