According to a post from 92 Moose, an FM radio station in ME, U.S. Cellular confirmed that the ghost texts are the result of a glitch in telecommunications infrastructure, specifically to the "cross carrier messaging system", which is a joint venture that the four major phone carriers committed to in late October.
A glitch caused previously undelivered text messages - specifically from Valentine's Day, eeek - to finally be delivered Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
"I haven't stopped thinking about that message since I got it", Coll mentioned. These people never received the text messages in the first place; the people who sent the messages had no idea that they had never been received, and they did nothing to attempt to resend them overnight.
Now, while this may seem amusing to some, creepy to others-legally, this is extremely problematic because SMS text messages SHOULD NOT be stored for that long let alone the ability for them to be transmitted (re-transmitted) at any time.
Coll said her sister also received a delayed message that she had sent about planning to visit to see their mother. While those were rather mild cases, the conversation quickly got confusing, and I don't want to imagine receiving a message from or about a deceased friend or family member, which did happen to some.
"It was a punch in the gut".
Many who were affected by the error say they are now anxious about the safety and security of their text messages. "I'm out looking at the ocean right now because I needed a break".
Another user described an apparent missed connection from a woman who said she would go out with him. A Sprint spokesperson said a "maintenance update" last night caused the error.
In a statement sent to The Associated Press by Verizon, Syniverse said it is reviewing internal procedures so this doesn't happen again. Syniverse didn't immediately respond to a request for more details.