Must Your Cell Phone Have a SIM Card To Recover Deleted SMS?

If you need to read SMS or text messages that have been deleted from a cell phone you may be under the impression that the only way to recover deleted texts or SMS messages is via a SIM card reader. This is untrue, This is a very common misconception that cell phone forensic consultants hear everyday.if you have a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) device that does not have a SIM card, the internal memory of the device itself can be examined to recover data.

Now if the phone is GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications: originally from Group Special Mobile) and the SIM card is absent or missing that’s another issue. There is no way to examine that phone unless you can contact your service provider and ask them for the IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identification) and the ICCID(International Circuit Card Identifier. If you can get those two numbers the SIM card can be cloned and the phone can be processed.

Now with some Smart Phones like the iPhone back up files can be examined and processed in the same was as a cell phone or SIM can be examined. Deleted SMS and Text messages, address book, and other data can be recovered from those back up files. This is the best solution for people that desperately need to read deleted SMS or texts from an iPhone but simply cannot prt with the device for more than a day.

The first step is to get the computer to allow you to see hidden files and folders. To do this you will need to open “My Computer”. Click on the “Tools” drop down menu. You should see “Folder Options”. Click on the “View” button. In the Advanced settings box you should see a folder named “Hidden files and folders.” Click in the “Show hidden files and folders” circular button and then click “OK” at the bottom of the box. (See the image “Folder Options” attached to this email.

Once you can see the hidden folders you need to follow this path- (Click on each folder) C / Documents and settings/ User (this will be the name of the person)/ application data/ Apple Computer/ MobileSync. The Cell phone forensic consultant needs the folder “Mobile Sync”

As you can see there is a solution to almost any problem if you need to recover deleted SMS or text messages from a cell phone without a SIM card. All you really need to do is consult will a forensic Cell phone consultant.

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Source by Ed Opperman