Why is there such a delay in text message delivery and can a smartphone be hacked?

Anonymous June 4, 2014
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Was texting with a friend last evening on my Droid Razr Maxx. One of the responses I received was a message that contained a previously sent message from probably a couple of weeks ago, plus part of a message he sent last evening.

His phone text is showing the actual text that he sent last evening. Also, there were several errors that I know weren’t there on the message I was sent a couple of weeks ago.

Any ideas of what might have gone wrong, and can a cell phone be hacked similar to a computer? Just trying to figure out what the issue might be.


  1. Rob H
    June 4, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I think some telecoms service providers skimp on the service so at busy times queues build up and if the system has a technical problem perhaps it doesn't get treated with the degree of urgency we would wish for.

    I don't know if this is a universally supported mechanism but if I add *0# to the start of an SMS I get an automatic response to say the destination phone has received the message (doesn't mean it's been read).

    Although you specify your mobile phone model, it's unlikely that is part of the problem, from your description I'd guess the culprit is the SMS system at the telecom provider he is using.
    You also ask: Can a phone be hacked? It's just a computer, the only computers truly resistant to hacking are those not able to be connected to any other computer. Unusual behaviours on a PC can be indicative of a security breach but on a phone it's not the first possible cause that comes to mind.

  2. Hovsep A
    June 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

    What Causes Text Message Delays?

    Multipart SMS getting mixed up with old messages

    Incoming multi-part SMS messages can be corrupted, with the last part being substituted for a part from a previous message.
    Under certain circumstances, SMSDispatcher can incorrectly construct multi-part SMS messages, resulting in a corrupted message being dispatched to the applications. The corrupted message contains parts from previously received multi-part SMS messages instead of the corresponding parts from the newly received message.

    Orphaned Texts