Thousands of Valentine’s Day texts mysteriously arrive months later

Andrew Cummings
November 9, 2019

Did you wake up to a resurrected Valentine's Day text message on your phone?

Numerous texts appeared to have originally been sent on February 14, Valentine's Day. She called every member of her family in a panic, and she didn't know about the text message delay until three hours later.

Syniverse addressed those concerns in their statement, writing, "for all P2P text messages, the content of the message is deleted, and only the metadata for the message is stored for 45 days".

"It was a punch in the gut".

Coll said her sister also received a delayed message that she had sent about planning to visit to see their mother. "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".

"I haven't stopped thinking about that message since I got it", Coll mentioned. Her sister and her sister's husband didn't answer.

It doesn't help that many of these messages are going to be Valentine's focused, and I'd be surprised if some potential relationships hadn't been derailed because a message of love never garnered a response. "I'm out looking at the ocean right now because I needed a break". Some said they received text messages from ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends that led to awkward conversations.

"It didn't feel great", she said. Gomez, 22, said it was "confusion, then awkward, and then amusing".

According to a Sprint spokesperson, the issue was caused due to a "maintenance update" and was resolved soon after it occurred. And how did a maintenance update causing an "issue" suddenly trigger them to be delivered? I can only imagine the upset and confusion caused when those messages popped up.

"We're aware of this and it is resolved", a spokesperson said.

Verizon referred CNN Enterprise to Syniverse.

"We apologize to anyone who was impacted by this occurrence", William Hurley, Syniverse's chief marketing and product officer, said in a statement. Syniverse is reviewing their procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again.

It's a problem that affected almost all major service providers, according to its website, Syniverse is responsible for sending more than 600 billion texts every month.

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