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phone receiving & sending weird texts?

about two weeks ago i was having a conversation with someone and i received a bunch of chinese characters in a text. she said she didn't send them and sent me a screenshot to prove so. 

 

i forgot about it, but today while texting someone they asked me why i sent them a bunch of chinese characters but i didn't. she sent me a screenshot and it was pretty much the same thing. 

 

what is this? is it a virus?

 

i have an iphone 5, if that helps.

 

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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

Hello lindsaym,

 

It isn't something that I have heard of before.  Are you sending the messages using iMessage or a 3rd party texting app? Has anyone else experienced an issue like this?

 

Thanks,

 

RogersAndrewNP

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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

Yesterday I was having a conversation with my boyfriend by text and he received Chinese characters too, sent from my iphone.  It was creepy and weird.  He has a galaxy and I have an iphone 4.

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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

Hello Etosha


If you go on the Apple Community forums, u will see many threads on this. It seems that even Americans are getting weird Chinese letters and symbols in text messages. I would just ignore it and continue the conversation with your boyfriend.
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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

My Mom and I are.both on Rogers.. she has a s6 and I have a s7.. we both get these reply messages - usually 2 back to back - after sending each other a text.. doesn't happen all of the time... but is very weird.. here is the text..


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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

Hi @Wildoat3,

 

Are these official Rogers phones or are they non-Rogers unlocked devices?

 

RogersCorey

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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

I don't know the technical details but basically some emoticons/emojii are being misinterpreted somewhere along the line.  Whether it's cross carrier text messages, cross platform text messages, iMessages vs. SMS, etc., I am not sure but you will find that text/iMsgs sent without emoticons/emojii will never have these wierd characters.

 

You can probably google it to get more details; but possibly it's due to one platform adding new emoticons that the other platform (or older OS) does not have.

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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

My phone has done it a few times as well.. so far 2-3 times in last few months when texting a contact (most recently a minute ago). I send a text and almost instantly receive this Chinese character text back (same one listed on comment above posted recently). So far it's been the same contact each time. I have an official Rogers phone, Samsung S4. Believe this contact also has Samsung S4/5. We both live in Ottawa. Why would it happen like that? (Not sure I get the emoticon explanation as it appears to be an auto reply..that the person it's "from" didn't actually send) ?
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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

I'm going to reverse course on my earlier reply.  While it's definitely an encoding issue, it was thought to have been isolated to AT&T users, but since we are on the Rogers boards, it's obviously not so.

 

Here is a great explanation, for those inclined to want to know exactly what the issue is.  Credit goes to the poster on that site.

 

http://poetryproseandpoppycock.blogspot.ca/2016/10/solved-mark-and-mystery-of-overly.html

 

Klotar
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Re: phone receiving & sending weird texts?

I wonder why this is happening? I'd love to hear what the internal Rogers IT department has to say about this! I just got this message on my phone when sending a lengthy text to my partner. Autoreplies about how a message was received is normal when sending a long text including emojis (MMS read receipt). This is an encoding issue. Happens when sending from Android to an iOS device in my case. My guess is a Unicode 9 emoji update gone wrong!