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Old 12-03-2009, 10:23 PM
 
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For as long as I've had a cell phone with texting capablities, I've had some weird thngs happen with incoming messages. Every so often, I'll get the same message from someone 2,3,4 or more times in a row one right after the other. It doesn't happen very often but it does happen.
Also, I've had messages come in then like a week later the same thing will come in again. For example, I JUST got a repeat text my coworker sent wishing me a happy thanksgiving. I got the same message back during thanksgiving day.
Does anyone know what causes that? Does it charge you if you don't have unlimited messaging? Does this even happen to anyone else? Right now I'm on an iPhone with AT&T but I used to have a Motorola Razr on Sprint and it did the same thing too.
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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there was a well publicized situation where Sprint and Verizon didn't talk to each other correctly for text mssgs back in April, I guess stuff like that happens occasionally
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:25 AM
 
Location: washington state
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what does sprint and verizon talking to each other have to do with it?
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:13 AM
 
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I have had that happen too with AT&T and messages sent from other AT&T users...... It still happens in spurts, then don't happen again for awhile.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:07 AM
 
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I've only had my iPhone 4 for a few weeks, and it's very disturbing when people I regularly text receive random, past text messages that I had sent hours or days ago! They call asking what I meant, and I haven't a clue what they're talking about. It's causing many problems! Can someone tell me what I can do to prevent this??
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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This is a technical issue that happens more often when sending/receiving text messages to/from other carriers. Best suggestion is to call your carrier's technical support line for troubleshooting. Make sure you call from a different phone other than your cell phone for troubleshooting.

From my experience as a former CS rep for At&t, the system awaits a confirmation that a message has been delivered and will keep attempting to resend the message for a specified time period until it gets that confirmation.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:28 PM
 
Location: 92037
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^^ This is exactly the reason. Basically when a user sends a message in remains in a 'hold' pattern of sorts then delivers the message to the recipient.
Sometimes during heavy congestion and traffic periods or perhaps one base station serving a large area, there can be this delay.

If you can think of a ferris wheel with all red cars and your message being in the only non red car. When it comes time to unload off the car, the message doesnt, the message missed the exit because there are too many messages standing on the platform at your exit.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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This question has always intrigued me. Now I know the answer!
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