Yesterday night, many people woke up to unusual text messages from friends, family, ex-partners, and even deceased ones originally sent on February 14, 2019 that never reached them before. As a result, thousands of Valentine's Day messages that were never delivered came through in Thursday's early hours - leading to some awkward and sometimes frustrating encounters.
If you woke up to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren't alone.
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. They were sent from and received by Android as well as iPhone users across all the major carriers in the United States. Numerous complaints involve T-Mobile or Sprint, although AT&T and Verizon have been mentioned as well. Regional carriers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Google Voice users also experienced the surprise very late messages. Others suspected that someone hacked or spoofed their phone numbers and sent messages to other people on their behalf.
At fault seems to be a system that multiple cell carriers use for messaging.
A Sprint spokesperson said a "maintenance update" caused the glitch. "The issue was resolved not long after it occurred", the spokesperson said. A mysterious wave of missives swept America's phones overnight, delivering confusing messages from friends, family and the occasional ex.
T-Mobile and Sprint both said the issue has been fixed, so you shouldn't have to worry about more of these mystery texts. It didn't clarify what company that was or what service they provided.
And if you want a feel for just how spooky things got...
"It was a punch in the gut". 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. "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".
Stephanie Bovee, a 28-year-old from Portland, Oregon, woke up at 5 a.m.to a text from her sister that said just "omg". "I'm out looking at the ocean right now because I needed a break".