A divorce is about to ensue between a friend of mine and their spouse. He has received conflicting information and needs this clarified. He has the physical phone, it is his. It's in a business account and his wife was able to obtain the itemized bills for the last two years. She wants to get a court order to obtain deleted texts and deleted pictures. I know it can be done with other phones, but I have been told that it cannot be done with an iphone, unless it has been backed up, which he has not done. She wants to make this divorce aggressive.
The carrier was At&T. Should I call an apple technician or speak with someone at At&T? He has had this iphone for at least 2 or 3 years. Never backed it up as he is not a very tech oriented kind of a man. What she obtained so far, were the calls for the last several months. How often conversations occurred. All texts and photos of the incriminated parties had been deleted. I just want to know if it's possible off of an iphone that was never backed up. I've been told it's not regardless of the carrier. She has been told to go to web sites that specialize in recovering deleted text messages and other data.
Can he take his iphone in to AT&T (his carrier) and find out firsthand? I mean, it's his phone. If he left it with a tech or they looked at it and looked at the account, would they be able to tell him if his deleted texts and deleted pictures could be retrieved? He has so much anxiety about this, it would be nice to be able to know for sure.
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