SIM Card Reader Can Read Deleted Text Messages On Your Cell Phone

February 25, 2008


New York company BrickHouse Security wants to help you end your marriage/kick your kids out of the house. How you ask? By selling you a $150 SIM card reader that can read deleted text messages.

"Have you ever wished you can spy on your wife, husband, teens or colleague's phone to see what they are up to? Are they being suspicious when on their cellphone? About half of spouses find something bad on their partner's phone. They think they're deleting their messages, but they're wrong," said BrickHouse President Todd Morris.

Todd Morris also said his past two wives have cheated on him and he's using the device to help keep a tight leash on his third. Just kidding, he didn't really say that. He was definitely thinking it though.

Texters, Beware [nypost]

Thanks to Christopher, who is right now enjoying a nice bowl of fruity pebbles N scotch, which he insists is the breakfast of champions (and the unemployed), for the tip

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    Well its good to have such technology to read our deleted messages!!

  • This device is waaay to expensive and it doesn't guarantee that the messages will actually be restored.

    I would recommend that you go for Dekart SIM Reader instead - it only costs around 50 dollars and their site offers an honest and straightforward technical explanation of which messages can be recovered, in which circumstances, how many of them are readable, etc. Clearly - those folks know what they're talking about.

    They have a bunch of Youtube tutorials about their SIM reader and a blog where you can interact with the engineers who actually develop the software.

    Here's the article that explains which SMS can be recovered:

  • How much of the "deleted" text can you read? How is  this sim card reader any different from any of the others?

  • It is more expensive and the software won't work with the latest versions of Windows.

    From a technical perspective, the trick is that the message is initially marked as deleted, but not actually deleted.

    You can read as many messages as there are on the SIM card. If you received an SMS a million years ago and then turned off the phone - the messages are still on the card, hence they can be read.

    If the SIM is left inside a phone that is powered on, there's a chance that new incoming messages will overwrite the old ones that were deleted in the past.

    The feedback above is based on my experience with the card reader from Dekart.

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