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".
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.
Marissa Figueroa, 25, said she was shocked to receive a message from a former boyfriend until she realised the extent of the network misfire. Her sister and her sister's husband did not answer.
"I haven't stopped thinking about that message since I got it", Coll mentioned. Right now, it doesn't look to be the work of any hacker or security vulnerability-but rather an issue surrounding Syniverse's servers.
The result was "a lot of confusion", said Jamie, adding that "it was actually kinda nice that it opened up a short conversation".
The hiccup appears to be the result of a common carrier infrastructure glitch.
The cause of the delayed texts was eventually traced back to Syniverse, a third party vendor fo major US carriers such as Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T. A Sprint spokesperson confirmed the "issue was resolved" quickly and T-Mobile confirmed the same issue and quick resolution. "We're aware of this and it is resolved", a T-Mobile spokesperson said.
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.
In a statement sent to The Associated Press by Verizon, Syniverse said it is reviewing internal procedures so this doesn't happen again.