Others mentioned messages got here from pals or relations who had since shuffled off this mortal coil.
A company called Syniverse, which provides text message platforms for three of the major US carriers (AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile), issued a new statement Friday afternoon that further explains the kerfuffle.
Syniverse addressed those concerns in their statement, writing, "for all P2P text messages, the content of the message is deleted, and only the metadata for the message is stored for 45 days".
T-Mobile said it wasn't an internal issue but rather a problem stemming from a third-party vendor that also affected its networks. Since none of the carriers have shared any details, it isn't clear exactly why the text messages were delayed for so long.
Billions of text messages are sent and received across the USA every day, but November 6 was unusual because some of the text messages received were originally sent on Valentine's Day back in February. A mysterious wave of missives swept phones in Canada and the US overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex. That usually wouldn't seem out of the ordinary, but there were two reasons it struck me as odd: The message was sent around 4 a.m., and my friend had no recollection of sending it, because she originally sent it on Valentine's Day. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused'.
"It was a punch in the gut".
"We're aware of this and it is resolved", a spokesperson said. When that server was reactivated Thursday, those messages got sent. Some said they received text messages from ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends that led to awkward conversations. "I'm out looking at the ocean right now because I needed a break".
On the bright side, she said that the mix up may have opened the door to a more amicable relationship in the future.
Verizon referred CNN Business to Syniverse.
Initially, Syniverse said "168,149 previously undelivered text messages were inadvertently sent to multiple mobile operators' subscribers", citing "an internal maintenance cycle" as the cause. Syniverse is reviewing their procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again.