Archiving Cell Phone Text Messages

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Mike Ashenfelder writes for the Library Of Congress’ The Signal: Digital Preservation blog about Archiving Cell Phone Text Messages. If you’ve wondered how you can backup and preserve your SMS messages from your cell phone, you’ll want to check out this helpful article.

“Saving text messages is more difficult for basic phones. You have to open the phone, remove its SIM card and display the card’s contents through a SIM card reader. A reader is an inexpensive device into which you pop the SIM card, plug the reader into the USB port on your computer, display the SIM card contents and copy the text messages over. The “Text” format of the text messages is one of the least complex of all the computer file formats, so you can display the contents of a text message file with a basic text editor. You can even display it with a browser; text files get along well with several different programs.”