Thousands of people were left in confusion after receiving waves of mysterious text messages dating back several months ago.
Were you one of the thousands who got a "ghost" text message?
The "Ghost Messages" were sent to both iPhone and Android users this week, and were reportedly widespread among all major mobile phone operators. In total, about 1
According to The Verge, many of these messages were originally sent on or around Valentine's Day 2019, but were never received at that time. That was allegedly the fault of a third-party vendor.
Syniverse, which provides network services, later blamed the messages for being delayed, mistaking a single server for failing on February 14, and catching messages waiting to be sent; The server was then brought back online Thursday, November 7, and the messages were sent out.
Many of the "ghost messages" that appeared were sent around Valentine's Day earlier this year.
"Last night, there was a maintenance update for parts of the messaging platforms for several carriers in the United States, including Sprint, which resulted in some customers getting older text messages sent to their devices," a Sprint spokesman said in a statement. "The problem was not solved long after it happened."
News about the back-dated messages led to mass confusion and social media discussions by people who received messages from ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, dead family members or former co-workers.
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