Thousands of mysterious Valentine’s Day texts were sent to people’s phones overnight on Thursday, November 7, 2019.
Smartphone users woke up on Thursday to the unexplained texts that appeared to be sent from relatives, coworkers, and exes.
So many people had mentioned the strange 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.
Turns out, the wave of texts were actually sent in February but not delivered until November 7, 2019.
The cause of the delayed texts was eventually traced back to Syniverse, a third party vendor fo major U.S. carriers such as Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T .
“During an internal maintenance cycle last night, 168,149 previously undelivered text messages were inadvertently sent to multiple mobile operators’ subscribers,” Syniverse said of the text messaging event.
“We apologize to anyone who was impacted by this occurrence,” said William Hurley, Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Syniverse.
“While the issue has been resolved, we are in the process of reviewing our internal procedures to ensure this does not happen again, and actively working with our customers’ teams to answer any questions they have.”
Y’all… my damn phone apparently delivered a text to my ex at 5am this morning that was supposed to be sent in FEBRUARY. The universe wants me to fail
— jamie ✨ (@PBandJamiee) November 7, 2019
Imagine if you decided to shoot your shot on Valentine’s Day and spent the last 9 months thinking your. crush never responded?!?!
A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day https://t.co/lVaEVw9Cnx
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) November 8, 2019