Text messages are not like voice mails and cannot be retrieved from any other device than the one in which the message was delivered to. This may change as technology advances, but for right now, text messages cannot be viewed from another phone.
One slight exception to this rule is the iMessage feature on iPhones and iPads. Using Apple's iCloud allows a user to sync their phone with all of the other Apple devices in one given home. Therefore, a person would be able to check their text messages not only from their iPhone but also from their iPad or even their home computer.Learn More
According to the New York Times, AT&T saves deleted text messages for up to 72 hours, and in most cases, it is impossible for a consumer to retrieve text messages once they have been deleted. However, AT&T can provide a record of the numbers that sent texts to a particular phone and the numbers that were texted by that phone.Full Answer >
Boost Mobile does not offer an option to view text messages from an online phone account, as of 2014. However, there are still several options available for backing up texts online, including using the Boost Mobile mail service and installing a designated app to record text messages.Full Answer >
There are multiple ways to send private text messages on a cellphone, including using email, instant messaging and certain smartphone apps. To maintain complete anonymity, the user should create a unique email address or instant messaging account depending on how he chooses to privately text an individual.Full Answer >
Because of federal privacy laws, cellular companies do not provide detailed reports of content sent via text messaging. In cases of harassment or threatening messages, a lawyer can petition for a court order releasing records held by the carrier, but each carrier has policies for how long messages are kept.Full Answer >