My daughter has a stock Motorola Atrix on Bell in Canada. When she receives a text from one particular friend (on a Telus phone), rather than displaying the text, the phone just displays "null". All other texts work fine. She can receive from other people on the Telus network as well.

When the problem contact sends an MMS message with a picture, any text in the picture message comes through fine.

I have tried multiple SMS apps to see if they made a difference but they all behave the same way as the default text app.

Any ideas??

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    Try deleting the contact. Then when a new message from the same contact arrives, see if there's any change. If it shows correctly, add relevant info and save as fresh contact.
    – Sparx
    May 20, 2011 at 20:39
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    Try logging what happens with logcat while opening message with "null", and posting relevant info here.
    – bbaja42
    May 21, 2011 at 21:52

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Related to : SMS messages just have "null"

Try this,

delete their contact


Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Select the Messaging App

Choose 'Clear Data' and also 'Clear Cache'.

N.B. you will lose all data / txt msg's in your phone

(don't forget to write their number down to save as new afterwards!)


You could also check on http://www.google.com/contacts and check if the address book entry for that person is missing some information.

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