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Android Bug Sending SMS Out To ‘Wrong Or Seemingly Random Contacts’

Android users are reporting a bug in Google’s Android mobile OS that causing SMS messages intermittently going out to contacts other than the one chosen, or even to an entirely random contact.

To make matters worse, Android developer’s forum indicates that Google has been aware of the bug since late Jun’10 – and for some reason rated as medium priority. Developer d…@rx7.co.nz gives a summary of the problem:

– Send SMS message to RecipientA.
– Message appears to be successfully sent to RecipientA.
– RecipientX receives message.
– ‘View Message Details’ in RecipientA thread, shows ‘To’ field as being RecipientX’s MSISDN (phone number).

Android SMS bug

The glitch appears to be impacting at least devices running Android 2.1 (Eclair) and 2.2 (Froyo), with some users claiming the bug still exists in the recently-released Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Model of phone doesn’t appear to make a difference and there appears to be no reliable workaround at this point.

Where the SMS message ends up also appears to be a game of Russian Roulette. Some users are also reporting that although SMS messages are being sent to the correct recipient, they’re appearing in the wrong thread in the phone’s messaging app.

The severity of the problem is leading some to abandon their Android phones completely until Google issues a fix.

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