We know how important it is to be able to access your previous texts, Tombln! Sorry to learn your old phone is no longer working! We are glad you have a new device though! I'd be happy to look into this for you. On your old phone, did you use the text app Verizon Messages (Message+)? This app allows you to backup your messages. Click here to learn more: http://spr.ly/6607EncWJ.