Awkward! Your Mushy Valentine’s Day Texts May Have Just Been Delivered Last Night

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We are still waiting for proper acknowledgement and an explanation from all of the major wireless carriers, but it appears there was a snafu with text message delivery that affected them all last night. Social media is aflame with reports of text messages being delivered overnight, which were originally sent on (or around) Valentine’s Day. Though there are some reports that messages over two years old were sent as well.

The text messages appeared to have been received by the carriers when originally sent, or at least delivered to the wireless carriers’ servers, without alerting the senders to any errors. But those messages were either never properly delivered or duplicates were sent out to the intended recipients.

There are numerous reports from users on all social media platforms regarding the texts, many of which spurred some awkward moments. A Twitter user named Laura (that goes by the handle @imlaurax) wrote, “Lmaoo awkward. I got a text from my ex about how he can’t wait to see me tonight and I went off thinking he was trying to make me think it was meant to be to someone else. He got a text from me too. Valentine’s day of all days.”

Many of the reports are lighthearted acknowledgements, but in situations where an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend was involved, it’s not hard to envision some uneasiness.

It seems that an employee from a Maine radio station (92 Moose) may have solved the mystery. Contacting U.S. Cellular revealed that maintenance was performed on the Cross-Carrier Messaging System, and that it was likely responsible for the glitch.

Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile began a joint venture recently called the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI). According to the announcement, the CCMI is “working to develop and deploy a standards-based, interoperable messaging service starting with Android and expected in 2020.” Work on that system was most likely responsible for the texts.

If you were one of the unlucky ones to be forced into an awkward situation this morning, now you know who to blame.

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We are still waiting for proper acknowledgement and an explanation from all of the major wireless carriers, but it appears there was a snafu with text message delivery that affected them all last night. Social media is aflame with reports of text messages being delivered overnight, which were originally sent on (or around) Valentine’s Day. Though there are some reports that messages over two years old were sent as well.

The text messages appeared to have been received by the carriers when originally sent, or at least delivered to the wireless carriers’ servers, without alerting the senders to any errors. But those messages were either never properly delivered or duplicates were sent out to the intended recipients.

There are numerous reports from users on all social media platforms regarding the texts, many of which spurred some awkward moments. A Twitter user named Laura (that goes by the handle @imlaurax) wrote, “Lmaoo awkward. I got a text from my ex about how he can’t wait to see me tonight and I went off thinking he was trying to make me think it was meant to be to someone else. He got a text from me too. Valentine’s day of all days.”

Many of the reports are lighthearted acknowledgements, but in situations where an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend was involved, it’s not hard to envision some uneasiness.

It seems that an employee from a Maine radio station (92 Moose) may have solved the mystery. Contacting U.S. Cellular revealed that maintenance was performed on the Cross-Carrier Messaging System, and that it was likely responsible for the glitch.

Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile began a joint venture recently called the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI). According to the announcement, the CCMI is “working to develop and deploy a standards-based, interoperable messaging service starting with Android and expected in 2020.” Work on that system was most likely responsible for the texts.

If you were one of the unlucky ones to be forced into an awkward situation this morning, now you know who to blame.

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