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Cellphone users hit by wave of mysterious texts

November 8, 2019 | Comment icon 14 comments



Did you receive any mysterious texts yesterday ? Image Credit: PD - Peakpx
People across America awoke on Thursday to find unexplained text messages on their mobile phones.
The mystery began in the early hours of the morning when countless thousands of text messages, many of them completely unintelligible, were suddenly delivered to phones across the US.

Many found that the messages had seemingly been sent by their friends or family members.

One woman - 28-year-old Stephanie Bovee from Portland - was awoken at 5am to receive a text message from her sister which read simply "omg."

Fearing that it was bad news about her newborn nephew, she attempted calling around but couldn't get an answer. It took three hours for her to determine that everything was all right.
After checking into the messages further she discovered that several of her friends had received messages she had sent months ago and that her sister had received texts from February.

It seemed that, for whatever reason, mobile phone companies had suddenly sent out a large wave of text messages that had previously been sent, but hadn't originally been delivered.

"Now it's funny," said Bovee. "But out of context, it was not cool."

A spokeswoman for Sprint has since revealed that a "maintenance update" was responsible, however no specific details have been provided. T-Mobile suggested that it was a "third party vendor issue."

If you happened to receive any strange texts on Thursday, at least now you know the reason why.

Source: ABC News | Comments (14)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
So it must have been network specific, not phone specific.  I can't see any company (At&T, TMobile, Sprint, Veriozon) having the androids on a different network than any other phone.  Maybe the tracking software network system built in to the androids malfunctioned.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Scholar4Truth 2 years ago
I use AT&T along with Android and didn't get any strange texts.
Comment icon #7 Posted by susieice 2 years ago
The texts appear to have been originally sent sometime around Valentine's Day 2019. They crossed both iphone and androids and most major carriers. A company has taken responsibility for the delay. A server failed and wasn't brought back online until November 7th. When that happened, all the trapped texts were sent. https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/7/20953422/text-messages-delayed-received-overnight-valentines-day-delay
Comment icon #8 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
My friends wife got one from my friend.  In the morning she looked at her phone and said why were you texting me at midnight?  He said what are you talking about I was in bed sleeping right next to you.  
Comment icon #9 Posted by Robotic Jew 2 years ago
I read this wrong somehow...it sounded really bad because I read the first sentence as "My wife got one from my friend..." and the rest just the same as printed lol
Comment icon #10 Posted by DieChecker 2 years ago
I have Sprint but didnt see anything.  I can imagine though getting a text months out of context and it causing a good bit of confusion. Interesting that the texts were saved by the network services for that long.
Comment icon #11 Posted by mdbuilder 2 years ago
No one quite realizes how easily they're manipulated by big tech; especially those that are desperate for recognition but too sheepish to be known.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
I don't understand why it took so many months to replace the server.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
That's a funny prank!
Comment icon #14 Posted by LemonPotato 2 years ago
This was due to a proxy service they were using, the servers had a backlog of failed texts and eventually let them all go. It was fixed.


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