I have a question (or questions) regarding using text messages. I recently contacted the parent company of my (and my spouse’s) cell provider to see about subpoenaing for text messages. The representative informed me that not only does the company not store the actual messages, they charge a fee for the amount of logs requested. So, I wouldn’t be getting any actual records of dialogue- just records of when a text was sent, and from what number. AND I’d have to pay over $30 for the service, plus $10/month requested. None of this even includes the cost of filing the subpoena! So what is the point of doing this if this is true?
Also, I read somewhere that using text messages can be helpful to a case, but it looks rather suspect if all I do is either bring my phone to court and show it to the judge, or print out the texts in PDF format from my phone, because I could be accused of tampering or altering messages and what not. Therefore, records from the actual phone company/carrier would be required. But again- if the above is true (they aren’t required to store actual messages)- then what am I to do if I want to use texts as evidence?