Cell Phone Users Are Just Now Receiving Old Valentine's Day Texts

Alonzo Simpson
November 8, 2019

Did you send or receive some weird text messages overnight?

The text her sister received wished her a happy Valentine's Day. The zombie texts appeared across multiple carriers, including the top four U.S. networks as well as Canada, and surfaced whether you were using an Android device or iPhones.

People were definitely confused by all the delayed texts. While some said that they received messages from their ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends, others said they had received messages from friends or relatives who are now dead.

Friends who had not talked to each other in months were jolted into chatting, while others briefly panicked. Carriers haven't gone into detail about what went wrong, though, so it's not clear why the texts resurfaced or what prevented at least some of them from being delivered in the first place.

The carriers that have responded pointed to a "maintenance update" and a "third-party vendor".

The best explanation seems to be that old texts sent in the spring suddenly went through.

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The late textual content messages are influencing smartphones throughout varied key carriers, however the companies say there's an rationalization and you haven't been hacked.

In a press release, Dash apologized for all of the confusion, in accordance to CNET. T-Mobile suggested the data website that it occurred since of a "third-social gathering vendor problem". "We apologize for any confusion this may have caused", a Sprint spokesperson told CNET.

Verizon referred CNN Business to Syniverse, which confirmed the incident. The texts were sent from both Android and iOS devices using AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon networks.

ABI Research, which provides research and guidance on technology, said the four major carriers announced a "cross-carrier messaging system" that is expected to launch in 2020.

Gergs also said Valentine's Day messages were likely affected because the amount of texts sent on that day is "abnormally high".

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