Thousands of Valentine’s Day texts arrived late, causing heartbreak

Thousands of Valentine’s Day texts arrived late, causing heartbreak

Syniverse also gave more details on the cause, explaining text messages that can not be delivered immediately are temporarily stored - between 24 to 72 hours - while several delivery attempts are made.

Sprint confirmed to ABC15 Thursday morning that a "maintenance update occurred to part of the messaging platforms of multiple carriers in the USA, including Sprint, which caused some customers to have older text messages resent to their devices".

So many people had mentioned the odd texts on social media by mid-day on Thursday that it became apparent that some systemic glitch had sent the texts to users across the U.S. Syniverse typically deletes messages that don't go through. Three long hours later, she realized that she was just one of the many people to receive outdated text messages.

To make the saga even stranger, numerous messages seemed to have been originally sent on a single day - February 14, 2019.

"On Feb. 14, 2019 a server failed, and P2P [person-to-person] text messages were in queue at the time", the statement said.

That's the nightmare some people woke up to this week in the United States after a cellphone server issue left almost 170,000 messages from Valentine's Day hanging in cyberspace until now. A Sprint spokesperson confirmed the "issue was resolved" quickly and T-Mobile confirmed the same issue and quick resolution.

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"It was a punch in the gut. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused", the rep said. "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".

"Now it's amusing", she told the Associated Press.

Another person said a text message she fired off in February was received by someone who is now her ex-boyfriend, according to The Verge. "We're aware of this and it is resolved", a T-Mobile spokesperson said.

"I haven't stopped thinking about that message since I got it", Coll said. Her sister and her sister's husband didn't answer. "I'm out looking at the ocean right now because I needed a break".

Verizon referred CNN Enterprise to Syniverse.

It also told The Washington Post that "maintenance caused the 168,149 previously undelivered text messages to be sent". Syniverse didn't immediately respond to a request for more details.

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