The tens of thousands of delayed text messages company, sent early Thursday morning, said more messages were delayed than initially thought. Syniverse, the wine company, initially stated that 168 144 messages were delayed. He now says that the number is based on "preliminary data" and that a further review indicates that the general message "is higher than originally reported."
Syniverse did not indicate how large the number could be or whether will release final numbers after figuring out the total. It is worth remembering that the total number of people affected is at least twice the number of delayed messages: there is the sender whose message was received months later at odd hours at night, and the recipient who received the strange and sometimes disturbing late-night message.
The problem has already been resolved and no longer delayed messages are being sent, according to Syniverse. "We apologize to everyone who was affected by this event," says William Hurley, Syniverse's marketing and product manager. Hurley says the company is reviewing its processes to "ensure that this does not happen again."
All delayed messages were sent due to a server problem, Syniverse said. One day, the server crashed on Valentine's Day 201
Delayed messages led to widespread confusion. In the US, text messages were delivered largely in the middle of the night, and since there was no indication that they were delayed, recipients usually did not understand what they were reading. In other cases the reception went beyond confusion: people received text messages from exes; in several cases, messages have been received from people who died after being sent.
Mobile carriers rely on a number of third-party companies, such as Syniverse, to direct text messages that are sent between networks. This is why people from all major carriers and even smaller carriers have experienced the problem – if their carrier relied on Syniverse, or if the carrier of the person they were messaging with relied on Syniverse, their message would go through its network and could last Valentine's Day.