One thing unusual is occurring with textual content messages within the US proper now. In a single day, a mess of individuals acquired textual content messages that seem to have initially been despatched on or round Valentine’s Day 2019. These folks by no means acquired the textual content messages within the first place; the individuals who despatched the messages had no concept that that they had by no means been acquired, they usually did nothing to try to resend them in a single day.
It’s unclear proper now what the issue is. Delayed messages appear to have been despatched from and acquired by each iPhones and Android telephones, and the messages appear to have been despatched and acquired throughout all main carriers within the US. Lots of the complaints contain T-Cellular or Dash, though AT&T and Verizon have been talked about as properly. Folks utilizing regional carriers, carriers in Canada, and even Google Voice additionally appear to have skilled delays. Determining which (if any) service is at fault is difficult as a result of it’s not clear whether or not the sending or receiving service is chargeable for the error.
Dozens of individuals have tweeted about receiving messages in a single day. Most expressed confusion or spoke to the awkwardness of the state of affairs, having been informed by pals that they despatched a mysterious early-morning textual content message. A number of spoke to rather more distressing repercussions of this error: one individual stated they acquired a message from an ex-boyfriend who had died; one other acquired messages from a greatest buddy who’s now useless.
“It was a punch within the intestine. Actually I assumed I used to be dreaming and for a second I assumed she was nonetheless right here,” stated one individual, who goes by KuribHoe on Twitter, who acquired the message from their greatest buddy who had died. “The previous couple of months haven’t been straightforward and simply after I thought I used to be getting some sort of closure this simply ripped open a brand new gap.”
One other individual stated a textual content message that she in February was acquired at 5AM by somebody who’s now her ex-boyfriend. The outcome was “loads of confusion,” stated Jamie. However she stated that “it was really kinda good that it opened up a brief dialog.”
In a tweet, a Dash customer support rep stated “the message problem was recognized and resolved” in response to a subscriber’s criticism. However extra data hasn’t been offered.
The Verge has reached out to T-Cellular, Dash, Verizon, and AT&T for remark.