I know this blog post is a bit weird, but I reckon I'd share this: For some reason that is quite unknown to me, my cellphones have a habit of developing strange behaviors. I used to use a Nokia N73, which developed the following habit:
When in foreign time zones (Japan, Norway, USA) the phone would send more-or-less random old text messages to more-or-less random people from my address book. There would be a merry mix & match between the two, leading to more than one amusing misunderstanding that needed clearing up.
Then, at some point last fall, I switched to the silly shiny Apple telephony device (perhaps people do better QA on their backdoors on that platform). For a few months, the problems went away.
This changed last week -- now, when I send text messages to certain numbers, the phone seems to send a more-or-less random old text messages that has already been sent to the same number along with the message. This is a bit nicer (as it will not mix & match), but still annoying.
So .. uhm ... I am trying to come up with plausible explanations for this behavior. Can anyone offer one ? My total-guess-in-the-dark ideas would be:
- Current behavior is caused by international text message routing weirdness -- e.g. text messages I sent a few days ago in the US get duplicated for some reason and re-sent
- Both current and N73 behavior is triggered by shoddy QA on lawful intercept systems
- Both current and N73 behavior is triggered by shoddy QA on the side of the parties that backdoor my phones
- If you backdoor my phone, fix your software. Kthx.
- If you write LI software, fix your software. Kthx.
- If there are multiple people backdooring my phone, please test for interoperability between your tools.