A small iPhone bug

The following “garbage” bug happens once every 20 alerts or so from AT&T after I hang up on a phone call (the bug could totally be AT&T’s of course, but I smell it’s the iPhone’s). It happens both with firmware 2.x and 3.x. I don’t remember it happening with firmware 1.x. English, French and Greek are enabled in the keyboard layouts — if that helps.


Shawn wrote on June 19th, 2009 at 11:06 PM PST:

Looks like a corrupted version of:

[Links removed because no HTML was used as this forum requests]

It looks to be ATT’s fault…

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Eugenia wrote on June 19th, 2009 at 11:12 PM PST:

No, this is not the same thing as what your links suggested. This is a character display problem, not a calculating bug of a price.

memson wrote on June 20th, 2009 at 8:59 AM PST:

I have had 2.x (whatever came with my iPhone 3G and 2.1, 2.2 and 2.21) and as a developer, have had 3.0 beta 4 and beta 5 as well as 3.0GM on my iPhone. I have never seen this issue (I have the UK, Swedish and Emoji keyboards enabled.) Either this is a 2G specific error, or it is an ATT error (I’m on O2 in the UK, so can’t comment.)

O2 don’t send alerts though – they send text messages to tell users @stuff@, so maybe it is a bug in whatever mechanism ATT is using to send you information?

Shawn wrote on June 20th, 2009 at 2:56 PM PST:

My point was that the messages aren’t likely supposed to be sent at all.

That was why I was pointing out the links.

Also, the corruption looks typical of bad data sent by the server. You are correct that it could be a message display problem, but usually garbage in, garbage out is the correct answer.

Given ATT’s track record, and my own personal experience with their “service”, I tend to believe they’re just sending bad data to your phone.

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Eugenia wrote on June 20th, 2009 at 3:48 PM PST:

It’s of course possible that the bug is AT&T’s. It’s just a funny bug one way or another. 😀

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