Strange iPhone startup message

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by margolisd, May 17, 2009.

  1. margolisd macrumors newbie

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    Hi. This morning I turned my iphone on and there was a strange message that said "It's a nice day today, Dave. Why don't you go outside?". This wasn't a text message. It was in big writing on black with a large "Dismiss" button at the bottom.

    I'm quite freaked out. My name is Dave, it is a nice day today and I haven't been out for ages! :eek:

    My iphone isn't in any way hacked. The last thing I downloaded from the app store was SpawnLite.
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Are you in the UK? I believe what you experienced was a joke from a friend, that sounds like a flash message to me.
     
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  5. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    I REALLY wish we could do this on AT&T.

    I have so many friends with iPhones that would have no clue about this.
     
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I know! I just tried doing it after reading this thread. It's a no go...
     
  7. margolisd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah. I'm on O2 in the UK. A flash message? I can't believe I've never heard about these. It just happened again. I took a picture...

    http://gallery.me.com/david.margolis#100050

    I had a feeling it might be a friend. Now I've just got to work out who it was and plot my revenge.
     
  8. margolisd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Anybody in the UK reading this. Start your message with *go

    Then type your message with no space after the o. Have hours of fun convincing your friends their iphones have become self aware.
     
  9. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    To be fair it's a somewhat obscure feature, and the only reason I know of this is because other people on the forum have asked the exact same question as their friends were playing the same game.
     
  10. kAoTiX macrumors 6502

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    Timeless prank!
    I used to have an app for my old XDA EXEC that let me send flash messages direct from the text window. People used to freak out, much like the OP!

    Recommended to anyone who's bored :D
     
  11. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

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    If you go to the O2 website, and access your Bluebook, you should be able to see who sent you the message.
     
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