People all over the country have been left confused, stunned, and even devastated today when they received texts overnight that were originally sent last Valentine’s Day. According to Business Insider, this was the result of a maintenance update from a third-party vendor that affected multiple major cell phone service companies, including Sprint and T-Mobile.
“The update caused some users to have old messages re-sent to their devices, and the problem was resolved shortly after it occurred,” writes Lisa Eadicicco. “T-Mobile also said that the issue was the result of a ‘third-party vendor issue’ that affected multiple networks, adding that the problem has been resolved.”
The issue has affected people on both iOS and Android phones. It’s not the first time something like this has happened, but this is one of the first incidents that have been so widespread that it caused a significant stir on Twitter.
This is wild.Anybody else get these weird texts last night? https://t.co/vutZSQfjUv— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) November 7, 2019
For some, this glitch was more than just a weird mystery to solve in the morning. Some individuals who had lost loved ones since last February were shocked to find seemingly new texts from said deceased loved ones, which was not a fun way to begin their Thursday.
According to The Verge, Barbara Coll of California says she received a text from her sister saying that their mother was doing well. The thing is, their mother has been dead since June. Needless to say, this was jarring for Coll.
a text message I sent maybe in February about Valentine’s Day was sent to my ex at 1:56am last night???... there are no words for this situation LOL pic.twitter.com/US6Kiaf1AB— shoonk (@radgamer666) November 7, 2019
“I haven’t stopped thinking about that message since I got it,” she said. “I’m out looking at the ocean right now because I needed a break.”
One Twitter user by the name of KuribHoe (nice) said getting a text message from her late best friend opened old wounds.
“It was a punch in the gut. Honestly, I thought I was dreaming and for a second I thought she was still here,” she admitted. “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 just got a text from my bestfriends phone only issue is she’s been dead since February— KuribHoe (@FU_GaryOak) November 7, 2019
It’s not yet clear why so many of the messages seem to have originated on Valentine’s Day, but the issue does appear to have been resolved and is probably not the result of ghosts.