People received text messages overnight originally sent on Valentine’s Day

Got a weird text message overnight? Here's why

Got a weird text message overnight? Here's why

The out-of-context messages - especially for people who were in a relationship with their exes at the time - have led to some amusing but awkward situations.

Sprint confirmed to ABC15 Thursday morning that a "maintenance update occurred to part of the messaging platforms of multiple carriers in the US, including Sprint, which caused some customers to have older text messages resent to their devices". A spokesperson said T-Mobile was aware of the issue and it has since been resolved.

People were definitely confused by all the delayed texts. Some said they received text messages from ex-boyfriends and ex-girlfriends that led to awkward conversations.

In a glitch affecting major cell carriers, dozens of people reported receiving outdated messages from acquaintances, friends, exes, and loved ones wishing them a happy Valentine's Day which appear to have been sent but not delivered in February.

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It was alarming for one person when she received a text that said "need help" in the middle of the night. But it's unclear why most of the messages seem to have been from Valentine's Day.

In a statement, Sprint apologized for all the confusion, according to CNET. Sprint, meanwhile, pinned the issue on a "maintenance update". T-Mobile told Engadget this was a "third party vendor issue that also affected other networks", while US Cellular told 92 Moose that a flawed update to the "cross carrier messaging system" was to blame.

Chacour Koop is a Real-Time reporter based in Kansas City.

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