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I have a G2 w/ Android 2.2 on T-Mobile and Some of my friends complain that they receive Text Message with a half hour delay. One friend is on T-Mobile and one is on ATT so I'm not sure if it's a network, sim card issue, phone issue, android issue, or if it's just their phone....

How can my friends fix this issue? New SIM card?

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Is this just a one-time occurence? It's probably a temporary network issue; SMSes get delated all the time. – Matthew Read Mar 23 '11 at 20:02
Even if it's not a one-time thing I still concur with Matthew Read, my wife and I are both on Verizon with a Droid and a Droid 2 (R2-D2 edition!) and sometimes our texts between one another are delayed or duplicated for seemingly no reason, but it's intermittent and rare. – newuser Mar 23 '11 at 20:25
Gotta concur with @Matthew and @JonnyP. SMS is pretty unreliable. – Al E. Mar 23 '11 at 23:48
I think it's a carrier issue. – Amanda Mar 24 '11 at 0:12
Also, I have friends who insist they'll never use AT&T again because AT&T takes too long to deliver SMS. So maybe it's not an issue that is unique to any one carrier. – Amanda Mar 24 '11 at 12:17
up vote 3 down vote accepted

There was a point a couple of years ago where I had persistent problems with SMSs not being delivered, or being delivered hours late to one particular person. That person was my girlfriend at the time, so you can imagine how well it went down that I seemed to be ignoring her all the time. After much backwards and forwards with the network they ended up issuing us both with new SIM cards and we never saw the problem again.

SMS was never originally designed to be used the way that we all use it today, and is unreliable, but if this keeps happening bug your network and they may be able to do something to help.

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I'd love to know if getting a new SIM card helps you out! – Amanda Mar 24 '11 at 12:17
+1 for a funny story :) – Brian McCarthy Apr 1 '11 at 14:01
@Amanda, yeah i told the other person to get a SIM card and it helped. I also upgraded to the G2 :) – Brian McCarthy Apr 1 '11 at 14:02

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