Many thanks to Nerosleuth for bringing this to our attention! Not good news for crime fighters, IMO.

Quote Originally Posted by nerosleuth
Here's a small part of an interesting article that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday.

This may not bode well in the future.

Phone companies' ditching of text messages might hamper crime investigations

Sunday, May 1, 2011 03:12 AM

By Holly Zachariah

With an estimated 5 trillion text messages being sent around the globe this year, phone companies say they either no longer store the messages or do so for only a few hours or a few days. This can be a problem for law-enforcement officers trying to track down missing people or criminals.

The full text of this article can be found at this link below.