29 September 2009

So, what's up with the flashing envelope?

Older mobile phones would store received text messages on your SIM card rather than in their own (very limited) memory. Service messages sent to you by your mobile provider are also stored on the SIM card, even today.

Modern phones store inbound text messages in their own (significantly more capacious than their predecessors') memory or even, in some cases, on a removable memory card (miniSD or microSD most of the time). Nokia phones based on S60v3 with feature pack 2 and later (N78, N96, 5800 XpressMusic, N97 etc.) detect messages on the SIM card and, if they find any, alert the user to their presence by displaying a flashing envelope on the screen.

The only way to get rid of it is to delete the messages on the SIM card. To achieve this:

Menu > Messaging > Options > SIM messages

Select all the messages visible here:

Options > Mark/unmark > Mark all

Then delete them by pressing the "C" key for phones that have it (keypad-operated phones) or by tapping "Options" and selecting "Delete" for touchscreen-driven phones.

The messages on the SIM will be deleted and the flashing envelope will be removed.

18 comments:

Dayyán Robbie said...

Greetings Mr. Stewart!

I've found your learning in the field to be outstanding, and was wondering if I might contact you regarding a predicament that I've become all but irretrievalbly lost in.
My email is gdayyan@gmail.com
Cheers,
Dayyan

G. Stewart said...

Your best bet for getting answers to Nokia handset-related questions is to visit the Nokia Support Discussion forums.

maskme said...

this really many many thanks

ACE said...

Thanks.. To the point explanation

Schalla said...

Thank you so much!

chacha charaind said...

Thanks Gob Bless you brother,,it really worked

Liridon said...

thanks a lot, it works

Colin said...

Thanks so much - this fixed it for me. Wish the Nokia manuals had this in it...

André said...

Thanks a lot!! totally solved it

Arnab said...

Awesome! I was having the same issue. Just made a search in google and came to this site, and followed the instructions, and hey, my problem solved!

Thanks.

Hari said...

thanks sir it's realy worked

dmxDave said...

Thanks for that, I was starting to pul my hair out lol

missb27 said...

Thanks so much, brilliant, to-the-point answer!

aby said...

You are awesome....

brudo said...

Thanks

nokian76 said...

Thank you very much. That icon was pulling my brains out.

KSR said...

Thank you very much.... It works. Having an E72 and am new to smart phones.

KSR

Riyas Cp said...

thanks alot :)