"Yes, I'd love to go out for Valentine's Day", Twitter user Daniel Andelin got from a woman he'd asked out nine months ago.
Syniverse also gave more details on the cause, explaining text messages that can not be delivered immediately are temporarily stored - between 24 to 72 hours - while several delivery attempts are made.
The text messages appear to have originally been sent on February 14, Valentine's Day, but were received more than eight months later with Wednesday's time stamp. HuffPost journalist Zeba Blay got a text message from her mother on Thursday morning that read "Can you open door", even though her mom was nowhere near her.
Phone companies blamed each other as people complained of confusing fragments of conversation or unwelcome contact from ex-lovers or deceased relatives. Sprint, meanwhile, pinned the issue on a "maintenance update".
Marissa Figueroa, 25, says she received an unwanted message from her ex, whom she no longer talks to. "We apologize for any confusion this may have caused", the rep said.
T-Mobile also said the issue was the result of a "third-party vendor issue" that affected multiple networks, adding that the problem had been resolved. It didn't clarify what company that was or what service they provided.
T-Mobile and Sprint both said the issue has been fixed, so you shouldn't have to worry about more of these mystery texts.
When it comes to holding tech giants, social media platforms, and data processors accountable for its behavior, it can't just be an "after-the-fact" scenario-if you aren't doing what you're supposed to during your business operation, especially when you're in a position of holding extremely sensitive and personal information, then you either shouldn't have it, and/or be penalized harshly for the consequences of failing to properly maintain those systems.
"It was a punch in the gut".
One other particular person mentioned a textual content message she fired off in February was acquired by somebody who's now her ex-boyfriend, in accordance with The Verge.