A third-party vendor glitch was responsible for a rash of mysterious phone text messages reported by social media users, T-Mobile U.S. Inc. said on Thursday.
“This is not a T-Mobile issue, it’s a third party vendor issue that also affected other networks," the company said in an emailed response to Bloomberg. “We’re aware of this and it is resolved."
Social media users reported getting phone text messages from friends, family and co-workers that their apparent senders said they did not send. Thousands of Reddit users discussed details of the awkward exchanges.
“My boss yelled at me for texting him at 4am but I didn’t," one user wrote. Many of the messages appear to have been sent originally around Valentine’s Day.
The glitch appeared to have affected users on other mobile networks as well. Verizon Communications Inc. told its subscribers it would look into the issue, advising them to get in touch if they were affected.
One phone user quipped that the delayed or unintended texts may even be evidence of a rip in space-time and that “messages from other similar universes in the multiverse are leaking through."
Verizon didn’t immediately respond to emailed requests for more information.