People puzzled by peculiar texts, and no one can say why

Spooky mysterious texts appear on U.S. smartphones

Yesterday night, many people woke up to odd text messages from friends, family, ex-partners, and even deceased ones originally sent on February 14, 2019 that never reached them before. Others said the messages came from relatives or friends who had since passed away.

"Last evening, a maintenance update occurred to part of the messaging platforms of multiple carriers in the U.S., including Sprint, which caused some customers to have older text messages sent to their devices", a Sprint spokesperson told CNN Business. Others suspected that someone hacked or spoofed their phone numbers and sent messages to other people on their behalf.

Stephanie Bovee, a 28-year-old from Portland, Oregon, woke up at 5am to a text from her sister that said just "omg". She immediately thought something had happened to her newborn nephew at the hospital. She called every member of her family in a panic, and she didn't know about the text message delay until three hours later. He received a message from her as well. She then woke up her mother.

On the bright side, she said that the mix up may have opened the door to a more amicable relationship in the future. "But out of context, it was not cool".

In a glitch affecting major cell carriers, dozens of people reported receiving outdated messages from acquaintances, friends, exes, and loved ones wishing them a happy Valentine's Day which appear to have been sent but not delivered in February.

Gergs also said Valentine's Day messages were likely affected because the amount of texts sent on that day is "abnormally high".

A Sprint spokesperson said it resulted from a "maintenance update" for messaging platforms at multiple US carriers and would not explain further.

T-Mobile blamed the error on a "third party vendor".

"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". Neither actually sent them recently, both said. "It just was not good for me and my mental health to be in contact with him".

It took a half hour of back-and-forth texting and help from a screenshot to clear up the situation. No mixed messages there.

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