SMS Access API
Please, provide a way to backup the texts.
Or, at least, provide a API access to the texts to allow developers to implement an application for SMS backing up.
Use this to create an SMS manager. Last year there were 6 trillion sms messages sent. In asia the do not have fancy data plans but rely on SMS. Need to open this up for greater adoption especially in the largest market in the world.
With the WP8 release, the team did add the capability for consumers to have the device backup texts (which has been added within the WP8 OS), but the platform still doesn’t have an API to do this.
As such, I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’. The team is aware of the ask and it is something that is being considered.
Danie Pretorius commented
I have noticed that a backup function for SMS has been implemented in WP8, but please, what about WP7. This just means that I will lose my SMS messages now when I have to send my Lumia 710 for repair and on top of that, even if I consider upgrading to a new WP, I will still be able to carry over my SMS messages to my new phone. This type of short coming really leaves the question whether there is much value in sticking to WP rather than just jumping to droid.
in December 2011 Laura Reed made comment on the feedback and that concideration would be hi for future release. There have been 2 major W7P updates since then and yet there is still no way to back up SMS messages on a W7P. So great Microsoft came to the party with W8P how does that help anyone who currently has a W7P moving to a W8P? It is little wonder why Microsoft continue lose to Apple and Andriod! At least Nokia made a token effort to create an app that does a pathetic excuse of a job at moving sms across. Only problem with that is it only brings across the last 500 received messages and only the first 160 characters of each message! Yet Microsoft who have now provided a solution to back up SMS with the latest W8P and who have all these great skills and expertise still cannot create at least an app for the W7P to back up SMS!!!! So Cliff thanks for telling us the problem is solved with W8P, but how does this solve the issues raised here??? I have had my W7P for 2 years, and I send and receive around 700 to 1000 texts a month, mainly business related. I now have to carry 2 phones just so I can refer to historical texts. Thanks once again for taking 2 steps forward and 5 steps back! Maybe you should just bring back windows mobile, you seemed to know what you were doing then!
manickam c commented
without sms backup, why did you call windows phone 7.5 as smartphone.. we desperately need this feature in 7.5 to migrate to 8 version. otherwise i will throw my windows phone 7.5 device to dust bin only
I did not know that it is not possible to migrate SMS from my android phone before buying Nokia Lumia 720 yesterday. I have spoken to one of my friend who has agreed to buy back Lumia from me at a discounted price and I am gonna go for Android again.
Microsoft has to pay the highest cost for not being customer centric, which is loosing them forever. I made a mistake to choose windows phone, you better take a pick and get to android based phones only.
Ashraful Arif commented
we want this update on wp7.8
pls add this feature on wp7.8 phone.
I did not know that I can't migrate my SMS data from my Android phone before I bought a Nokia 820. Now I think I made a mistake buying a Windows Phone as I lost many years' data. When I changed to Android from a feature phone, it was quite easy to migrate everything. The strange thing is that there MUST BE an API for this because Nokia has a Transfer my data app that can migrate SMS (so they are able to access this API), but only from old, Symbian based Nokias...
@Torben Schramme: Exactly(Tho I am not in the public sector I still work in a NOC for a rapidly growing service and I am in the on-call rotation). The thing keeping me from switching tp WP8 is a Klaxon(Android app) like application for WP8.
Yury Batsyuro commented
One more suggestion is an ability to subscribe on SMS messages from a distinct phone number. So a subscribed application acquires an ability to read only SMS from a specified sender and send him (and only him) back. It will give a possibility to integrate with SMS services and make some good shells for these SMS services.
HELP!! So I need to migrate both my HTC HD7 with windows phone 7 to a NEW PHONE with Windows Phone 8, how can I migrate everything INCLUDING MY SMS's
This request has been asked for soo long its unbelievable. and MS response is "buy our new" or F**K OFF. I honestly do not believe MS will ever implement this feature. The fact is that Android and IOS have this most essential and simplest of features without throwing crappy lines about "privileges. I honestly was going to move back to WP just to give MS a chance (not because I didn't like android or iphone). I will now actively discourage the few people who ask me which phone to buy to avoid Windows Phones. Purely because of this crappy attitude MS has "developed" towards its users. Where they fail to deliver on promises and or even bother to update their phones.
Please allow devs to create an API for this feature. It would be especially helpful when changing phones (say, upgrading from WP7 to WP8). Thanks.
Please provide a way to backup sms messages on Lumia 820. Unbelievable it is not possible (yet), as with good old Nokia Suite
Lack of SMS backup/restore in WP8 prevented me to buy any WP8 handset. I'm not born today neither started using mobile phone today. Smooth and complete data migration is the cornerstone for any purchase of a new phone. Microsoft should understand that !!!! before expecting any massive move from the consumers to buy their products.
SMS has become one of the most common forms of communication in the world! The inability of WP7 to back them up is scandalous! Get on it Microsoft! We know you've incorporated this into WP8 but if you want current WP7 users to stay on board you need to make this happen or you will lose serious ground in the phone market.
Pleace make a way to backup sms messages on Lumia 800
Goh, I empathize, but you could have gone to the 920 rather than the Galaxy. WP8 has the ability to backup and restore. Going forward you would have been fine. This thread is about adding API's for developer access. I hope this arrives soon!
Well, i have a HTC Mozart and was going to get the lumia 920. Found out i couldn't get my office sms backed up and transferred and i really need those for references. What a stupid situation???. So now i carry a Galaxy Note II in addition to the mozart and the mozart will be in the trash once my clerk have transcribed all my sms messages for me. Business users here must have the latest phone here and changes phones quite often; what are we supposed to do? Throw all our messages away??? Bye bye windows phone...and you were so easy and simple to use too.
i am using Nokia Lumia 800. The problem is Zune doesn't give me enough control over my phone I cant send messages through zune when my phone is connected. Cant backup my messages. I wish zune was more like nokia suite. If that happens i am sure windows phone users will find it very helpful.
I'll make it plain and simple:
any app who wants to access to SmsStore should register itself, then the user can enable or disable this capability into a special Settings submenu in which we have all the apps that requested the accesso to SmsStore. So, with a simple checkbox, I can allow or block any specific app. Something like a "firewall".
Now, assuming that the user can allow/block any single app, you should add the capability to sends SMSs without going to the composing screen. I mean, if I want to send an SMS from my app and the user taps on the send message, it should send it without leaving my app.
Sorry for my English, I don't have too much time but I wanted to share my idea!
Marcus Isaksson commented
I have a project were i need to be able to count the number of unread messages i have, some way to access this information is needed. Would realy like this funtionallity with emails aswell.