It's not normal, I was talking to a friend in Australia on a land line and gave her my mobile number and she sent a test text and I recieved it instantly, I think the free to receive texts was an EU ruling as you have no choice to not accept the text unlike calls where you can turn off your answer phone and ignore the call
It's happening all the time with me! A friend just sent me a text at 7.30pm this evening & I still haven't received it. It's now 7.50pm. I'm in south London & she's in north London - she's not in Tumbuktu!!
Will an admin person please come back to me on this? It's unacceptable. I need to receive my messages immediately.