Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Mystery over wave of delayed text messages in US

Mystery over wave of delayed text messages in US

Billions of text messages are sent and received across the U.S. every day, but November 6 was unusual because some of the text messages received were originally sent on Valentine's Day back in February.

Samantha Majorczak, a college student in Arizona, said she received a text that said "How is your day going?" from her dad - who died in March.

I can personally vouch for this, as I ended up with at least 3 random text-messages coming through my Google Voice application, which I use as part of my law practice.

The long-delayed "ghost messages" had been despatched from and acquired by each iPhones and Android units, and appeared to have concerned all main carriers within the United States, in accordance with The Verge.

"On Feb. 14, 2019 a server failed, and P2P [person-to-person] text messages were in queue at the time", the statement said. One person complained to Sprint's Twitter account that her phone had sent a text to her boss in the middle of the night. On Wednesday, people all over America received Valentine's Day texts and other messages from old flames, dead loved ones, and more. "The last few months haven't been easy and just when I thought I was getting some type of closure this just ripped open a new hole". But the woman, now his ex, did not get the message until Thursday. Her sister and her sister's husband didn't answer. Right now, it doesn't look to be the work of any hacker or security vulnerability-but rather an issue surrounding Syniverse's servers.

"Thankfully she was kind about it", Johnson said.

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A representative for Sprint confirmed that the carrier was affected by the glitch, saying it occurred will maintenance on its messaging platform was being conducted. "We apologize for any confusion this may have caused", the rep said.

The carrier says the issue was resolved "not long after it occurred".

T-Mobile claimed that the incident was caused by a third-party vendor issue and had been resolved.

It also told The Washington Post that "maintenance caused the 168,149 previously undelivered text messages to be sent". Syniverse is reviewing their procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again.

AT&T, CNN's parent company, did not respond to a request for comment by the network.

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