Cell phone users receive old Valentine's Day texts from exes and dead loved ones after glitch


Cell phone users receive old Valentine’s Day texts from exes and dead loved ones after glitch hits major carriers

  • A glitch affecting major cell carriers send dozens of people confusing texts
  • The messages were dated to Valentine’s Day 2019 but received Thursday 
  • Twitter users report receiving texts from exes, deceased loved ones, and more
  • A third-party messaging vendor may be to blame for the glitch 

In a glitch affecting major cell carriers, dozens of people reported receiving outdated messages from acquaintances, friends, exes, and loved ones wishing them a happy Valentine’s Day which appear to have been sent but not delivered in February.

As reported by The Verge, carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint have all been involved in the reports. 

Users on Twitter who have reported receiving the belated texts, say the fall out of the technical glitch has ranged in severity.   

Several users say they received texts from deceased loved ones, including late husbands and friends. 

In other cases, the hiccup appears to have created awkwardness, with people receiving texts from estranged exes. 

‘[My ex and I]’ haven’t spoken in months. The text I received said that he couldn’t wait to see me tonight. I jumped to conclusions and thought he was texting someone else and send it to me as an “accident” trying to make me jealous. Which didn’t work,’ said one Twitter user who goes by the handle @imlaurax.

‘I sent a long text back saying it was immature and then saw it was happening to everyone and felt bad.’

On the bright side, she said that the mix up may have opened the door to a more amicable relationship in the future.   

According to representatives from Verizon who answered MailOnline in an email, a third-party vendor called Syniverse, which facilities network infrastructure for many major carriers, may be responsible for the glitch.

T-Mobile has also corroborated that the issue is the result of a ‘third-party vendor.’ MailOnline reached out to Syniverse for further clarification.   

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.

A representative Verizon suggest to MailOnline that the problem originates with a third-party vendor that facilities wireless infrastructure

A representative Verizon suggest to MailOnline that the problem originates with a third-party vendor that facilities wireless infrastructure

‘Last evening, a maintenance update occurred to part of the messaging platforms of multiple carriers in the U.S., including Sprint, which caused some customers to have older text messages sent to their devices,’ said a Sprint representative.

‘The issue was resolved not long after it occurred. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.’

It’s unclear how many people were affected in total, but a thread on Reddit discussing the glitch now has nearly 1,000 comments, many of which are users reporting their reaction to receiving the messages. 



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