Siri tries to send messages over BT, to _$!<mobile>!$_

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by bigboy29, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. bigboy29 macrumors member

    May 19, 2016
    Any ideas?

    Ever since iOS 10, I have really random problem. When in the car, if I tell Siri over BT to send a message to (firstname, lastname), she asks me "What would you like to say". Then I say my message and she asks me if I am ready to send. I say yes. She says she is sending it. I then immediately get a message that the message failed to send. When I look, it seems like she tried to send a message to "_$!<mobile>!$_" as a text (SMS):


    The (firstname, lastname) is a person in my contacts. She correctly identified the person. The person has cell phone number populated. And in fact - also uses an iPhone.

    My messages shows this:


    The 'contact' she tries to send to is:


    This happens ONLY on Bluetooth. It does not seem to happen 100% of the time, though; I am pretty sure I sent to the same person over BT a few days ago.

    - backed up the phone completely using PC; nuked it completely, restored backup
    - removed the Contact sync from all email accounts, re-enabled contact sync
    - verified that there is nothing strange in the contact "mobile' fields...

    At a loss. :|
  2. zackattack784 macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2014
    I've had the exact same issue. Haven't found a way to fix it. But I'm interested what others have to say. I've experienced on BT and off. But the time I experienced it off BT I had just disconnected from my car BT.
  3. bigboy29 thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2016
    Actually you just made me realize that I was not completely accurate in my description: I actually had this happen when I was testing with Siri directly on the phone also, not just over BT. So it is not BT I think but rather Siri / dictation that makes this happen for some reason.

    In real life, the only time I want to talk to my phone is over BT so... that's why this is really a BT scenario for me...

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