REPORT: Glitch sends thousands of outdated, mysterious texts

NOVEMBER 8, 2019

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Across the country, hundreds of people this week began reporting that they were receiving months-old text messages in a bizarre tech-twist.

Some reported receiving texts from exes, friends, coworkers and others that were sent earlier this year around Valentine’s Day, the Washington Post reported.

The article goes on to state the following:

The culprit appears to have been third-party text platform Syniverse, who said regular maintenance from its IT staff caused approximately 168,149 undelivered text messages to accidentally be sent this week. The mix-up appears to have affected phones with a number of different operating systems as well as a range of mobile carriers, including Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon.

The report states that the old texts are stirring up a wide range of emotions. Some are just random messages, such as an employee reporting they will be out sick for the day. Others are from now-deceased loved ones.

One woman, a college student in Arizona, said she received a text from her father, who died in March, asking, “How is your day going?”

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