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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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?
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.
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..
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.
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.